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.

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