District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL)
07/24/17 3:00 PM
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofits, for-profits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations to provide training programs for early childhood development professionals. The purpose of this program is to grow the number of early childhood professionals that have obtained the required competencies. Grantees will provide technical support and funded scholarships for individuals earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a stackable, gateway credential on the pathway of career advancement in the early care and education profession. The credential provides a much needed foundation for building the essential competencies needed by entry-level early childhood professionals providing infant/toddler, preschool, or family child care. The CDA Credential is portable across states and school-districts nationwide. It is competency-based and the only multilingual credentialing system that assesses early childhood professionals in the language of their daily work.
In the District of Columbia (DC), the CDA is recognized as a valid credential for early childhood professionals. The CDA fills a gap in DC by providing early childhood professionals with ongoing professional development and education opportunities, in addition to those offered through the District’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)1 System.
The CDA represents the crossroad where education and experience meet. This crossroad epitomizes competence and is a pathway to learning best practices for early childhood professionals. The CDA credentialing process includes meaningful activities that incorporate reflective practice and culminates in a personalized Professional Portfolio, an observation by a designated CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist, and a passing score on the CDA standardized content knowledge examination reflecting the six Competency Standards of the Council for Professional Recognition.
The Council for Professional Recognition issues the credential when the candidate completes the following: 120 hours of professional education in early childhood development covering children ages birth to five years old, 480 hours of work experience, a Professional Portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of competence, feedback from families, an observation by a designated CDA PD Specialist that demonstrates effective practice, and content knowledge via the CDA exam.
General Grantee Responsibilities Overview:
The grantee(s) will provide comprehensive instruction and support to CDA scholarship candidates beginning with the enrollment application to the Direct Assessment Application phase. The CDA credential is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition and is awarded to early childhood professionals who work in a variety of settings.
The grantee(s) will be responsible for marketing the program to the workforce and conducting outreach activities for recruiting specific language groups and relevant target population(s), identifying eligible candidates for CDA scholarship awards, and ensuring that CDA scholarship candidates meet the eligibility, and complete the preliminary steps for enrollment. The grantee(s) is/are also responsible for recruiting and training prospective CDA instructors. The grantee(s) will work collaboratively with CCR&R to market, recruit, and retain students for initial and renewal CDA cohorts. The grantee(s) will also work with CCR&R to ensure CDA students have access to OSSE-sponsored educational resources and ongoing professional development requirements and/or opportunities.
The grantee(s) will provide the full scale CDA instruction in approximately nine initial CDA cohort groups with a minimum enrollment of 25 participants per cohort, reaching a total of 225 participants. The grantee(s) will offer approximately four renewal CDA cohort groups annually with a minimum enrollment of 25, reaching a total of 100 participants annually. Cohorts should be operated at least once per quarter, if not more frequently. Preference will be given to grantees that offer CDA instruction on- site for cohorts of staff working in child development centers. The grantee(s) must:
a. Develop and implement the CDA – Training Scholarship and Promotion Program to support the early childhood professionals seeking an initial or renewal CDA credential;
b. Recruit and train qualified CDA instructors who meet the educational and professional experience requirements for teaching adult learners and early childhood professionals;
c. Purchase textbooks and all informational materials related to the program from the Council for Professional Recognition. The information materials may include, but are not limited to, handouts, brochures, signs, banners, books, and booklets. The training curriculum must adhere to the Council for Professional Recognition guidelines;
d. Work collaboratively with CCR&R to market, recruit, and retain students for initial and renewal CDA cohorts. The grantee(s) will also work with CCR&R to ensure CDA students have access to OSSE-sponsored educational resources and ongoing professional development requirements and/or opportunities;
e. Support CDA scholarship candidate’s enrollment, preparation, assessment, completion, and renewal;
f. Ensure CDA scholarship candidates include employer endorsements of their participation in the CDA program, or in the case of family child care home providers, award a candidate bonus;
g. Execute instruction and practicum field experience in cohort groups to include expert content area professional development and certifications required for entry-level early childhood professionals in early learning centers;
h. Pay CDA scholarship candidates’ application fees to the Council for Professional Recognition. Pay additional fees related to CDA credential assessment, instruction, coursework materials, career counseling and coaching support, and the supports needed for candidates completing the CDA credential requirements;
i. Assist CDA scholarship candidates in developing their personalized Professional Portfolio and review Portfolio prior to submission;
j. Offer career counseling services, as needed;
k. Assist CDA scholarship candidates in finding a CDA PD Specialist recognized/approved by the Council for Professional Recognition;
l. Execute PD Specialist CDA verification visit assignment for CDA scholarship candidate’s formal observation and track results on the CDA exam and awarding of the CDA credential;
m. Institute a release of information and post-credential survey to be completed by scholarship awardees, in order to collect data about ongoing employment of CDA scholarship candidates over time;
n. Institute a procedural disclosure by CDA scholarship candidates that affords future communication between the grantee(s) and candidates that outlines expectations and demonstrates ongoing commient to DC’s workforce by providing career planning support and higher education scholarship information;
o. Monitor CDA scholarship awardees for completion of CDA credential;
p. Track of CDA scholarship awardees after completion of credential to determine employment information;
q. Propose training modules, curricula, resource materials and schedules, to be finalized with selected CDA instructors; and
r. Comply with all the requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition (see: CDA Credentialing Program FAQs).
The grantee(s) will issue initial CDA and renewal CDA scholarships to prospective candidates who meet the following application requirements:
a. Must reside in DC or work in a licensed child care center, or licensed family child care home program in DC;
b. Must complete the documentation or information collection requirements specified by the grantee(s) and the Council for Professional Recognition; and
c. Must submit a 300-word essay that describes why they have selected a career in early childhood education.
The Council for Professional Recognition requires that all the CDA credentialed professionals apply and pay for the assessment upon completion of all eligibility requirements:
a. Must have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED), or be a high school junior or senior in an early education/child development Career and Technical Program;
b. Any time before the candidate applies, complete 120 clock hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children, with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the eight CDA subject areas;
c. Within three years of submitting an application, obtain 480 hours of professional work experience working with young children;
d. Within six months of submitting an application, prepare a CDA Professional Portfolio according to the requirements outlined in the CDA Competency Standards book; and
e. Find a CDA PD Specialist recognized/approved by the Council for Professional Recognition.
The Council for Professional Recognition requires revalidation of the CDA Credential every three years.
GrantWatch ID#: 181758
OSSE/DEL intends to issue at least two awards from this RFA.
The total funding available for providing comprehensive support to CDA scholarship candidates from the initial enrollment in the program of study to the Direct Assessment Application phase is at least $500,000. OSSE/DEL intends to issue at least two awards from this RFA. Determinations regarding the number of competitive grants to be awarded will be based on the quality and number of applications received and available funding. Successful applicants may be awarded amounts less than requested. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative and creative solutions. OSSE/DEL strongly encourages collaborative applications that meet or exceed the scope of work outlined in the RFA. For applications that include multiple organizations, one organization must be designated to submit and manage the grant.
All grants under this RFA will be five-year awards, beginning on October 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2022, contingent upon availability of funds. Each budget period will be one year, with the first period beginning October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.
OSSE/DEL will accept applications from eligible applicants, to include public agencies, not-for-profit, for-profit, and faith-based organizations.
Applicants must have experience in financial management, quality assurance, and ongoing monitoring of scholarships or other awards to community members, as well as previous experience providing quality instruction to English and bilingual adult learners in early childhood settings.
The pre-application meeting will be held on June 27, 2017 at OSSE (810 First St. NE, Eighth floor, Room 806 AB) from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
To attend the pre-application meeting, please RSVP to Julie Wennekes via email (see contact details below) by June 21, 2017.
Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in the pre-application meeting.
Applications are due no later than July 24, 2017 (3:00 PM). Applications must be submitted through EGMS.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online through EGMS:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Division of Early Learning
810 First Street, NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
USA: Washington, DC