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Phase Three: ColleCTion of DoCumenTaTion & Professional resourCe file

ColleCTion of DoCumenTaTion & Professional resourCe file
Phase Three includes:
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Overview of Documentation........................................................ 2 Professional Resource File ............................................................ 3 Autobiography ................................................................................ 4 Statements of Competence ........................................................... 8 Resource Collection (17 specific items) .................................... 16 Parent Questionnaires ................................................................. 20 Formal CDA Observation........................................................... 22 Compiling your Professional Resource File; Putting it All Together ................................................................. 24

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Get Ready for the Direct Assessment Application .................. 34

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Phase Three: ColleCTion of DoCumenTaTion & Professional resourCe file

overview of Documentation
At this stage of the CDA process, the CDA candidate is either finished or nearly finished with their 120 hours of formal child care education hours and begins to compile the required Collection of Documentation. The documentation is designed to help present evidence of the CDA Candidate’s competence through written documentation and collection of materials. There are five components that make up the documentation process: l l l l l

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The Professional Resource File The Parent Opinion Questionnaires The CDA Assessment Observation Instrument The Early Childhood Studies Review *see Phase Four The Oral Interview *see Phase Four

Get organized
This stage is not only about completing the required Collection of Documentation, but also preparing to apply for the CDA credential or what the Council calls Direct Assessment Application. It’s time to get organized! The CDA Assessment Systems and Competency Standard book has a checklist summarizing what to complete BEFORE submitting the CDA Application (p. 34 for preschool, p. 34 for Infant/ Toddler, p. 33 for Family Child Care). Contact your CDA Advisor to schedule a visit for the Formal Observation. If you cannot find a CDA Advisor, contact the Council at 800-424-4310 and request the Advisor Registry list or to problem solve finding a CDA Advisor. Doing this now allows you time to plan for the Formal Observation (according to your targeted CDA Application date).

CDa note:
All collection of documentation is dated within six months of the application process. Leave dates on collection of documentation materials blank until you know your application and your verification visit dates.

note: The formal observation process is reviewed in detail later in this Phase. To help you plan and get organized, remember that the Council accepts CDA Applications on a rolling basis. Know when you plan to apply and plan accordingly.

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Phase Three: ColleCTion of DoCumenTaTion & Professional resourCe file

The Professional resource file
The Professional Resource File is a collection of materials that early childhood professional will use in their work with young children and families; a portfolio of work. It is a working resource – one that should be useful to a CDA candidate during his/her career in early childhood education. The Professional Resource file is an exciting way for CDA candidates to share their individual knowledge and early childhood ideas. Most CDA candidates use a notebook to build their Professional Resource File, as it can be neatly organized, reviewed, and transported. The Council states that the Professional Resource File must be complete, easy to read, and professional, but the candidate may choose what type of “container” they want to use, such as a notebook or file container of choice.

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CDa note:
Create a folder to house your materials...
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