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The 17 items

April 17, 2012

This blog is to help people earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This blog will give tips, suggestions, etc. on assembling the 17 items needed for the Professional Resource File. The instructions/items are listed below. 

Competency Goal I: 
Create a label for each sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. 
1. Provide a summary of the legal requirements your state has regarding child
abuse and neglect. Be sure to include contact information for the appropriate
agency and your program’s policy regarding your responsibility to report child
abuse and neglect.
2. Provide a copy of a current certificate of completion of a certified pediatric first aid
training course that includes treating blocked airways and providing rescue
breathing for infants and young children. Certification must be within the last
three years.
3. Use the internet to obtain the name and contact information for an agency that
supplies information on nutrition for children and/or nutrition education for
families.
4. Provide a sample of a weekly lesson plan that includes goals for children’s
learning and development, a brief description of planned learning experiences
and accommodations for children with special needs.
Competency Goal II: You will have two separate sheet protectors. Create a label
for each sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. The labels will be
numbered and typed as follows:
5. Select four songs, finger plays, word games, or poems that promote hearing the
sounds in spoken language (phonological awareness). Describe strategies that
promote phonological awareness among children whose home language is
not English.
(#6 will be unique to your specific setting)
(Center-based Preschool)
6. Describe nine learning experiences for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds; three for 3-year
olds, three for 4-year olds and three for 5-year-olds. Each learning
experience should promote physical, cognitive and creative development.
Describe your goals, materials and teaching strategies.
(Center-based Infant/Toddler)
Describe nine learning experiences for young children: three for young
infants, three for mobile infants, and three for toddlers. Each learning
experience should promote physical, cognitive and creative development.
Describe your goals, materials and teaching strategies.
(Add additional page protectors, if needed).
(Family Child Care)
Describe nine learning experiences for young children: three for infants, three
for toddlers, and three for preschoolers. Each learning experience should
promote physical, cognitive and creative development. Describe your goals,
materials and teaching strategies.
Competency Goal III: You will have three separate sheet protectors. Create a label
for each sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. The labels will be
numbered and should be completed as follows:
7.
Make a list of 10 age-appropriate children’s books that can be used to support
development of children’s self-concept and self-esteem and to help children
deal with life’s challenges. Include the title, author, publisher, copyright date and a short
summary for each book.
8. Use the Internet, public library or your program’s professional library to obtain
at least two resources designed to help teachers constructively deal with
challenging behaviors like hitting or biting or shyness.
9. Provide the name and telephone number of an agency in your community for
family counseling referrals.
Competency Goal IV: You will have two separate sheet protectors. Create a label
for each sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. The labels will be
numbered and should be completed as follows:
10. Find out where to obtain resources, materials and translation services for
families whose home language is other than English. Provide the agency’s
name and contact information.
11. Document your program’s policies that specify parents’ responsibilities and
what the program does for the parents.
(Note: If your program has a parent handbook, this is where you might find this information. You
could also contact your program director to see what other information is available.)
Competency Goal V: You will have one sheet protector. Create a label for the
sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. The label will be numbered
and typed as follows:
12. Provide three samples of record-keeping forms used in early childhood
programs. Include an accident report form, an emergency form and a third
form of your choice.
(Note: These should be blank forms, without any personal information.)
Competency Goal VI: You will have five separate sheet protectors. Create a label
for each sheet protector and put it in the upper right corner. The labels will be
numbered and typed as follows:
13. Use the internet to obtain the name, address and phone number of your state’s
agency that regulates child care centers and homes. These regulations are
available at the website of the National Resource Center for Health and Safety
in Child Care: http://nrckids.org/STATES/states.htm . Make a copy of the section(s)
that describes qualification requirements for personnel (teachers, directors
and assistants) in a child care center.
14. Review the websites of two or three national early childhood associations (one
with a local affiliate). Obtain information about membership, their resources
and how to join. Download and include at least two resources from the
Internet that will enhance your work with children.
(Note: Some examples of associations are:
MLFCCA (Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association)-Local
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)-National)
(#14 will be unique to your specific setting)
(Center-based Preschool)
15. Obtain four pamphlets or articles designed to help parents understand how
young children develop and learn. At least one article must relate to guidance.
(Center-based Infant/Toddler)
Obtain four pamphlets or articles designed to help parents understand how
young children develop and learn. At least one article must relate to brain
development.
(Family Child Care)
Obtain four pamphlets or articles designed to help parents understand how
young children develop and learn. At least one article must relate to guidance.
16. Locate an observation tool to use in recording information about children’s
behavior. One copy should be blank; the other one should be filled out to use
as a sample of your observation of an individual child.
(Note: Do not include any child’s name on the observation form.)
17. Obtain contact information for at least two agencies in the community that
provide resources and services for children with disabilities.
(Note: In many communities, the local school district provides these services. This would be ECSE,
Early Childhood Special Education.)

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