FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2010

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518.463.3175 ext 101
mbowen@albanycap.org

Child Care Credential Awarded to ACAP Head Start Teachers
ACAP’s Head Start Program Looks at Credentialing as a Way of Maintaining Quality Classrooms

Albany, NY – May 13, 2010 – Ada Millington and J. William Murphy of the Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) have been awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood education profession.

CDA is the only major national effort to improve early childhood education and care by evaluation and recognition of skills by individuals providing child care. The first credential was awarded over 30 years ago, and now 49 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their childcare licensing regulations.

Today, parents who are using early education and care are especially concerned about their children’s welfare.  With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA Credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children’s physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and a healthy learning environment.

“The CDA credential is having a positive effect on the quality of early childhood education and care at our Head Start and child care locations,” said Terry Kimball, ACAP’s Director of Early Childhood Education.  “We require all of our teaching assistants that do not already have an associates or bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education to pursue the CDA.  We believe in the value of the credential to our agency and to the families that we serve.”

Child care staff and parents wanting information on CDA should write to the Council of Professional Recognition at 2460 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009-3547.  Questions regarding ACAP’s Child Care/Early Learning Center program (infant/toddler) or Head Start (children 3-5 years old), please call 518-463-3175 or email us at info@albanycap.org.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. ACAP currently runs 14 programs and services in 17 locations around Albany County, including Head Start, child care, employment, weatherization and energy assistance.  Visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

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