The members of CDEA endorse a variety of early childhood education settings for young children to promote and facilitate parental choice.
These standards include: center-based, family child care, faith-based, private, and public programs.

In the fast-paced world in which we live, the importance of providing full and part-time care to our children is vital to meeting the individual needs of families and children.

CDEA supports:


Parent Choice

  • Private, public, faith-based, or family child care programs
  • Part-day or full day care to meet the needs of the family and child
  • Faith-based or other curricula that support the values and philosophy of the family

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

  • Developmentally appropriate room arrangement
  • Activity-based learning centers
  • Responsive pupil-teacher interaction
  • Learning activities appropriate to meet the needs of every child in the class

Special Needs

  • Early screening to identify children who may need further assessment
  • Individual plans and accommodations for children identified as having special needs
  • Inclusion of children into programs with typical peers
  • Additional teacher training specific to the field of inclusion as needed

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Standards for Programs

Child Standards should:

  • Reflect age appropriate activities View:  Readiness
  • Be rich in experiences through play View:  Experience Before Instruction
  • Include standards for mental, social, emotional, and physical growth View:  School Readiness
  • Include character development (Programs of faith should have their own standards for inclusion of faith.)

Program Standards should:

  • Meet or exceed licensing standards
  • Publish program’s philosophy and faith-based policies View:  Definition of Faith Base Program
  • Exemplify guidelines found in CDEA’s Quality Indicators
  • Seek to improve standards through Quality Rating Improvement Scale

Staff Standards should:

  • Acquire pre-service training prior to working with young children.
  • Become a member of a professional organization which supports personal values and beliefs.
  • Develop or follow a career plan which assists teachers in acquiring additional education in early childhood or related field.
  • Use a set of core competencies (a set of agreed upon standards about what practitioners should know and be able to do) to progress through a state training registry and a community college, college, or university.

Training Standards should:

  • Be consistent with best practice
  • Be based on core competencies for trainers
  • Be registry approved

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