Child Development Associate
The Child Development Associate (CDA) program is designed to offer training
opportunities for early childhood staff who want to enhance the quality of
child care and early education they provide by defining, evaluating,
recognizing, and implementing the competencies established by the Council for
Early Childhood Professional Recognition.
The CDA competency standards and coursework define the skills needed by
providers and the strategies to demonstrate their ability to work effectively
with young children. CDA training addresses various settings: center-based
infant and toddler programs and preschool classrooms, as well as family child
care homes and home visitors.
The final assessment and credentialing of child care providers is administered
by the Council out of Washington D.C. This program assists potential CDA
candidates in completing the preparation steps for assessment, collecting
documentation and required items for the resource file, and applying to the
Council for their credential and verification visit.
Other Program Info:
Certificate of Completion
Monday to Friday, individual child care setting
Wednesday, 6:00- 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment occurs quarterly. See the current RTC Class Schedule for specific