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To earn CDA:
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Have 480 hours of experience working with young children
  • Have 120 clock hours of formal training
  • Complete a portfolio
  • Complete an oral interview
  • Complete a written test

Early Care and Education Training

Sheltering Arms’ Georgia Training Institute (GTI) builds our state’s capacity to create positive outcomes for children and families. GTI provides quality training for early care and education and family support professionals. GTI students increase skills and knowledge, advance in their careers, and strengthen their commitment to the field. GTI’s Early Care and Education Training is unique:

  • Training is research-based.
  • Training encompasses the expertise of Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers, a provider of care and education for young children since 1888.
  • Workshops are hands-on, with an on-site accredited child development center that serves as a laboratory.
  • Training offers a first-hand look at how best practices are being applied in a nationally-acclaimed model for successful early care and education.
  • GTI’s accessible, community-based setting helps child care professionals build the self-esteem and confidence needed to pursue formal education in Georgia technical schools, colleges, and universities.

GTI Early Care and Education Training Includes:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Continuing Education
  • Facility Development and Design
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Monitoring and Planning for Licensing and Accreditation
  • Transportation
  • Administrator Training
  • Food Service Management
  • Early Head Start Model Classroom Seminars
  • On-Site Consultation
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