CDA Re-Imagined Mentoring Program
We are Proud to Become a Partner with the CDA Council!
Origins Learning Community is proud to be a partner with the Council for Professional Recognition. After a lot of hard teamwork among all of our mentors, we applied to become a partner with The Council in the Fall of 2020 and were accepted as a partner in February 2021. We look forward to fulfilling all of our goals we proposed to The Council. Most importantly, offering a CDA Program that offers CDA Candidates mentoring support from start to finish! Our thanks to the Council for Professional Recognition for their support of newly forming nonprofits like ours.
CDA Mission Statement
CDA Course- General Overview
Welcome to your CDA Community!
Safety and Supervision of Young Children
Learn how to create safe learning environments for young children according to state laws and best practices. More importantly, discover fun ways to model safety and teach safety to young children in socially-emotionally supportive ways. SAfe classrooms are classrooms where learning thrives!
Health, Wellness and Nutrition of Young Children
Learn about state laws for keeping children healthy, fun ways to educate children about health and nutrition and modeling healthy behavior with young children through a social-emotional, culturally responsive lens. When families and educators work together to keep children healthy, children learn better!
Creating Beautiful Learning Environments for Young Children
Learn how to create beautiful, inclusive and educational play-based learning environments for young children. Discover dynamic ways to connect with the children and bring their learning to the next level. In this course, we will reflect on what it means to be culturally responsive and meet children's individual needs while preparing the classroom learning environments.
The Physical and Adaptive Domains
Freedom of movement is essential for young children's social-emotional and cognitive development as well as their physical development. Learn about important milestones in young children's physical and adaptive development and how to best support those milestones. Be prepared to move and groove as we explore the importance of teacher participation!
Understanding the Cognitive Domain
Focusing on sensory, science, mathematics, social studies, and technology, learn about creating dynamic learning centers that will motivate young children to want to learn critical thinking skills, explore the world around them, and strengthen their executive function skills.
Creative Development in Young Children
Communication and the Language Domain
Learn how language/literacy activities can be woven throughout all areas of curriculum all day long, giving children opportunities to reach important milestones while building their self-confidence. Come up with new ideas for creating beautiful literacy centers in your classroom based on each individual child's interests and family home cultures.
The Child's Sense of Self
Discover how you can help young children feel emotionally safe, practice managing their emotions, and build positive self-esteem by honoring their family home culture, individuality, and celebrating their strengths.
Social Life of the Child
Just as we are responsible for supporting children's cognitive, language and physical development, we must guide them on how to interact with others in the classroom environment. Learn important teaching practices and anti-bias curriculum activities for helping young children reach social milestones throughout the school-day.
Guidance Practices for Compassionate Classrooms
With our help children can learn how to solve social problems and work alongside others in a diverse and inclusive world. Learn teaching strategies for creating peaceful, joyful classrooms where problems and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities and children are guided by love and patience.
Partnering with Families
Partnering with families is vital to children's positive self-esteem, ability to control their emotions, and learn academic skills. Discover ways to connect and communicate with families and what "funds of knowledge" they can contribute.
Classroom Program Management
Throughout the course you have learned about managing a classroom program and using observation tools to support children's learning, Now we will pull it all together, adding the final few pieces of the classroom management puzzle. Decide which observation tools are right for you. Fine tune your program management skills for a harmonious, well-run classroom or home.
Throughout the course we have explored the culture of early childhood education and what it means to be a professional in the field. Learn how you can advocate for young children, families and the ECE profession. Define yourself as the awesome professional you are!
Your Journey Continues
Celebrate your accomplishments so far and learn about the next steps on your CDA journey. We will walk you through applying for the assessment process on the CDA Council's website and tell you about some great resources they have for CDA Candidates!