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CDA Gold Standard

Ohio State University Extension is Honored to
Receive the CDA Gold Standard

Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, is the latest awardee of the CDA Gold Standard from the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Gold Standard is based on a rigorous review of the services and training provided to CDA students. This distinguished award reflects the Council’s commitment to helping students receive the highest-quality preparation for the CDA exam and careers in the early childhood care and education field.

CDA Gold Standard seal“Earning this distinction allows us to provide additional educational support to early childhood educator professionals in local communities throughout Ohio and nationwide. It continues Extension’s commitment to workforce development and lifelong learning” said Pat Bebo, assistant director for OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, and assistant dean for Outreach and Engagement, College of Education and Human Ecology. “I am especially grateful to our Extension educators, Marie Economos and Heather Reister, for all their work in attaining that CDA Gold Standard.”

Earning the CDA Gold Standard is recognition that Ohio State University Extension successfully demonstrated that its early childhood education training is based on the Council’s three industry-leading principles of:

  • Alignment with the CDA formal education coursework found in the CDA’s Eight Subject Areas.
  • Sound business policies and practices.
  • Quality student services that meet their educational and professional needs.

“I know the value of high-quality training as a CDA holder and teacher at my core,” said the Council’s CEO, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. “Great training leads to great teachers. Organizations that have earned the Gold Standard award help students go for the gold in the early childhood field.”

Find Ohio State University Extension Early Childhood Education programs near you.

In addition to offering high-quality training, CDA Gold Standard applicants must provide evidence that they serve the CDA student community with excellence, which includes professional development that prepares students for successful completion of their training program.

“The Gold Standard award is proof of your organization’s commitment to both the ECE community and our youngest children,” Moore said. “It shows you’re a pro at preparing students for our profession. This means giving them the practical skills to step in on day one of the job and help young learners reach their potential.”

ABOUT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences
Ohio State University Extension FCS helps people improve their lives and strengthen their communities. We serve thousands of people throughout Ohio every year, delivering high quality education programs developed from evidence-based research that focuses on building healthy people, healthy finances and healthy relationships. It offers Early Childhood Education programs throughout Ohio.

ABOUT The Council for Professional Recognition
For more than 35 years, the Council for Professional Recognition has been the leader in promoting improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings – Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family childcare, and home visitor programs. As a non-profit agency, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing, including the CDA® and the new CDA Gold Standard. The Council publishes the industry’s leading training books and workbooks, including its CDA Competency Standards and Essentials textbook and workbook. Visit:

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