Child Development Associate (CDA) Prep

CDA is a nationally-recognized credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC for professionals working in the early childhood field. It is the most recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) as a stepping stone on the path of career advancement. This 40-week course will help you prepare for obtaining your CDA certification, signifying readiness for leadership, dedication and professionalism. This preparatory program provides the 120 classroom hours necessary to apply for the credential and individual advisement from a qualified mentor.

This course is designed to ensure that CDA candidates gain a comprehensive understanding of child development, become familiar with assessment instruments used in early care and education, prepare developmentally appropriate environments, and strengthen professional skills. Candidates will examine competence in the areas of: health, safety, environment, physical development, cognitive development, and social/emotional development, and guidance, relationships with families, program management and professionalism. CENTER, FAMILY/GROUP

Continuing Education Units (CEU) for CDA Renewal

Most Child Care Council workshops award continuing Education Units (CEU) that qualify towards the renewal of the Child Development Associate. CEU's hours are listed in the training descriptions for every workshop we offer. CEU's may also be earned by taking college courses. 

Find out more about CDA Renewal by visiting the Council for Professional Recognition


School-age Credential Preparatory Program (SAC)

Find out more about the School-Age Care Credential (SAC) by visiting the Network for Youth Success website