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


    Introduction to Child Development 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.


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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, $900.00 (includes books)

    Classes held at:
    Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

    Dates & Times:
    : September 10th at 6:00pm at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus (2115 Afton Way).

    Introduction to the CDA (pre-requisite): September 17-October 17, 2019  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 -8:30pm at RJWAC

    CDA Course: October 29-May 28 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:30pm 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 be taught by instructors from the District 11 Adult and Family Education program, alongside a CDA faculty member. This course will help non-native English speakers to be more successful in the CDA program. 


    Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

    Dates & Times:
    Spring 2020: January 24 - May 1, 2020  Fridays from 9am-12pm.