PDA FAQ

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If you would like to explore your career options a PDA can help. With extensive experience, a PDA is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about early care and education or school-age care opportunities.

PDA services are free.

Yes, a PDA is familiar with college and university programs that offer teacher certifications required to teach in Illinois public schools.

No, a PDA can not help with this.  However, technical assistance such as requirements and procedures to open your home care business is available through your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agency.

Yes, a PDA has extensive experience, knowledge and can serve as a great resource for anyone who is just getting started in the fields of early care and education, school-age, Head Start, and Early Head Start. A PDA can also serve as a mentor and advisor in developing your career path as well as a guide to any questions regarding degrees, credentials, certifications, jobs, etc.

A PDA can assist by guiding you to specific licensing regulations and other information about Illinois child care center staff qualifications.  

A PDA can lead you to resources that will help inform you about these credentials.

A PDA is familiar with early care and education and school-age degree programs. An advisor is available to share their knowledge on how to complete a college degree.

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It also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes for children.