Levels and Standards
The level and standard correlations for each KET child care training program or series are designed to help you find the training that best meets your needs. Following are explanations of the codes you’ll see assigned to each offering:
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Levels of Training
Each KET child care training program or series is assigned to one of five levels of training. Level 1 is a basic introduction to a subject, and Level 5 represents the most advanced information.
Selecting a level is an individual decision based on your existing knowledge of a topic. If you already know a lot about a subject, a Level 1 or 2 training program might not help you learn anything new. On the other hand, if you have very little knowledge of the subject, you may find it hard to understand the content of a high-level course.
Kentucky Core Content
These abbreviations represent subject areas defined in the state P-12 curriculum standards from the Kentucky Department of Education.
CGD: Child Growth and Development
HSN: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
PD: Professional Development
LEC: Learning Environments and Curriculum
CA: Child Assessment
FCP: Family and Community Partnerships
PME: Program Management and Evaluation
If the CEU box is marked “Yes,” then providers may use that program or series to earn CEU credits toward CDA renewal.
The CEU credits are offered through Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and BCTC will issue the certificates. An additional fee of $5.00 per person is required along with the regular registration fee.
CEU credits are issued to individuals by name. In order to issue a CEU credit certificate, BCTC must have the person’s name, home/personal address, and phone number. The registration form has a section for writing in this information for the individual participants requesting these credits.
CDA Goals/Subject Areas
The CDA (Child Development Associate) is a certification issued by the Council for Professional Recognition indicating that a child care provider has met professional standards in a specified set of subject areas. The CDA standards identify 13 subject areas, grouped under six main goals:
|Goal I: To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.||1. Safe|
|3. Learning Environment|
|Goal II: To advance physical and intellectual competence.||4. Physical|
|Goal III: To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance.||8. Self|
|Goal IV: To establish positive and productive relationships with families.||11. Families|
|Goal V: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs.||12. Program Management|
|Goal VI: To maintain a commitment to professionalism.||13. Professionalism|
Visit the Council for Professional Recognition web site to learn more about how to pursue CDA certification.