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How to Compile Your
CDA
Professional
Resource
File
What is the CDA Professional Resource
File?
 A collection of 17 specific resource materials to help you in your work with children and families
 A way to provide experience in locating and gathering resources useful to your daily practice
 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 in your work with children and families
 An opportunity to reflect on and describe your personal view on working with children and families
What Does the CDA Professional
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The Competency Goals and Functional Areas are organized in the following way:
Competency Goal 1: To establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learning environment Contains Functional Areas:
 Safe
 Healthy
 Learning Environments
Competency Goal 2: To advance physical and intellectual competency
Contains Functional Areas:
 Physical
 Cognitive
 Communication
 Creativity
Competency Goal 3:
Contains Functional Areas:
 Self
 Social
 Guidance
Competency Goal 4:
Contains Functional Area:
 Families
Competency Goal 5:
Contains Functional Area:
 Program Management
Competency 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 correct number of the goal) followed by the competency goal statement.
Example:
Competency Goal 1
To 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 want to accomplish for the young children in your care. Example:

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