May 1, 2012 – Dutchess Community College will hold an information session May 15 for those interested in a 12-credit program that will prepare early childhood caregivers to apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The two-semester program is conducted on Tuesday evenings and is geared toward those already working in the child care field. Classes begin next fall semester, with an open house for prospective students scheduled for May 15 at
6 p.m. in Taconic Hall, Room 209.
The CDA is a nationally recognized credential given by the Council on Professional Recognition, a Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the professional status of child care providers. The credential is awarded for three settings: center-based, for which candidates are endorsed to work with infants and toddlers or pre-school children; family child care; and home visitor.
The College also offers associate degree programs in these fields. The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to become a teacher (head of group) in a child care center or an assistant in a public school setting. The Early Childhood Caregiver Applied Academic Certificate, a one-year program, provides early childhood and academically based skills to students working with, or seeking to work with, young children in day care centers or family day care settings.
For more information about the credential or degree programs, the information session or how to use SUNY Educational Incentive Program funds toward tuition costs, contact Early Childhood Education Field Supervisor Eileen Hall at (845) 431-8346.