Head Start assistants who are required to obtain their CDA, Child Development Associate credential, learned this week that they will be compensated for the time they spend at the classes. Initially the Head Start assistants were told that the training was required but that while the district was paying for the registration, the assistants would not be paid to attend. Head Start assistants’ regular work week is 37.5 hours. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, they will be paid straight time for the first 2.5 hours of each class and time and a half for the other 3.5 hours. The pay will show on the employees’ paychecks as supplemental pay. Thanks go to the Head Start assistants who brought this issue forward.