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CDA Training and College Scholarship Program

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CDA TrainingTeachers matter more to student learning than anything else in a school. Children thrive when they have a steady, nurturing relationship with their caretakers. And, yet, it is common to have annual turnover rates of 30 percent among early childhood educators, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

United Way invests in continuing education for child care professionals. These individuals, many of whom are ALICE, are entrusted with the care of our children at a time of great vulnerability, but even greater potential. When teachers feel valued and are motivated to improve, classroom quality is enhanced, benefiting children and families.

Better Teachers, Successful Kids

United Way is helping more child care professionals attain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a reliable and recognized demonstration of a child care professional's ability to meet the needs of children. To combat high turnover rates and recognize their significant accomplishment, United Way offers a salary increase and retention award to graduates of the CDA program who stay with their child care centers for six months upon completion of the program.

United Way also provides scholarships to child care professionals pursuing a college degree in early childhood education. We encourage employees at our partner child care centers to pursue college degrees and additional certifications.

We’re Making a Difference

Since its inception in 2001, this program has graduated 60 teachers. 94 percent of those graduates remained employed at their center for six months following the receipt of their CDA.

For More Information

To learn more about these scholarships and credentials, email Kathy Kwasnik or call 973.993.1160, x130.

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