The Child Development Associate Credential is designed to train individuals who wish to be certified by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA is a performance-based assessment of childcare workers, home visitors, center and family childcare providers.

The courses provide students with 120 hours of training for the CDA credentialing program. CDA credits can be transferred to the Early Childhood Certificate and Associate Degree programs. Successful completion of this 12-credit program will enable the candidate to apply for a CDA credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

CDA trainees are expected to demonstrate the ability to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. The CDA credential is proof of the childcare provider’s competence in all areas of child growth and development.

Students completing the program will be able to find employment in daycare centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs,or similar settings.

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential by Requirements

Semester I: Courses Credits
ECE*101 Intro. to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE*176 Health, Safety, & Nutrition (CDA-1) 3

Semester II or Summer: Courses or Summer & Credits

ECE*180 Child Development Credential Preparation Course (CDA-I) 3
and one of the following: 3
ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Growth and Development
ECE*103 Creative Arts for Young Children
Total credits:
12

Each of the CDA classes runs for 6 weeks if offered for cohort of students through Connecticut-Charts-A-Course agency or other child care Program contract courses.