Maryland teachers earn child development associate

Maryland CDA teachers

Teachers Jen Gott and Carrie Rush in Abingdon, Md. earned their CDA through Rasmussen college thanks to the KinderCare Education education benefit.

The staff at Kensington KinderCare in Abingdon, Md. are lifelong learners. That’s why so many of them take advantage of the Rasmussen child development associate program through the KinderCare Education education benefit.

Jen Gott and Carrie Rush, teachers at the Kensington center, completed their CDA last summer. For both, it was all about continuing their education while balancing their schedules as mothers.

“I started here in the toddler classroom, but I really wanted to be with the infants,” said Gott, who now leads the infant classroom in Abingdon. “It’s great career development.”

Both Gott and Rush completed their CDA classes online.

“I’m a single mom so even with online classes, I was stressed about my time,” said Rush “But it was fairly easy to balance out—I got stressed for no reason!”

Center Director Karen Bowers recommended Gott and Rush take the course.

“The CDA program is a great thing to do if you want to continue your education, especially if you have a busy schedule,” said Gott.

Through the KinderCare Education education benefit, Gott and Rush were able to sign up to earn their CDA and receive a tuition reimbursement. The CDA program offered through Rasmussen College is made up of three college-level courses: foundations of child development, early childhood education curriculum and instruction, and health, safety, and nutrition.

With the CDA under her belt, Gott is ready to pursue her Associate’s degree in early childhood education.

“It’s just a good step,” said Rush. “I would absolutely recommend it.

Teachers interested in earning their CDA or in pursuing additional education through the education benefit should talk with their center directors.

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