How to Compile YourCDA ProfessionalResource FileWhat is the CDA Professional Resource File? A collection of 17 specific resource materials to help you in your work with childrenand families A way to provide experience in locating and gathering resources useful to your dailypractice One part of the CDA assessment process and a CDA program requirement A way for you to demonstrate your competence A way for the National CDA Council to evaluate your competence A way for you to show the National CDA Council who you are and what you value inyour work with children and families An opportunity to reflect on and describe your personal view on working with childrenand familiesWhat Does the CDA Professional ResourceFile Contain? Autobiography (300-600 words):Your autobiography describes who you are and why you chose to work with youngchildren. Documentation of required CDA training (120 hours) and work experience (480hours). Six Competency Goal statements (250-500 words):The statements describe what you do with young children, why you do it, and howyou incorporate these practices into your daily routines. Resource Collection (17 items):The Resource Collection shows the seventeen resource items requested by theNational CDA Council, arranged by competency goal areas and numbers.
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralOrganizing the Professional Resource File The CDA Professional Resource File is typically organized in a 4-5 inch 3-ring binder,with divider sections and plastic sleeve-protectors to hold your autobiography,documentation of training and work experience, your competency statements, andthe seventeen resources. You will need the following materials for your ProfessionalResource File:– 4 or 5 inch 3-ring binder– 6 tabbed dividers (buy the kind that are already 3-hole punched)– 25-35 plastic sleeve protectors– A pack of stick-on tabs in at least 7 different colors– A pack of stick-on white mailing labelsAn alternate way to organize your Professional Resource File is to use a sturdyhanging file box. For this, you will need the file box, hanging file folders in 7different colors, tabs, and stick-on white mailing labels. Organize seven sections in your Resource File. The first section is for yourAutobiography and documentation of training and work experience. Each of thefollowing sections is for one of the six Competency Areas. In each of the Competency Area sections, start with your Competency Statementfollowed by all of the resources required for that competency area. Each item shouldbe labeled and numbered, tabbed with the same color tabs, and placed in yourResource File in order. We recommend that your Professional Resource File be arranged in the followingorder:– Cover page– Autobiography– Documentation of CDA Training:For students in the ND CCR&R CDA Training Program, this is the certificates youreceive as you complete each module of this course or your ND CCR&R transcript.If you took the courses for college credit, use your college transcript showingcredits for the CDA courses as documentation.– Documentation of Work Experience:If you are a family/group child care provider, document your work experience withcopies of your scheduling calendar and your previous year’s tax return. If you workin a center or Head Start program, ask your director to print a copy of your workhours on letterhead, and sign it.– First Section Divider**– Competency Goal Statement 1– Resources for Goal Statement 1– Second Section Divider– Competency Goal Statement 2– Resources for Goal Statement 2– Third Section Divider and so on through Competency Goal 6
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & Referral**NOTE that each section uses one color to tab each item included in thesection. These are just examples – you can pick any colors you want.However, it is recommended to color-code each section so that the national CDArepresentative can easily find the items you are required to gather and organize. Most people decorate their CDA Professional Resource File to display their ownpersonality. Photographs, children’s art work, craft paper, or scrapbooking decals canall be used to make your resource file as attractive as possible. Some people useshort poems or inspirational quotes to decorate their section dividers. This is entirelyup to you. Just make sure that all the required materials are easy to find and clearlylabeled. Don’t over-do – you want your Professional Resource File to be professional. Don’t include a lot of extra material. Add a separate “Supplemental Resources”section to the back of your Professional Resource File if you have many items thatyou really want to keep or showcase, but that are not required by the National CDACouncil. You could also start a separate binder for this extra material.Guidelines for Writing CDA CompetencyStatementsYour Competency Statements are a key part of your Professional Resource Fileand you want to take the time to write them well. You will need to make two setsof your Competency Statements – one for your Professional Resource File andone for the CDA Council representative to take at the time of your DirectAssessment visit. A statement of competency should describe your understanding and knowledge inone of the CDA Competency Goals, as well as demonstrate how you are competentto care for young children by giving specific examples of the things you do in yourwork with children and families. Each of the six Competency Goals contains sub-categories called Functional Areas.There are thirteen Functional Areas, which must be address in the Competency Goalstatements. The Competency Goals and Functional Areas are organized in thefollowing way:Competency Goal 1: To establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learningenvironmentContains Functional Areas:– Safe– Healthy– Learning EnvironmentsCompetency Goal 2: To advance physical and intellectual competencyContains Functional Areas:– Physical– Cognitive– Communication– Creativity
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralCompetency Goal 3:Contains Functional Areas:– Self– Social– GuidanceCompetency Goal 4:Contains Functional Area:– FamiliesCompetency Goal 5:Contains Functional Area:– Program ManagementCompetency Goal 6:Contains Functional Area:– Professionalism Each of the six Competency Goal Statements should:– Be written on a separate sheet of paper– Be typed in 12-point font, using either Arial or Times New Roman– Be spell-checked, written in full sentences, and grammatically correct– Be 250-500 words in length– Include at the top of the page the heading: Competency Goal (and the correctnumber of the goal) followed by the competency goal statement. Example:Competency Goal 1To establish a safe, healthy, learning environment– Have your name written on the page– Staple together if the competency statement is longer than one page– Include each of the Functional Areas included in that competency goal Write clear goals for each Functional Area. In other words, describe WHAT you wantto accomplish for the young children in your care. Example: “My goal is to minimizethe spread of germs in my child care setting and to keep children healthy.” Write a philosophy statement for each Functional Area. In other words, describeWHY you do the things you do for the young children in your care. Example: “This isan important goal because I know that young children in child care settings are morelikely to be exposed to germs and to carry those germs to their families.” Write 250-500 words describing how you incorporate these practices and activitiesinto your daily work with children, in each Functional Area. In other words, describeHOW you carry out good practices in your child care setting. Include at least threeexamples of how you meet your goal. Example: “To meet my goal, I practice safehandwashing by using liquid soap and paper towels, and making sure to wash myhands after changing diapers, before handling food, and after cleaning or coming infrom outside. I teach the children to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds to getmost germs off their hands.”An example of a complete Competency Goal statement is included on the followingpage.
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralEXAMPLE:Competency Goal 1To establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learning environmentFunctional Area 1: SafeOne of my goals in the functional area of safe is to prevent or reduce injuries while children arein my care. This is an important goal for the age group children in my care because youngchildren are often not aware of hazards in the environment or of behaviors that could causeinjury. One of the ways I do this is by supervising children at all times. I always make surechildren are where I can see and hear them, even when they are napping. Another way I do thisis by checking the child care environment, both inside and outside, every morning before thechildren arrive to make sure that outlet plugs are in place, that child-safety latches are hooked,and that there are no broken toys or dangerous objects in the child care space. I also use aweekly safety checklist in my classroom, to be sure I have checked the room completely.Outside, I check to be sure that there are no splinters, rusting equipment, or sharp pieces. I amcareful that children not have strings on their clothing that could result in them getting caught orbeing strangled.Functional Area 2: HealthyOne of my goals in the functional area of healthy is to prevent the spread of germs in my childcare. This is an important goal for the age group children in my care because young children donot have good control over bodily functions and germs can be easily spread when children arein such close contact with each other. One of the ways I do this is by washing my hands beforeand after changing a diaper or helping a child use the toilet, after wiping noses or cleaning upother bodily fluids, before and after handling food or bottles, after coming in from outside, andany other time my hands are dirty. I also help the children to wash their hands at similar times.Another way I do this is by washing and sanitizing all mouthed toys immediately, and other toysdaily. I also make sure each child has his/her own bedding and I wash and sanitize beddingweekly. I have attended classes on SIDS and always place infants to sleep on their backs, withno fluffy bedding or other materials that could suffocate them. I believe that children need avariety of healthy foods, so our program belongs to the USDA Food Program and we serve lotsof fruits and vegetables. I always sit down to eat with the children to model good eating habits.Functional Area 3: Learning EnvironmentsOne of my goals in the functional area of Learning Environments is provide children with manyand varied opportunities for learning through play. This is an important goal for the age groupchildren in my care because young children learn by doing, by uses their senses to gatherinformation about the world. One of the ways I do this is by regularly observing the children inmy care to see what their interests, skills, and abilities are.Then I plan activities to meet their interests and needs. Another way I do this is by setting mychild care environment up in interest areas---blocks, books, art, writing, puzzles and small toys,and dress-up. I change the materials in these areas frequently, to keep the children interested inwhat’s going on. I like to show children new things: last week I put flax seeds in the sensorytable and added warm water. The children enjoyed the slippery feeling and I was able tointroduce lots of new words such as “smooth,” “slippery,” “slimy,” and so on.Competency Statement 1 by Jane Candidate
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralSelf/Peer Review of Competency StatementUse this checklist to help you review your competency statement. You might findit helpful to have someone else review your competency statement, to give youobjective feedback.Which statement of competence wasreviewed?Who wrote it?Is this a self review or a peer review?Date of review:Did the statement contain:Is the statement labeled with thecorrect goal number?Are all the functional areasincluded in this goal?Does the statement start with aheading with the goal number anddescription statement?Is the author’s name on thepaper?Is the paper neat and typed?Is the paper typed in 12-point font,either Arial or Times New Roman?YesNoComments
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralAre all the words spelledcorrectly?Are complete sentences used?Does the statement include a cleargoal for each functional area?Does the statement give a clearreason WHY the goal isimportant?Does the statement give a numberof clear, specific examples of thepractices the candidates uses withchildren to reach her/his goal ineach functional area?Are the examples appropriate forthe age group the candidate workswith?Is each functional area paragraphbetween 250-500 words in length?Writing Your AutobiographyThis first page of your CDA Professional Resource File is your autobiography. The worksheet on the following page is designed to help you write your autobiography. Thinkcarefully about what you want to say because your autobiography will be sent to theNational CDA Council at the time of your national assessment. Your autobiography isthe only thing the representatives of the National Council will have to tell them who youare and why you are working toward the CDA Credential. The representatives will nevermeet you or talk to you, so you want to make sure your autobiography gives them agood picture of YOU.The length of your finished autobiography should be about one-page, double spaced.Be sure to type your autobiography, with the heading and your name centered at the topof the page.
ND CCR&R Child Care Resource & ReferralThink about the following things, and then complete the worksheet on the next page:Personal history: your name, where you were born, members of your family, whereyou went to school, and so on.Experience working with young chil