How can I connect with a Professional Development Advisor (PDA)?
Contact us via our online form. Advisement may include phone calls, or e-mail support.
I’m already in the field of early care and education or school-age care. How can a PDA help me?
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.
What is the cost of PDA services?
I want to teach in a public school. Can a PDA help me?
Yes, a PDA is familiar with college and university programs that offer teacher certifications required to teach in Illinois public schools.
Can a PDA help me open a child care business in my home?
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.
I am just entering the field, how can a PDA help me?
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.
I would like to start working at a child care center, how can a PDA help me?
A PDA can assist by guiding you to specific licensing regulations and other information about Illinois child care center staff qualifications.
I want to get my CDA/Gateways credentials, how can a PDA help me?
A PDA can lead you to resources that will help inform you about these credentials.
I would like to get my associate/bachelor/master’s degree. How can a PDA help me?
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.