The Chart of Equivalents outlines other education, certificates, or credentials that can meet the education requirements for staff qualifications. This chart can be found on pages 33-34 of the Foundational Quality Standards Guidebook. As additional options are developed or identified, this list may expand.
Below are a few related credentials we get many questions about:
What about the CDA?
The CDA is a credential provided by the Council for Professional recognition and is listed in the Chart of Related Credentials, and is an equivalent to the initial certificate. DCYF allows for each of the specialty areas of CDA to be accepted to meet staff qualifications. Once approved, if the CDA expires, it does not change the staff qualification status. An expired CDA cannot be used as an equivalent credential if it was not been verified while it was valid. Remember: The CDA is accepted at community and technical colleges. DCYF suggests that while your CDA is valid, you connect with your local community college and see how you can get college credit for your CDA if you have not done so. College credits never expire. An expired CDA can’t be used if a future opportunity comes up that requires the next level of a credential.
What about Military Modules?
The Military Modules are offered on military installations as part of their requirements for licensing and meet the equivalent of the initial certificate for staff qualifications.
What about Montessori Certificates and Training Programs?
Yes, DCYF recognizes some Montessori Credentials that are MACTE accredited. Some common affiliate organizations we recognize include AMS and AMI, but there are also many more.
What about my Early Achievers Rating?
Early Achievers ratings speak to the overall quality of a program, environment, and is attached to the whole facility. The education requirements are attached to each individual person.