child development associate credential

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.

Becoming Connecticut State Community College 

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with ​the student’s Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current  Middlesex Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: