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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.

Program Options
  • Certificate of Completion

Other Program Info:


Barbara Culler

Program Length:
  • 3 quarters
  • 15 credits
  • 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 course information.