CDA Family Child Care Credential - online course

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CDA Family Child Care Credential - $199

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12 CEUs


The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE. This training covers the CDA 120 hours of training for professional early childhood education. This training includes 10 hours or more in each of the CDA's eight subject areas:
1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
2. Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
3. Supporting children's social and emotional development
4. Building productive relationships with families
5. Managing an effective program operation
6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
7. Observing and recording children's behavior
8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

How to earn your CDA:
What you need to apply...
• Complete your 120-Hour CDA Family Child Care Credential online with H&H Child Care Training.
• An official document certifying that you are a high school junior or senior currently enrolled in an early childhood education program or, a high school diploma or GED.
• 480 clock hours of experience working with children within three years of beginning your application

What's next: The CDA Application
Once you have completed your prerequisites the required coursework, purchase the $25 CDA Competency Standards Book from the Council for Professional Recognition ( This book will provide you with all of the steps required to prepare for the application process, including:
• Preparation of the Professional Portfolio – a collection of resources.
Reflective Statements of Competence – using, at key points, the resources you collected.
• Professional Philosophy Statement – a summary of your viewpoint; takes into account learning that occurred when preparing the Professional Portfolio.
• Family Questionnaires – to be distributed to the families of children in your care; the questionnaires highlight areas of strength as well as areas of growth.

After all requirements are met...
• Apply online using Your Council ( and pay the online assessment fee of $425, or submit a paper application provided in the Family Child Care edition of the CDA® Competency Standards book with the $500 assessment fee.
• As part of the application process, you will select a CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist from the Council's online directory. This person will observe you working with young children as part of the process.
• Schedule Your CDA Exam
CDA Candidates who have applied to the Council for Professional Recognition and have received a Ready to Schedule Notice may schedule the CDA Exam. There are two ways a Candidate can schedule the CDA Exam. Testing times and locations are available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

To schedule the exam online, Candidates must first create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your account, you will need the Candidate ID number from your Ready to Schedule Notice that you received from the Council.

To schedule your CDA Exam by phone, call 1-866-507-5627. You may schedule the CDA Exam anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), Monday through Friday. Do not call the Council for Professional Recognition to schedule your CDA Exam.

B. Objectives / Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the steps teachers should take to identifying challenging behaviors.
  2. Describe the various ways teachers can address challenging behaviors in the classroom.
  3. Give examples of strategies to prevent traumatic brain injuries in infants and young children.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure in infants and young children.
  5. Describe common myths and facts about safe sleep for infants and young toddlers.
  6. Explain appropriate crib guidelines for caregivers to ensure safe sleep for infants and young toddlers.
  7. Give examples of strategies caregivers can use to ensure safe sleeping habits and the prevention of SIDS/SUIDS in infants.
  8. List the most common reasons why infants and toddlers bite.
  9. Identify the different types of portfolios used in child care programs, and the appropriate portfolio components for each type.
  10. Identify the most common sources of stress for young children.
  11. Give examples of strategies that reduce stress in infants and young children.
  12. Describe the stages of emotional development in young children.
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive development as it relates to science in infants and toddlers.
  14. Identify strategies to increase scientific inquiry in the infant and toddler classroom
  15. Define project based learning and the implications of practice.
  16. Identify characteristics of project based learning in the classroom environment and curriculum
  17. Identify common mental health disorders in children and the importance of early intervention.
  18. Demonstrate an understanding of how to keep children safe while in vehicles and school buses.
  19. Identify different learning styles and how to differentiate instruction to meet a child's needs.
  20. Demonstrate an understanding of creating a successful block center by identifying the various types of blocks, describing an effective block center setup, and recognizing the various stages of block play.
  21. Describe the meaning of positive discipline in the classroom.
  22. Define print knowledge as it relates to a preschool classroom.
  23. Identify the causes and locations of child injuries at childcare settings.
  24. Define healthy practices to mitigate the spread of germs and decrease the likelihood of SIDS in infants and toddlers.
  25. Define resilience and identify ways it helps young children overcome toxic stressors.
  26. Demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development from birth to age 2..
  27. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of predictable and consistent care.
  28. Describe infant/toddler nutritional needs.
  29. Identify the need to maintain individual feeding schedules for infants.
  30. Identify the stages and milestones of development from birth to age 2.
  31. Recognize the importance of knowing the stages of development.
  32. Demonstrate an understanding of brain development in children birth through age three.
  33. Demonstrate appropriate caregiver responses to different infant/toddler temperaments.
  34. List and review tracking systems to monitor the daily feeding schedule of infants and toddlers
  35. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate interaction with infants and toddlers.
  36. Identify procedures that will promote a safe environment (indoor and outdoor).
  37. List recommended feeding schedules and identify strategies for introducing new food for children birth through age three.
  38. Demonstrate an understanding of how genetics and environment influence child growth and development.
  39. Identify resources addressing health, safety and nutrition topics (CPR, 911, CDC, WIC, Poison Control)
  40. Identify strategies for the child care provider that will promote successful child development.
  41. Identify strategies to assist children with food allergies/feeding concerns.
  42. Identify appropriate practice for the identification, prevention, and treatment of communicable diseases in childcare.
  43. Identify the components of: 1. Greeting and Departure 2. Feeding 3. Diapering and Toileting 4. Dressing 5. Sleeping
  44. Identify recommended medical and immunization schedules for children birth through age three
  45. Identify infant and toddler materials and equipment.
  46. Demonstrate an understanding of how appropriate material and equipment promotes play.
  47. Demonstrate an understanding of how available materials and equipment guide activity development
  48. Identify adaptations to materials and equipment for children with diagnosed special needs or delay
  49. Demonstrate an understanding of the ADA.
  50. Describe the impact of culture on infant and toddler development
  51. Identify strategies for integrating culture and diversity into an infant and toddler program
  52. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Family Support Plan.
  53. Identify resources for referral and specialized services.
  54. Demonstrate an understanding of how environment and equipment modifications support individual needs.
  55. Identify theory and theorist in relation to child development.
  56. Identify the differences in major theories.
  57. Demonstrate how theory is reflective in the child care environment.
  58. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of parent/caregiver relationship
  59. Identify ways to help parents and infants/toddlers handle separation and attachment.
  60. Identify appropriate activities for children birth through age three
  61. Demonstrate an understanding of teacher vs. child directed activities.
  62. Demonstrate an understanding of individual planning.
  63. Define Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  64. Identify curriculums specific to children birth through age three
  65. Demonstrate understanding of developing strategies for involving parents in the child care setting.
  66. Identify strategies for effective communication with families.
  67. Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers with developmental, emotional, cognitive, language and/or physical needs.
  68. Recognize informal and formal assessments to plan activities, individualize programs, and improve program quality.
  69. Identify different types of play.
  70. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with all children and youth.
  71. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with community members and organizations.
  72. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with families.
  73. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with staff and administrators.
  74. Recognize the benefits of an outdoor classroom.
  75. Give examples of ways to collaborate with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
  76. Recognize the importance of a positive and respectful attitude in working with all children and their families.
  77. Define social emotional development in young children
  78. Identify causes of obesity in children.
  79. Describe strategies to incorporate mathematics into teaching practices.
  80. Give examples of tools that record and communicate critical information to other staff and families.
  81. Identify effective strategies for interviewing potential new staff.
  82. Give examples of developmentally appropriate musical activities for children.
  83. Define active play in the early childhood classroom and describe its benefits for young children.
  84. Identify the importance of professional development for child care professionals and strategies to make meaningful choices.
  85. List benefits to a multicultural and inclusionary environment.
  86. Identify current events impacting Early Childhood Education.
  87. Describe ways to analyze classrooms for an anti-bias approach.
  88. Recognize the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with community members and families
  89. Demonstrate an understanding of potential violations of confidentiality and take steps to reduce the risk of occurrence.
  90. Define the meaning of professionalism in child care.
  91. Define differentiated instruction in early childhood education and describe how it may look in the classroom.
  92. Identify and contemplate bias and explore anti-bias approaches that support working with children and families.
  93. Recognize the legal foundations, including the IDEA Act and Section 504.
  94. Identify different types of barriers for mixed ages with disabilities and ways to adapt curriculum to fit their needs.
  95. Recognize the needs of individualized learning for infants and toddlers.
  96. Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic illness can affect development.
  97. Define the term multiculturalism and how it relates to the child's environment.
  98. Identify methods of assessments for mixed ages.
  99. Identify the components of a lesson plan for the family child care setting
  100. Demonstrate understanding of using assessment and observation for short and long term goal development for special needs
  101. Identify the key elements of an effective staff mentor program.
  102. Define Adverse Childhood Experiences and identify its effects on child development
  103. Identify strategies to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences
  104. Identify the role of family in society
  105. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of complex characteristics of children’s families and communities
  106. Identify strategies in promoting sound health and safety principles for in child care.
  107. List the steps to complete a report on abuse and neglect.
  108. List which professions are mandated reporters.
  109. Identify factors that influence learning.
  110. Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to learning
  111. Identify different learning styles of young children
  112. Demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development from age 2 to 5.
  113. Demonstrate an understanding of brain development in young children.
  114. Identify the nutritional needs of children aged four and above.
  115. Demonstrate understanding of brain development in young children.
  116. Recognize theory and theorist in relation to child development and approaches to learning.
  117. Identify theorists of guidance and discipline
  118. Demonstrate an understanding of how positive guidance promotes sound social and emotional development.
  119. Demonstrate an understanding of how the community in which a child lives influences development
  120. Demonstrate how theory is reflective in the child care environment for infants and toddlers.
  121. Identify the different learning concepts related to block play.
  122. Identify the signs of traumatic brain injury in infants and young children.
  123. Identify the symptoms and signs of poor time management in the child care environment.
  124. Describe the proper procedures of medication administration including: authorizations forms, documentation, storage, training, emergent issues, and resources.
  125. Identify the recommended feeding patterns of school-age children.
  126. Recognize strategies for effective conferences with families.
  127. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Statement of Commitment & Preamble
  128. Identify necessary information and format for a business plan
  129. Demonstrate an understanding of the necessary content of employee and parent contracts
  130. Demonstrate an understanding of how ongoing preventive health and wellness care affects child development
  131. Demonstrate an understanding of how to be open to new perspectives and diverse others.
  132. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives, and navigate the ambiguity and complexity that comes with that.
  133. Identify ways to reflect on one's own personal perspectives with courage and/or humility
  134. Identify strategies to listen while withholding judgement about the new or unfamiliar
  135. Identify strategies to make connections and interact substantively with those who are different from oneself
  136. Demonstrate communication skills that enable intercultural communication, including effective listening skills
  137. Identify ways to interact respectfully and appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts
  138. Identify strategies to promote cultural diversity and acceptance in the child care environment.
  139. Define culture and cultural competency
  140. List examples ways to incorporate inclusion and equity in the classroom
  141. Demonstrate an understanding of how to create a natural outdoor environment that includes different colors, sounds, textures, and scents
  142. Identify resources to help children discover, learn, and experience in a natural play environment.
  143. Describe the benefits of an outdoor classroom.
  144. Identify the components of the MY Plate.
  145. Demonstrate understanding of children's general knowledge that supports emerging math skills
  146. Identify strategies for working with children with special needs.
  147. Demonstrate an understanding of inclusionary practices.
  148. Identify the requirements of an appropriate environment that will promote free exploration and manipulation.
  149. Identify stages and milestones of development for ages 1 to 5
  150. Define developmental domains.
  151. Demonstrate understanding of considerations before completing an emergency preparedness plan.
  152. Define what is an emergency and the legal requirements for emergency preparedness for child care professionals.
  153. Demonstrate the benefits of mixed-age grouping in early childhood education.
  154. Identify tips and strategies for successful mixed-age group instruction.
  155. Identify the components of positive relationships with children, co-workers and families.
  156. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Education Plan.
  157. Describe the components of emergency preparedness in the child care setting.
  158. Demonstrate understanding of the components of an emergency preparedness plan.
  159. Identify stages and milestones of physical and cognitive development ages 6-13.
  160. Describe the importance of monitoring the family child care environment for potential risks.
  161. Demonstrate understanding of the steps and procedures for reporting accidents
  162. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of culture and diversity in relation to school readiness.
  163. Identify a variety of marketing platforms to promote childcare programs.
  164. Demonstrate Understanding of Meal Planning for young children.
  165. Demonstrates understanding of the importance of room arrangement/environment.
  166. Demonstrates understanding of community organizations that support early childhood programs.
  167. Demonstrate understanding of optimal room arrangements for family child care settings and their components.
  168. Define basic skills children should have when they begin kindergarten
  169. Understand the relation between how material and equipment selection assist with lesson plan development and implementation.
  170. Demonstrate an understanding of how promoting an integrated curriculum promotes development.
  171. Demonstrate an understanding of emergent curriculum.
  172. Define the Cycle of Inquiry and how it can be used to plan emergent curriculum.
  173. Identify significant events surrounding the evolution of early childhood education throughout the world.
  174. Identify significant events surrounding the evolution of early childhood education in America.
  175. Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop appropriate daily schedules that promote routines. (1 hr)
  176. Demonstrate understanding of the content and implications of environment regulations and supervision requirements
  177. Identify the signs of child abuse and neglect.
  178. Demonstrate an understanding of observational techniques that result in accurate and objective observation
  179. Identify parenting styles and the influence those styles have on child development
  180. Demonstrate understanding of effective listening skills in childcare.
  181. Identify communication issues that are common in the early care and education environment
  182. Recognize current tuition trends
  183. Demonstrate understanding of the research done on mixed-age group instruction.
  184. Demonstrate appropriate/effective responses as they relate to a variety of typical child care scenarios.
  185. Identify budget line items and basic budget development strategies
  186. Distinguish how to adapt arts and crafts for younger children and children with different abilities.
  187. Describe Piaget’s sensorimotor and preoperational stages of cognitive development.
  188. Explain the challenges behind mixed-age group instruction and strategies to overcome them.
  189. Give examples of activities considered appropriate for mixed-age groups.
C. Learning Methodology: Online material will be presented in the form of slides, accompanied with speech. Videos will be used to demonstrate ideas and concepts. Charts and tables will be used for illustration.

D. Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required for the completion of this course.

E. Proprietary or conflict of interest disclosure: Unless otherwise stated in the course description none of H & H subject matter experts and editor has any conflict or proprietary interests related to the material they prepared in this course.

F. Logistics/Required Technology: A stable internet connection is required for the completion of this course. Users are highly encouraged to take their online course on Google Chrome on either a laptop or desktop computer. Speakers and/or headphones are also required to hear speech.

G. Learning Assessment Method: Learners will be assessed through questions after every section is completed. Learners will not be allowed to proceed to the next section of the training until all questions have been answered correctly. Learners will be presented with a final test composed of true/false and multiple choice questions. Upon successful completion of the training, learners will receive their certificate by email.

H. Criteria to earn CEUs:
Certificates are awarded when the following criteria have been met by the learner:
  1. Class has been paid in full
  2. All material has been reviewed
  3. All review questions and final test have been completed with a passing score of 80% or higher.
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J. Payment Policy:
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K. Please read carefully:

You are purchasing a session of an online training that includes online assessments. Your certificate will be emailed to you once you pass the final exam with a passing grade of 80%.

Your certificate will bear the name you provided to us when you signed up. For support and questions regarding the material presented in this class please contact us at Please consult our frequently asked questions page for other questions or feel free to contact us.

Information about this training

Hours breakdown

45 CD/45 CUR/8 HSN/7 SN/8 PRO/7 COM

Topics / Categories

Health, safety and nutrition
Special needs
Child development
Business Perks
CDA Plus
Family Child Care
Not Applicable


Sukhpal Sandhu
Date: 10/12/21
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