The CDA Competency Standards are the national standards used to evaluate a caregiver's performance with children and families during the CDA assessment process. The Competency Standards are divided into six Competency Goals, which are statements of a general purpose or goal for caregiver behavior. The Competency Goals apply to all child care settings.
The six goals are defined in more detail in the 13 Functional Areas, which describe the major tasks or functions that a caregiver must complete in order to carry out the Competency Goal. A Developmental Context, a brief overview of relevant child development principles, explains each Functional Area.
Although the six Competency Goals are the same for all settings (center-based, family child care, home visitor), the Functional Area definitions and sample behaviors differ for each setting and age group. The setting-specific materials available through the Council's online bookstore include detailed information appropriate for each setting.
CDA COMPETENCY STANDARDS AND FUNCTIONAL AREAS
Goal I. To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
3. Learning Environment
Goal II. To advance physical and intellectual competence
Goal III. To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
Goal IV. To establish positive and productive relationships with families
Goal V. To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs
12. Program Management
Goal VI. To maintain a commitment to professionalism
...Goal1 – To maintain a safe, healthy learning enviroment. To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment I model safety practices and healthy routines in an environment that supports development and growth in these areas. To accomplish this goal I complete daily safety checklists that include ensuring exits and hallways are open, electrical cords are out of reach, evacuation procedures are posted, fire extinguisher is working, emergency numbers are posted, sharp objects and cleaning supplies are in locked cabinets, furnishings are structurally sound, toys are in good condition, and nap time mats not torn or damaged. To prevent and reduce injuries I involve my children in all safety practices such as praticing evacuation procedures. I model with my actions and words safety practices for example when crossing the street look for cars, when going on a walk outside remindering them that feet must stay on the sidewalk, hands must stay on the rope while going on a walk as well as when evacuating the building during fire drills, during monthly fire drills I remain calm and walk the children through the procedure, and I use a stool to reach in high cupboards (as children do for the sink) and explain it is safest to use a stool. . To promote good health practices I check each child entering care for symptoms of illness or injury. Everyone washes hands before entering to play and often throughout the day at...