What is a CDA?
Many people have heard of the CDA Credential but often wonder, what is a CDA? ChildCareEd is here to answer your questions and support you on your path to the CDA. So let's take a look and answer the question, #what_is_a_CDA. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ is widely recognized and serves as an important step in advancing a career in early childhood education (ECE). It is based on a set of competency standards that guide professionals in becoming qualified educators for young children.
The Council for Professional Recognition is a global leader in credentialing early childhood educators, ensuring that CDA® credential holders are capable of fostering the growth of young children in various aspects. Obtaining a CDA® not only helps educators in bringing out the best in children but also contributes to career development and the reputation of the profession. Becoming a CDA requires dedication, but it equips practitioners with the necessary skills to teach young children effectively. By obtaining a CDA, one can advance their career, meet job requirements, demonstrate commitment to early childhood education, provide reassurance to parents, understand developmentally appropriate practices, and increase confidence.
In addition to completing 120-hours of training, individuals must also have at least 480 hours of experience working with children birth to age 5. They must also pass a written exam and a performance-based assessment.
The CDA credential is valid for three years. To maintain their credential, individuals must complete continuing education credits every three years.
If you are interested in a career in early childhood education, earning a CDA is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the field and your knowledge and skills.
Now you know #what_is_a_CDA so now it is time to register for training!
ChildCareEd offers various CDA options, including Preschool, Infant/Toddler, and Family Child Care credentials. Through our partnership with the Maryland Family Network, CDA Council, and MSDE, we are excited to announce that providers in Maryland are able to obtain their CDA Credential absolutely FREE!!!!! Apply for funding here and then choose your CDA training with ChildCareEd.