Preparatory Programs

Preparatory programs are designed for those who want to improve program skills and confidence in working with children in order to advance professionally and earn a credential. 

Child Development Associate Preparatory Program (CDA)

Classes begin in July. Call 518-426-7181 or email for more information and to receive enrollment information when it becomes available.

The Child Development Associate is a nationally recognized credential. The Council's Preparatory Program is a unique combination of training and mentoring. This dual approach supports the CDA candidate in successfully completing their credential while focusing on quality improvement within their program. Find out more about the Child Development Associate (CDA) by visiting the Council for Professional Recognition website. 

School-age Credential Preparatory Program (SAC)

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


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. Find the schedule of trainings here. CEU's may also be earned by taking college courses. Click here for a list of local colleges offering early childhood courses.

Find out more about CDA Renewal by visiting the website