Sharon James and Cheyenne Krein recently completed the National Council for Professional Recognition’s child development associate credentialing program.
James, from Brookings, and Krein, from Castlewood, are among the more than 800,000 early childhood educators who have advanced their careers by learning how to foster each child’s emotional, physical, intellectual and social development. James is a preschool teacher at Brookings’ First Lutheran preschool and Krein is a preschool teacher at Brookings’ Gracepoint preschool.
The Family Resource Network at South Dakota State University provided education to help James and Krein earn their credentials. To pass, their work included 120 hours of comprehensive early childhood training with the Family Resource Network, a professional portfolio and an assessment. In addition, they needed to have at least 480 hours of work experience with young children.
“Both Sharon and Cheyenne experienced unique challenges completing their education during the pandemic and demonstrated great flexibility with the transition to technology-based classes and schedule changes,” said Amy Trautner, CDA coordinator with the Family Resource Network. “We thank them for their dedication to children and professional development and wish them continued success as they nurture and educate our state’s youngest citizens.”
To learn more about the CDA credential or early childhood training, one can find information on the Family Resource Network website or contact Trautner at 605-688-5730.
About the Family Resource Network
The Family Resource Network was established in 1990 as an outreach office at South Dakota State University to provide information and resources for users and providers of child care and their families. Currently, the Family Resource Network is a state and locally supported early childhood enrichment program that provides training, education and resources to adults who are involved in the day-to-day care of children and youth.