What’s an early childhood professional organization membership?

Renew­ing your nation­al Child Devel­op­ment Asso­ciate (CDA) cre­den­tial? The CDA Coun­cil requires that you sub­mit proof of mem­ber­ship in an ear­ly child­hood pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion. Your mem­ber­ship must be cur­rent at the time you sub­mit your CDA renew­al application.

My CDA has expired, what do I do?

Has your CDA expired? Are you won­der­ing if you should renew or reap­ply? Peo­ple call every day with ques­tions such as, “Can I renew my nation­al CDA if it expired?” or “When does my CDA expire?” or “Is it too late to renew my nation­al CDA?” 

What is a CDA?

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.

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