CDA and You!

3hours 0.3CEUs


Discusses general questions about how to obtain your CDA. Much of the information is found on the CDA Council website and in the information packet.  This class provides additional information helpful to pursuing your CDA.

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CDA and You!

Pic1Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Following Through
  4. Closing Questions

This class is an introductory class to our CDA Core training.Much of this material is also found either on the CDA Council website  or in the setting specific competency standards booklet.The class is primarily designed for those seeking a CDA credential in either the Center or the Family Child Care settings.  While much of the information is the same for the Home Visitor setting, some of the documentation requirements which differ are not discussed in this class.


Chapter 1: Introduction

In this first section we’ll talk about the importance of every teacher of young children obtaining a CDA and how they can make this a reality.

We’ll talk about your likelihood of completing the process, and how the vast majority of Candidates who truly want this designation can achieve it.   Unfortunately, many Teachers who are not graduates of formal educational training are too quick to believe they could never qualify for the CDA Certificate.  

This Introduction is designed to lay those doubts aside and assure any Teacher who wishes to take the time and make the effort that he or she can succeed.

We’ll discuss who awards the CDA, how a Candidate identifies her setting, whether it is center-based for infants/toddlers or center-based for preschoolers, a home visitor setting, or family child care.


Exactly what does CDA stand for?

CDA stands for Child Development Associate and the person earning a CDA is better prepared to meet the specific needs of children, and, with parents and other adults, works to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in the child development framework.  The CDA Credential is awarded to child care staff, home visitors and family child care providers who have demonstrated their skill in working with young children and their families by successfully completing the CDA assessment process.

Is it a new designation?

The concept was initiated in 1971, and the first CDA Credentials awarded in 1975.  The total number of caregivers who have obtained their CDA credentials since that time is in excess of 300,000, and virtually every one of the 50 states have incorporated the credentials into their licensing regulations.  It is exceptional training in one of the most exciting and challenging careers possible today.

And it is proof that a Teacher has stepped beyond the everyday activities of working with students, and has reached, through their own efforts, a milestone of proficiency in her chosen field.  In other words, it is a goal for anyone wanting to provide and guarantee the level of child care that Parents and Teachers so desperately want and children deserve.

This is a national effort, and increasingly, licensing agencies, local and state agencies, leaders in the field of child education, and both parents and teachers are recognizing the critical need for well trained teachers.

The designation of Child Development Associate is rapidly being recognized as an outstanding example of someone with outstanding experience and training in child care. 

Learning Outcomes

Be able to:

• Recall the three personal qualifications you must be able to meet in order to apply for a CDA

• Describe the five prerequisites you will need to complete prior to submitting your application

Approved or accepted in:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin