Early Care and Education Programs
The Bank Street College of Education Early Care and Education Programs offers a unique training opportunity for entry-level professionals (early childhood educators, assistant teachers, and family childcare providers) who want to enhance their skills in working with young children from birth through five years. Our CDA program responds to the growing need for skilled early childhood staff, and promotes quality childcare that brings a strong developmental perspective to their work with young children and families.
The CDA is a professional credential that is recognized by early childhood educators nationwide. The Bank Street CDA credential is organized and administered by the Council For Professional Recognition so that participants can take part in a year-long course of study that focuses on child development, curriculum and the learning environment, building relationships with families, program management, and professionalism. Candidates receive individual and small group advisement to promote their professional and personal growth. Each candidate receives an internship placement, an on-site consultation and observation from our Bank Street advisors. Our program enables early childhood professionals to gain the knowledge and skills which they need to provide high quality services for children birth to five.
We will also provide you with information on applying for the New York State Childcare Educational Incentive Program (EIP).
The Bank Street CDA is one way you can take the next step in your career. An important milestone in your professional development, the Bank Street CDA can lead to other credentials such as an associate degree.