CDAs

Employability

Employment outcome for Child Development Associates is very promising in the country. EduWorkforce CDA Gold is "Adult Education For Work."

Child Development Associate Employment Outlook. Occupational Employment and Wages.

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The primary target occupation for which EduWorkforce CDA Gold training prepares the CDAs, as published by the Virginia Employment Commission, is early childhood education. It is no secret that the CDA Credential is industry valued and recognized. The CDA Credential is sure to lead into job opportunities in early childhood education field.

The labor market data around the country show evidence of available jobs CDA certificate holders at a minimum of $12 per hour. In the commonwealth of Virginia, CDAs can earn up to $22 depending of their experiences in education.

Upon completion of the EduWorkforce 120-hour CDA Gold, candidate will be eligible to find employment in preschool center, childcare facilities, family home care programs, home visitors programs and at professional nannies agencies.

Upon completion of Eduworkforce 120-hour CDA Gold program, work or volunteer experience in childcare of 480 hours, and the achievement of the CDA certificate, candidates are eligible to find employment as preschool teachers, professional babysitters or nannies. They also work at Early Head Start and Head Start programs as teachers and assistant teachers. Companies such as Bright-Horizons, Kindercares and program such as Head Start, invest in CDAs training as they recognize the importance of certified teachers for the well-being of children and their businesses.

Types of Child Care

  • Kindergarten- schools that are usually restricted to children who are at least four years old that emphasizes play.
  • Montessori Schools- school that believes in self-education; for children to “learn how to learn.”
  • School-Age Child Care-provide care for children (ages 5-10 years old most often) before and/or after school.
  • Child Care Centers: facilities that offer full-day children’s programs.
  • Parent Cooperatives- formed and run by parents who wish to take part in their children’s preschool experience.
  • Family Child Care/Homes- child care: is provided in a private home with a small number of children.
  • Laboratory Schools- programs located on a post-secondary or college campus that support practical experiences for future teachers and serve as a study group for research.
  • Head Start- provides child care and education for three-four and five-year-olds from low-income families.
  • Early Head Start- provides child care and and education for three months to three year old.
  • High School Child Care Program- like the laboratory schools, these programs train future high school child care professionals.
  • Early Centers- centers that operate Childhood based on sponsorship: public, private, and employer- sponsored.

Source: Sarah Pralle- "Why I Teach."