CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)
The CDA National Credentialing Program is a professional development opportunity for early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credentialing program assesses candidates using multiple sources evidence; including an exam, observations, and professional a portfolio with resources and competency statements prepared by the candidate. The early childhood education field is constantly evolving and it is important for educators to stay current with key education practices. The CDA is your "best first step" because it demonstrates your knowledge, skills and abilities when working with young children, as well as your commitment to career advancement and professionalism.
We Provide Three CDA Settings
Please review the CDA Credential settings below to determine which best describes your work with young children:
PRESCHOOL: A center-based preschool setting is a state-approved child development center where a Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least eight children, all of whom are ages 3 through 5 years old.
INFANT-TODDLER: A center-based infant-toddler setting is a state-approved child development center where a Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least three children, all of whom are under the age of 3 years old.
FAMILY CHILD CARE: A family child care setting is a family child care home where a Candidate can be observed working with at least two children 5 years old or younger who are not related to the Candidate by blood or marriage. The setting must meet at least the minimum level of applicable state and/or local regulations. Family child care settings are also eligible in localities where there is no regulation of family child care.
CPR and First Aid: This is adult, infant and child CPR and First Aid = Heart saver Pediatric First Aid with CPR for adult, infant, child and AED. Includes use of Epi Pen training as well as steps to first aid.
Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators:
Classroom Management: Schedules, routines, and the tools to make sure the children in the class are learning while keeping the classroom manageable.
Developmentally Appropriate Activities: learning what games and activities are appropriate for each age group infants, toddlers, preschoolers.