The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is the most widely recognized credential in the early childhood education field. Earning your CDA confirms to employers, parents, and others that you understand and meet the highest standards in early childhood care and education.
The national CDA Credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. and is recognized throughout the United States and its territories.
The Council fo Professional Recognition awards the credential to applicants meeting a set of competency standards that include topics such as “establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment” and “supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance.”
Care Courses CDA training aligns with these competency standards. We are one of the first recipients of the CDA’s Gold Standard Training Certification award, which means that our training meets the Council’s rigorous criteria for professional development, student services, and sound business practices.
We have written extensively about the CDA process. Review the following blogs if you’re just getting started:
- How do I get a National Child Development Associate Credential?
- How do I choose my setting?
- Why should I get a CDA? Top 5 Reasons
- How do I Complete my Training for the Child Development Associate Credential?
- Is there a time limit for the Child Development Associate Credential?
- Who is my Professional Development Specialist?
- What’s an early childhood professional organization membership?
- 5 Steps to Completing the Professional Portfolio
We also recommend that you complete our free CDA tutorial. This free online course tutorial will help you understand the training and application process in detail and make sure you are ready to complete your formal childcare CDA training with Care Courses.
Once you have earned your Child Development Associate Credential, you must renew it every three years. We’ve written about that as well! Looking to renew? Learn the steps to renewing your credential on our website. You can complete your renewal training with us as well. Check out our discounted CDA renewal training sets. Thank you for reading!
We are happy to answer any questions you have about the Child Development Associate Credential. Call us at 1–800-685‑7610, Monday through Friday, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends at info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!