Component 2: Credentials, Degrees and Certifications

Kentucky’s Early Childhood PD Framework provides multiple opportunities to acquire increasing levels of professional credentials. Each credential represents a discrete entry/exit point, and each credential represents a building block to the next level of credentialing and competency.

In addition to the national Child Development Associate (CDA), three specific early childhood credentials are available in Kentucky. The credentials were created to acknowledge that differing competencies and skill areas are required for different aspects of the early childhood profession. Credential programs are offered in several kinds of education settings to recognize that different types of early childhood professionals may wish to access education and training settings appropriate to their needs. Lead agencies/institutions are described in the context of each credential.

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The Early Childhood Credentials specific to Kentucky are:

Scholarships are available for some of the credentials, as funding allows. Please contact the Professional Development Coach in your region for more information.