What is a CDA?

Let Care Courses Help You Earn Your National 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.

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 CDA Council 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 my CDA?
  • How do I choose my CDA setting?
  • Why should I get a CDA?
  • Is there a time limit for the CDA?

Once you have earned your CDA, you must renew it every three years. We’ve written about that as well!

How do I renew my CDA?

We are happy to answer any questions you have about the CDA process. 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!

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