Author: Mary Ellington Kasindorf – (Paperback) Everyone in the field of Early childhood Education should be aware of what constitutes a good early childhood education program. Although each individual will work with children in their own way, there is a common basis of competency that should be expected of all teachers. Competencies is divided into six competency areas and 13 functional areas of competence as identified by the CDA National Credentialing Program for center-based teachers of your children. As you work through the learning activities, developing curriculum materials, bibliographies, observational records, etc…, you will be developing materials which can also be used in assembling your portfolio and documenting your competence for the CDA credential. You can also use Competencies as a guide in self-study and training, recording teacher activities, reading resources, and utilizing activities designed to determine the areas and methods in which you feel you are functioning effectively, or those that you may wish to change or improve.