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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET G Center-based programs can include nursery schools, child care, Head Start, lab schools, child development programs, or parent cooperatives. They can be full-time or part-time operations and have structured or unstructured sched- ules. These programs can be in universi- ties, public schools, churches, or privately owned and operated. Programs that meet the CDA requirements for a center-based setting can be non- profit or for-profit. G Contact the Council (800–424–4310, www.cdacouncil.org) for more information on the home visitor setting, bilingual setting, or special education setting. 8 will have information about the CDA application requirements and process, with the entire midsection devoted to a thorough overview of the six Competency Standards. The back of each Competency Standards book includes a section of perforated docu- ments, including an application form, cover sheets needed for the Professional Portfolio, the Comprehensive Scoring Instrument, and other documents that the you and the PD Specialist will use during the verification visit. What Do These Settings Look Like? Center-Based Preschool Setting This is a state-licensed child development center where a candidate is working with a group of at least eight children. All of the children in the group are ages three to five years. Also, the entire center-based program needs to have at least ten children enrolled with at least two caregivers working in the center with the children on a regular basis. Center-Based Infant/Toddler Setting This is a licensed child development center at which a candidate can be observed working as a primary caregiver with a group of at least three children ages birth through thirty-six months. Also, the entire center-based program needs to have at least ten children en- rolled with at least two caregivers working in the center with the children on a regular basis. Note that center-based programs can include nursery schools, day care, Head Start, lab schools, child development programs, or parent cooperatives. They can be full-time or part-time operations and have structured or unstructured schedules. These programs can be in universities, public schools, churches, or privately owned and operated. Programs that meet the CDA requirements for a center-based setting can be nonprofit or for-profit (Council for Professional Recognition 2006, 2013). Family Child Care Setting This is a family child care home in which a candidate is working with at least two children, ages five years old or younger. These children are not to be related to the candidate by either blood or marriage. This child care home must meet minimum state and local regulations, unless it is lo- cated where there is no regulation of family child care. Home Visitor Setting This is a program of home visits to families with young children from birth to five years old. Its main focus is providing support and education to parents, helping them meet the needs of their growing children. Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL