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Meaningful Collaborations

"CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and an understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children. Earning the CDA Credential has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. More than 800,000 CDA credentials have been issued to date, with approximately 40,000 initial and renewal CDAs annually." - Council For Professional Recognition


Since 2003, our institute has been providing meaningful collaborations assisting Head Start Staff and community agencies in defining and fulfilling their missions and supporting the efforts of hiring passionate community members and parents. We’ve worked with industry-leading agencies and non-traditional, dual language and English as another language learners and have earned a reputation as a top Career Competence Program.

98% of our program learners are employed in Tribal and Rural Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare Community Partnership (EHS CCP) Programs throughout the Midwest and Northwest Region of the United States. We pride ourselves in providing accessibility to quality credential support for our recovering workforce. Take a look at our collaborative partnership list below. 

More than a CDA Prep Program:

  • Workforce Development Solutions: Developing, revising, or enhancing training or information sessions on EEO requirements, and providing a nondiscriminatory, welcoming work environment through the Code of Ethics


  • Apprenticeship Opportunities:

    • We will cooperate with local school boards and vocational education systems to develop and/or establish relationships with pre-apprenticeship programs targeting students from each underutilized group to prepare them to meet the standards and criteria required to qualify for entry into our apprenticeship programs

    • We establish linkage agreements or partnerships with pre-apprenticeship programs, community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, or other appropriate organizations, in recruiting qualified individuals for apprenticeship

  • As advocates for equitable wages we support Head Start programs and EHS CCPs in taking steps in creating assurances that compensation in an occupational group  does not vary based on any protected category

  • We consult with agencies to ensure compliance by supporting the revision of disciplinary standards in organizational structures to ensure that they do not discriminate towards laborers on the basis of any protected category including instructional compliance while meeting professional development lattice goals.

  • We guide agency administration to work towards revising work assignments to ensure that they do not discriminate on the basis of any protected category

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