How CDA Works with ECAAP

The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program (ECAAP) requires that each apprentice obtain the CDA credential after the first year of program participation. The CDA certificate is an interim credential for the ECAAP Apprenticeship Certificate. It is also the first step, and the ECAAP Apprenticeship Certificate is the next professional development step, on the Kansas Early Childhood Career Lattice. Both programs have a similar program process.

As with the CDA, apprenticeship requires hands-on experience and formal education. Each apprentice must have at least 4,000 hours of experience working directly with (children birth to age 5) and 20 hours of college credit in early childhood education. The Apprenticeship education requirements must be obtained through an ECAAP educational partner. Each apprentice who works the minimum of 30 hours per week directly with children and completes the Year 1 required ECAAP courses (as indicated on the Related Technical Instruction Outlines) will meet the hands-on experience and education requirements for the CDA.

Every 1 college credit hour is worth 15 clock hours of training toward the CDA requirements and the first year required ECAAP classes on the Related Instruction Outlines have been chosen to meet these specific CDA educational requirements. ECAAP Educational Partners offer courses face-to-face, online, telenet, or hybrid format (depending on course and college offerings.)

Both the apprentice and the sponsor should become familiar with the CDA program and its requirements when starting the apprenticeship program. The apprentice will work on the other CDA requirements throughout the first year. Apprentices should request a CDA book from the ECAAP office when starting the second semester of college classes.

The sponsor will assist the apprentice in finding the CDA Specialist and complete all the necessary documentation and activities for the apprentice to complete the CDA Direct Assessment Application. Once all documentation for the CDA assessment is complete, the apprentice should begin the online application process on the CDA website. Toward the end of the online application process, CDA canidates will need to download the CDA cover letter and send it to the ECAAP office to initiate 3rd party payment for direct assessment.

The ECAAP program will pay the CDA assessment fee of $425 for each apprentice who remains in good standing with the ECAAP program.