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The CDA Credential: A Pathway to Qualification in Colorado

image in article The CDA Credential: A Pathway to Qualification in ColoradoEarning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the best way to advance your #career in the field of #early-childhood-education. The CDA is a national credentialing program for early #educators working in a variety of settings with children ages birth to 5 years old. The program is designed to assess and credential #early-childhood education professionals using multiple sources of evidence, including training, an exam, observation, and a professional portfolio. By earning a CDA credential an educator demonstrates a commitment to career advancement and professionalism.

Once you have obtained your CDA Credential in Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care, or Home Visitor, you will be highly qualified and valued in the field of #early-childhood-education. The beauty of the CDA is that it is recognized nationally. This means that you will be able to work in any state as a highly qualified early educator.

State Requirements

Many states require educators to complete a CDA to be considered qualified to care for children in an #early-childhood education setting. In these cases, earning the CDA credential is often a mandatory step to meet state requirements. The certification proves that you have met the qualifications required for your role and therefore gives you greater job security and better chances of promotion.

In the state of Colorado, one of the ways individuals can meet the education requirements for most child care positions is with a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.

A Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential fulfills the required educational qualifications of the following positions:

  • Director of a Small Child Care Center (less than 16 children)
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Infant Early Childhood Teacher
  • Infant Program Supervisor
  • Toddler Early Childhood Teacher
  • Large Home Provider 

ChildCareEd support Colorado Child Care Providers

ChildCareEd currently offers the 120 hours of CDA coursework for Infant and Toddler, Preschool, and Family Child Care. Our online training is designed to fulfill the CDA requirement for 120 hours of formal education in specific child-care competency areas. This coursework will allow providers in Colorado to complete the training portion of the CDA Credential, getting them one step closer to obtaining the CDA Credential.

In addition, all of ChildCareEd’s training courses are accepted by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

ChildCareEd Resources and Supports

ChildCareEd is a leader in CDA training and support and we have developed a variety of documents, videos, and personalized correspondence to help providers in every step of the CDA journey. 

ChildCareEd offers:

  • CDA resources to assist in the #development of your portfolio.
  • To support learners with various needs and from all cultures and backgrounds, ChildCareEd offers online training in over 40 different text #languages.
  • ChildCareEd has created the CDA Club - Peers & PD Specialists, a public Facebook group where you can connect with like-minded individuals, access valuable resources, and stay informed about the latest updates.

Let ChildCareEd help you achieve your career goals with our comprehensive training course that educates providers on all things early childhood. Learn how to create #safe and secure environments that offer nurturing and support to young children.


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