Cornerstones, a CDA, BESE-Approved
Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program
100% Virtual CDA Offered State-Wide
What is CDA?
CDA stands for Child Development Associate Credential, which is the most highly recognized credential in the field of early childhood education. Obtaining your CDA is the best first step individuals can take to work effectively with young children and families. Earning the CDA credential has many benefits, including exposure to the larger community of over 800,000 early childhood educators.
After completion of the Cornerstones program, teachers will receive their Child Development Associate (CDA) and be qualified to receive their Ancillary Teaching Certificate from the Louisiana Department of Education.
What is The Ancillary Teaching Certificate?
The Ancillary Teaching Certificate is a professional credential for early childhood teachers in early learning centers who have obtained (at minimum) their CDA credential.
Cornerstones, a CDA, BESE-Approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program is a state funded program that provides 120 hours of training in early childhood education, 30 hours of applied practice, and intensive support coaching for teachers completing their CDA portfolio.
As of July 1, 2019, all lead teachers in Type III center must have an Ancillary Teaching Certificate.
We can help!
Cornerstones is a BESE-approved accelerated CDA program that utilizes online course content, weekly webinars, and coaching allowing early childhood professionals, no matter their location, to complete the course content required to obtain their CDA certification within 8 months. Teachers can complete the online courses at their own pace, enabling them to continue working full time.
Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate
- Enables teachers to continue or begin working as a lead teacher
- Allows teachers who are eligible to earn School Readiness Tax Credit to reach the highest levels of teacher tax credit (level 3 & level 4)
- Meets job requirements
- Gains an understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practice
- Advance your physical and intellectual competence
- Increases overall confidence
- Ensures a commitment to quality and professionalism
- Establishes positive and productive relationships with families
- Ensures a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to all children
Who Can Apply?
- Work a minimum of 16 hours a week in an Early Learning Center
- High-school degree or equivalent
- Employed at Early Learning Center as a lead teacher, assistant teacher or director
- Enroll(ed) in Louisiana Pathways
What Do I Need To Apply?
- Complete admissions application
- High school diploma/equivalent
- One letter of recommendation/support from Center Director
- Complete Pathways Verification Employment Form
- Complete Pathways Enrollment Form
What is the Cost?
CDA Cornerstones’ tuition is free for lead teachers working in Type III childcare centers through the Louisiana Pathways’ Ancillary Certificate Program Scholarship.
For candidates who are paying out of pocket, we offer all at once or payments in 3 installments. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cash, and Check. Contact us for pricing information.
What is the CDA Credential Assessment Fee Scholarship?
Louisiana Pathways Scholarship Program promotes the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential as a meaningful and valid level of training, education and experience that demonstrates competency as an early care and education practitioner.
November 8, 2021 – June 3, 2022 – 7.0 Dates
October 11, 2021 – November 1, 2022 – Application Dates
November 8, 2021 – January 30, 2022 – Module 1
February 1 – April 1, 2022- Module 2
April 4 – June 3, 2022 – Module 3
Providing early childhood teachers, especially those working in childcare centers, with continuing education focused on the practical application of knowledge and skills will result in improved teacher effectiveness, increased high-quality early learning experiences for children, and reduced teacher turnover. Our Cornerstones program can improve the quality of childcare centers, provide families with more options for quality care and education, and improve the outcomes for young children.
“I loved everything about the Cornerstones program. My favorite part was learning about the different parts of development. It not only helped me grow as a teacher, it also provided me with beneficial parenting strategies that I use with my 10-month old on a daily basis.”
J.B., Cohort 4, Slidell/St. Tammany Parish
“My relationship with my coach/mentor was my favorite part of the Cornerstones program. She helped me grow as a teacher. She provided me with extra support and help with coursework and assignments.”
C.M., Cohort 3, Chalmette/St. Bernard Parish
“This Program helped me notice my weaknesses. It pushed me to improve in areas that I did not realize I was lacking in.”
A.M., Cohort 4, Madisonville/St. Tammany Parish
“Working with my coach was the most rewarding experience within the Cornerstones program. Her helpful feedback helped me grow as a teacher. I faced many challenges throughout the program, and she always encouraged me and provided additional support.”
S.H., Cohort 3, Metairie/Jefferson Parish
“My favorite part of the program is the weekly webinars. I enjoy the live interaction with other teachers and the instructors.”