Professionals exhibiting standards of excellence in child care and early childhood education are recognized by The NECPA Commission, Inc. through the awarding of a national credential, the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP).
Who should earn the CCP®?
The CCP® is designed specifically for early childhood educators and teachers. It is especially valuable for teachers who have not completed a college degree or whose degree is in another field.
Why become a CCP®?
Certified Childcare Professional (CCP)® Candidates are viewed as distinguished professionals who have earned national and state recognition for their achievements in child care and early childhood education.
- The CCP® Program provides candidates with expertise in the 9 Professional Ability Areas reflecting the highest national standards.
- The CCP® Program qualifies recipients to pursue position advancement in child care and early childhood education.
- The CCP® Program certified recipients nationally, thereby affording nationwide recognition of their qualifications to engage in professional child care and early childhood practice.
- The CCP® Program certifies the professional expertise of recipients to parents, supervisors, and the community.
- CCP®s are recognized nationally as having a positive impact on the lives of children, families, and the community.
How is the CCP® Candidate Evaluated?
The Certified Childcare Professional (CCP)® Multi-Indicator Evaluation (MIE) process is designed to determine the extent to which candidates have met or exceeded the CCP® standards of professional expertise. MIE Criteria include:
- High school diploma or the equivalent
- 18 years of age or older
- 720 hours of child care experience serving children between birth and 6 years of age within the last 5 years in a licensed center-based early childhood program
- 180 clock hours of education/training reflecting the 9 Professional Ability Areas.
- National Early Childhood Education specialist credentialing exam
- Professional development portfolio
- Performance based observation assessment
- Two parent evaluations
- Two letters of endorsement (Director and Colleague)
- Two writing samples documenting the use of writing skills in professional activities
- Plans for continued professional development
- Review by the NECPA Professional Standards Council (PSC)
The 9 Professional Ability Areas of the CCP®:
Upon completion of the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP)®, a candidate will accomplish the following 9 Professional Ability Areas:
- The ability to establish and maintain a safe, nurturing, and purposeful learning environment.
- The ability to promote children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
- The ability to create a purposeful learning environment through curriculum and content.
- The ability to create an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment.
- The ability to engage in effective management of learning environments.
- The ability to maintain a commitment to professional development and leadership.
- The ability to use assessment planning of learning opportunities and documentation of outcomes.
- The ability to demonstrate knowledge of child development theory, research, and practice.
- The ability to demonstrate computer literacy and promote learning through technology.
Certified Childcare Professional (CCP)® State Approvals:
As a nationally recognized credential, the CCP® is privileged to be identified in the following states as an Approved Director or Teacher Credential. For additional information on scholarships or approval documentation, please contact our team at [email protected].
✓ New Jersey
✓ New Mexico