Washington’s Christal Jenkins, an infant-toddler teacher at the Child Care and Learning Center, has been awarded a child development associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with infants and toddlers.
The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. The process to acquire a CDA included completing 12 credit hours in early childhood education classes at Lord Fairfax Community College and completing an extensive professional portfolio documenting work over the last five years covering the 10 Standards of Early Childhood benchmarks.
Jenkins was then evaluated through observation by her staff mentor, Lisa Pendleton, and by each of the CCLC families of the children in her program. Her final examination included an oral interview with a validator from the Council and a written exam.
“The families and staff at CCLC are very proud to have Christal awarded this credential that validates her professionalism in working with families to develop infants’ and toddlers’ physical and intellectual capabilities at CCLC,” said Rose Ann Smythe, executive director.
Jenkins will continue to further her education as she pursues her associate degree at Lord Fairfax. while continuing to work at CCLC.