Location: Albany County

Child Development Associate Preparatory (CDA) class beginning in July is closed to any further registration. If you need to enroll, please call CDA instructor Heather Sweet at 518-426-7181 for approval.

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


Please note: class meets on Mondays 6 PM - 9 PM in Albany County. Email Heather Sweet for details.

CDA Tuition is $2250 

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