Since 2018, over 10,000 educators and counting have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS® program. That’s a milestone in and of itself. But when you zoom out, it means that tens of thousands of children are now cared for by these professionals. And, when you think of the number of meaningful, high-quality interactions that happen each and every day? It’s not unreasonable to think that there are a hundred thousand or more brain-building moments that happen daily because learners have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS program.
The CDA with CLASS is the only Child Development Associate preparation program powered by CLASS. The interactions that matter most - that research shows are critical for children’s learning and development - are highlighted, while educators earn a valuable credential. And, each program is full of videos and materials that showcase these powerful interactions in real classrooms, helping learners see these ideas and best practices in action.
This course has truly changed the way I think and feel about education, being an educator and how I teach and interact with my students. Every day is a new day to try something new or apply a newly learned concept and see how I can fit it into my class. Did it work? If no, how can I improve on It? This class is teaching me so much.
You can choose the CDA experience that’s right for you, on your schedule. Early childhood providers and educators know the value of furthering their knowledge and credentials. They’re also some of the busiest professionals around. That’s why we offer multiple options for earning a CDA with CLASS. Tap into the knowledge and support of a facilitator who can give guidance and support pacing towards completion in 24 weeks. Or, choose the on-demand option to work completely at your own pace. Complete coursework on a computer, or access our easy-to-use platform on a mobile device. No matter what works best for you, flexibility is built into the program.
The CDA with CLASS lets you take the best first step - while planning for your next one. Our programs have received the CDA Gold Standard. The high-quality program you take will prepare you to earn your credential and meet other professional development goals with CEUs or college credit. If you decide to keep going, you can apply to seamlessly transfer your college credits (earned at a great value!) into a Waldorf University Associate’s program.
You can get it all done. There’s no doubt about it - earning your CDA takes work. That’s why the CDA with CLASS programs have built in supports to get you as close as possible to the finish line. You’ll build your required portfolio as part of the coursework, so not only will you have your CEUs or college credits, you’ll be two steps closer to obtaining your CDA.
We’re so proud of the thousands of learners that have taken advantage of the flexible options, supportive and engaging courses, and unique focus on CLASS-based interactions in our CDA with CLASS programs. The early childhood workforce is stronger because they’re in it.
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At Teachstone, our driving vision is to ensure every child experiences life-changing teaching. This mission is why we’re making a commitment to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. And, we know that bringing this commitment to life requires providing education leaders with the support they need to not only face the current challenges, but that will propel towards the future of quality and equity.
Given the context of today’s educational landscape, the global pandemic we are still fighting, and the divides our country is facing, strong leadership is essential. There is a clear need to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. But, what does that mean exactly for educational leaders who are leading the way?
Nearly two years ago I joined Teachstone with a deep desire and commitment to support leaders and teachers with real-time, practical, and evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the current needs of children, families, and educators. For the 20 years prior, I led organizations working at the national, state, and local levels focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in marginalized communities. As a practitioner at heart, my passion has been translating research to practice to drive impact and positive outcomes for children. This passion brought me to Teachstone.
Many teachers and leaders associate CLASS® with preschool. And we get it! It’s used in early childhood classrooms across the country, including Head Start programs, and it’s been more important than ever for young children as they begin to return to in-person learning.
But the principles of CLASS - Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, Instructional Support - are important for children well beyond Pre-K. The ever-increasing research base shows that interactions matter for children’s social-emotional and academic development. That’s why CLASS is organized to support children from infancy to high school with the developmentally appropriate interactions that drive learning - and why K-12 leaders are embracing CLASS in their schools.