Early Childhood Development

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    Earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential:

    • Improves your skills and confidence while working with children
    • Increases your opportunities for growth in the early childhood field
    • Makes you eligible for positions in licensed child care facilities such as Group Leader, Teacher, and Assistant Teacher
    • Is recognized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia


    ECE Fundamentals and ESL for Childcare Workers prepare people to work in the childcare field and prepare them to begin the CDA course, which is offered in partnership with Pikes Peak Community College. (see below for course descriptions)

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  • Child Development Associate Certificate (120 hours):

    The course curriculum covers the growth and development of children aged from birth to five years, with 15 hours of training in each of these eight subject areas:

    • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
    • Advancing physical and intellectual development
    • Supporting social and emotional development
    • Building productive relationships with families
    • Managing an effective program operation
    • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
    • Observing and recording behavior
    • Understanding principles of child development and learning

    CDA CredentialTM application and examination fees are paid directly to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition and are separate from this tuition.

    Tuition: (minimum of 12 students required for classes to run): CDA Certificate, $200.00 (includes books)

    Classes held at:
    Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

    Dates & Times:
    Introduction to the CDA (pre-requisite): September 29th - October 8th 2020 
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 -8:30 pm at RJWAC

    CDA Course: October 13 - May 25
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:30 pm at RJWAC.

    Perfect attendance is required at each class or students may not be eligible for the CDA CredentialTM. 
    480 hour internship required


    ESL for Childcare Workers

    ESL for Childcare Workers will introduce early childhood learning concepts, basic vocabulary, and work-related customs and habits to students who do not speak English as their native language. This course will help non-native English speakers to be more successful in the CDA program. 


    Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

    Dates & Times:
    October - December 2020 (dates TBD)
    Fridays from 9 am-12 pm.


    Early Childhood Education Fundamentals

    This hybrid course in Early Childhood Education is comprised of both classroom learning and pre-internship workplace experience designed for non-native English speakers with ECE employment or training goals.    It provides contextualized practice for high intermediate and advanced language learners in the integrated skills for academic reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar in child development.  It gives practical assignments to develop competence in providing quality childcare. All content and skills are aligned with the CDA Credential and is designed to reduce barriers by meeting the language requirements and introducing foundational knowledge for learners to subsequently enroll in the CDA course in Fall 2021.


    Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

    Dates & Times:
    February – May 2021
    Schedule TBD
    12 weeks @ 10 hours per week.