New Career Opportunities In Early Childhood Education


The Nassau BOCES Adult Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program is currently running a new course specially designed for individuals who want to pursue a career in early childhood education. The Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program offers students an opportunity to establish themselves in the childcare industry.

Through this course, students will earn 60 of the 120 hours required to obtain the Childhood Development Associate Credential and prepare for the certification exam. CDA certification is the most widely recognized credential in the childcare industry, accepted among early childhood educators, and day care workers and owners.

The course also offers training in the six competency standards of CDA, that serve as industry guidelines for early childcare professionals and qualified teachers of young children. Future sessions will provide the remaining study hours needed to complete certification.

“The CDA course reflects the needs of the childcare industry in Nassau County and throughout the region,” said Laura Holder-Gibbs, principal of adult education. “We’re very excited to offer this vital new course. At a time when our nation is focused on college and career readiness, job creation and economic recovery, addressing adult education on Long Island is critical.”

The Nassau BOCES Adult CTE Program is the perfect launch pad for Long Islanders who are looking to enter the job market or are ready for a career change. From job training in entry-level positions to coursework designed to advance current skills, this comprehensive program has something for everyone.

Classes are held at the state-of-the-art Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center at 1196 Prospect Ave. in Westbury. Call 516-622-6950, email, or visit for more information.

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