Next start date: August 2017
Duration: 6 months of training, 6 months of mentorship
Language: English and Hindi
Who can apply: Anyone who works with children (e.g., schools, play groups, creches, orphanages); minimum qualification is 10th standard pass.
The CDA program provides training to workers in the community so they may assist with the pre-emption of disabilities, promotion of typical development, help families with early identification of disability, monitor children at risk, and empower communities that do not typically have access to professional health care.
The Child Developmental Aide (CDA) can help parents promote their child’s development to prevent at-risk children from developing full-blown disabilities. This program aims to serve as a model that may be replicated in communities in India to ensure adequate availability of child care resources to less-than-privileged children and their families.
The training encompasses theory and practical fieldwork under supervision, with more emphasis on the later. This six month intense training is followed by another six months of mentorship at the parent organization of the respective candidates. Support is provided to the candidates through telephone calls and on-site visits by Ummeed’s CDA team.