The Child Development Associate Credential
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a nationally recognized entry level credential in the field of Early Childhood Education. It is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. It is designed for individuals who are working with young children in all types of early care and education programs - Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs and prepares candidates to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 370,000 educators have received their CDA to date! Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.
For more information on the Council for Professional Recognition and Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ check out the Council’s website http://www.cdacouncil.org
For information on how the Preschool Enrichment Team can assist educators in obtaining their CDA see below: