CDA Infant/Toddler Credential - online course

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CDA Infant/Toddler 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 Infant/Toddler 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 YourCouncil ( and pay the online application fee of $425, or submit a paper application provided in the Infant/Toddler edition of the CDA® Competency Standards book with the $500 application 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 teachers can use to communicate with parents regarding challenging behaviors.
  4. Identify the types of sun rays and their benefits to young children and the earth.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure in infants and young children.
  6. Describe common myths and facts about safe sleep for infants and young toddlers.
  7. Explain appropriate crib guidelines for caregivers to ensure safe sleep for infants and young toddlers.
  8. Identify the most common sources of stress for young children.
  9. Give examples of strategies that reduce stress in infants and young children.
  10. Describe the stages of grief and the different ways children react to grief and stress.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive development as it relates to science in infants and toddlers.
  12. Identify strategies to increase scientific inquiry in the infant and toddler classroom
  13. Identify Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
  14. Identify vehicle safety hazards that pose a major threat to children.
  15. Demonstrate an understanding of how to keep children safe while in vehicles and school buses.
  16. 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.
  17. Explain the possible causes and results of traumatic brain injury in infants and young children.
  18. Describe the meaning of positive discipline in the classroom.
  19. Describe a classroom management plan that promotes positive reinforcement, clear expectations, and consistent implementation.
  20. Describe the difference between unintentional injuries and nonfatal injuries children can experience.
  21. Identify the causes and locations of child injuries at childcare settings.
  22. Define resilience and identify ways it helps young children overcome toxic stressors.
  23. Demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development from birth to age 2..
  24. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of predictable and consistent care.
  25. Describe infant/toddler nutritional needs.
  26. Identify the stages and milestones of development from birth to age 2.
  27. Recognize the importance of knowing the stages of development.
  28. Demonstrate an understanding of brain development in children birth through age three.
  29. Demonstrate appropriate caregiver responses to different infant/toddler temperaments.
  30. Identify strategies to ensure appropriate infant and toddler supervision.
  31. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate interaction with infants and toddlers.
  32. Identify procedures that will promote a safe environment (indoor and outdoor).
  33. List recommended feeding schedules and identify strategies for introducing new food for children birth through age three.
  34. Demonstrate an understanding of how genetics and environment influence child growth and development.
  35. Identify resources addressing health, safety and nutrition topics (CPR, 911, CDC, WIC, Poison Control)
  36. Identify strategies for the child care provider that will promote successful child development.
  37. Identify strategies to assist children with food allergies/feeding concerns.
  38. Identify appropriate practice for the identification, prevention, and treatment of communicable diseases in childcare.
  39. Identify strategies for providing appropriate care for infants and toddlers with chronic health issues
  40. Demonstrate how to develop policies and procedures that promote good hygiene
  41. Identify the components of: 1. Greeting and Departure 2. Feeding 3. Diapering and Toileting 4. Dressing 5. Sleeping
  42. Identify recommended medical and immunization schedules for children birth through age three
  43. Identify infant and toddler materials and equipment.
  44. Demonstrate an understanding of how appropriate material and equipment promotes play.
  45. Demonstrate assessment techniques to track skill development and individual need.
  46. Demonstrate an understanding of how available materials and equipment guide activity development
  47. Identify adaptations to materials and equipment for children with diagnosed special needs or delay
  48. Demonstrate an understanding of the ADA.
  49. Describe the impact of culture on infant and toddler development
  50. Identify strategies for integrating culture and diversity into an infant and toddler program
  51. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Family Support Plan.
  52. Identify resources for referral and specialized services.
  53. Identify theory and theorist in relation to child development.
  54. Identify the differences in major theories.
  55. Demonstrate how theory is reflective in the child care environment.
  56. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of parent/caregiver relationship
  57. Identify ways to help parents and infants/toddlers handle separation and attachment.
  58. Demonstrate an understanding of teacher vs. child directed activities.
  59. Demonstrate an understanding of individual planning.
  60. Identify curriculums specific to children birth through age three
  61. Demonstrate understanding of developing strategies for involving parents in the child care setting.
  62. Identify strategies for effective communication with families.
  63. Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers with developmental, emotional, cognitive, language and/or physical needs.
  64. Identify assessment tools.
  65. Identify different types of play.
  66. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with all children and youth.
  67. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with community members and organizations.
  68. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with families.
  69. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with staff and administrators.
  70. Give examples of ways to collaborate with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
  71. Recognize the importance of a positive and respectful attitude in working with all children and their families.
  72. Identify ways to examine child behavior to prepare for guidance.
  73. Define social emotional development in young children
  74. Identify causes of obesity in children.
  75. Describe the importance of learning centers in the early childhood education environment.
  76. Describe the primary learning centers and their components.
  77. Give examples of tools that record and communicate critical information to other staff and families.
  78. Recognize the importance of music in both child development and curriculum.
  79. Give examples of developmentally appropriate musical activities for children.
  80. Define active play in the early childhood classroom and describe its benefits for young children.
  81. Identify the importance of professional development for child care professionals and strategies to make meaningful choices.
  82. Demonstrate understanding of scaffolding as a method for individualized learning.
  83. List benefits to a multicultural and inclusionary environment.
  84. Recognize the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with community members and families
  85. Demonstrate an understanding of potential violations of confidentiality and take steps to reduce the risk of occurrence.
  86. Define the meaning of professionalism in child care.
  87. Identify and contemplate bias and explore anti-bias approaches that support working with children and families.
  88. Identify the components of a lesson plan for infants and toddlers.
  89. Recognize the legal foundations, including the IDEA Act and Section 504.
  90. Identify different types of barriers for mixed ages with disabilities and ways to adapt curriculum to fit their needs.
  91. Recognize the needs of individualized learning for infants and toddlers.
  92. Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of individualized learning
  93. Give examples of appropriate sensory activities for infants and toddlers.
  94. Define the term multiculturalism and how it relates to the child's environment.
  95. Demonstrate understanding of an IEP and removing barriers
  96. Demonstrate understanding of an IFSP and removing barriers
  97. Demonstrate an understanding of translating assessment and observational information into short and long term goal development
  98. List resources and the referral process for preschoolers with a suspected/diagnosed disability.
  99. Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic illness can affect development in ages four and above.
  100. Demonstrate understanding of using assessment and observations for short and long term goal development for ages birth to three.
  101. Demonstrate understanding of using assessment and observations for short and long term goal development for ages four and above.
  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 types of abuse in infants and toddlers.
  110. Identify factors that influence learning.
  111. Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to learning
  112. Identify different learning styles of young children
  113. Demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development from age 2 to 5.
  114. Identify similarities between major theories.
  115. Demonstrate an understanding of prenatal development and its impact on child development.
  116. Identify the nutritional needs of children aged four and above.
  117. Demonstrate understanding of brain development in young children.
  118. Recognize theory and theorist in relation to child development and approaches to learning.
  119. Recognize the differences between major theories.
  120. Define the similarities between major theories.
  121. Explain how theory is reflective in the child care environment.
  122. Identify theorists of guidance and discipline
  123. Demonstrate an understanding of how positive guidance promotes sound social and emotional development.
  124. Demonstrate an understanding of how the community in which a child lives influences development
  125. Describe the proper procedures of medication administration including: authorizations forms, documentation, storage, training, emergent issues, and resources.
  126. Identify the basic musical milestones in children aged from birth to 5 years.
  127. Identify the different learning concepts related to block play.
  128. Identify the symptoms and signs of poor time management in the child care environment.
  129. Define mental health and its Indicators in infants and young children.
  130. Give examples of strategies to prevent traumatic brain injuries in infants and young children.
  131. Recognize strategies for effective conferences with families.
  132. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Statement of Commitment & Preamble
  133. Demonstrate an understanding of how ongoing preventive health and wellness care affects child development
  134. Demonstrate an understanding of how to be open to new perspectives and diverse others.
  135. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives, and navigate the ambiguity and complexity that comes with that.
  136. Identify ways to reflect on one's own personal perspectives with courage and/or humility
  137. Give examples of strategies in responding to typical child care situations.
  138. Identify strategies to listen while withholding judgement about the new or unfamiliar
  139. Identify strategies to make connections and interact substantively with those who are different from oneself
  140. Demonstrate communication skills that enable intercultural communication, including effective listening skills
  141. Identify ways to interact respectfully and appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts
  142. Identify strategies to promote cultural diversity and acceptance in the child care environment.
  143. Define culture and cultural competency
  144. List examples ways to incorporate inclusion and equity in the classroom
  145. Identify resources to help children discover, learn, and experience in a natural play environment.
  146. Identify the components of the MY Plate.
  147. Define self-esteem and identify how it relates to art.
  148. Demonstrate understanding of children's general knowledge that supports emerging math skills
  149. Identify strategies for working with children with special needs.
  150. Demonstrate an understanding of inclusionary practices.
  151. Demonstrate understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of children with special needs.
  152. Identify the role of play in the early childhood environment.
  153. Identify the requirements of an appropriate environment that will promote free exploration and manipulation.
  154. Give examples of strategies caregivers can use to ensure safe sleeping habits and the prevention of SIDS/SUIDS in infants.
  155. Identify stages and milestones of development for ages 1 to 5
  156. Define developmental domains.
  157. Identify the components of positive relationships with children, co-workers and families.
  158. Recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome
  159. Demonstrate Understanding of Meal Planning for young children.
  160. Identify significant events surrounding the evolution of early childhood education throughout the world.
  161. Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop appropriate daily schedules that promote routines. (1 hr)
  162. Identify materials and equipment for center childcare programs that meet the needs of specific age groups in both shared or permanent space and align with the programs curriculum
  163. Explain the value of self-evaluation and reflection.
  164. Demonstrate understanding of the content and implications of environment regulations and supervision requirements
  165. Demonstrate understanding of the feeding regulations and monitoring requirements.
  166. Describe the benefits of an outdoor classroom.
  167. Demonstrate an understanding of how to create a natural outdoor classroom that supports child development in all areas.
  168. Identify materials and activities to promote learning in the outdoor classroom.
  169. Identify specific considerations and resources for implementing an outdoor classroom program.
  170. Identify significant events surrounding the evolution of early childhood education in America.
  171. Identify current events impacting Early Childhood Education.
  172. Define Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  173. Identify appropriate activities for children birth through age three
  174. List the most common reasons why infants and toddlers bite.
  175. Demonstrate understanding of strategies that utilize good time management practices for teachers and child care providers.
  176. Demonstrate understanding of positive alternatives of timeouts and certain disciplining techniques based on best practices.
  177. Give examples of strategies to help children resolve conflict amongst themselves.
  178. Identify the signs of traumatic brain injury in infants and young children.
  179. Demonstrate understanding of observational techniques to track skill development and individual need.
  180. Identify the need to maintain individual feeding schedules for infants.
  181. List and review tracking systems to monitor the daily feeding schedule of infants and toddlers
  182. List safety risks for infants and toddlers and strategies to diminish these risks.
  183. Define conflict resolution and explain why problem solving is important.
  184. Demonstrate an understanding of observational techniques that result in accurate and objective observation
  185. Identify parenting styles and the influence those styles have on child development
  186. Demonstrate understanding of effective listening skills in childcare.
  187. Identify communication issues that are common in the early care and education environment
  188. Describe open-ended art concepts.
  189. Select activities to focus on play, exploration, and constructive approaches to learning math.
  190. Demonstrate appropriate/effective responses as they relate to a variety of typical child care scenarios.
  191. Distinguish how to adapt arts and crafts for younger children and children with different abilities.
  192. Demonstrate an understanding of the information that should be communicated regularly with staff, parents, and the community
  193. Give examples of new open-ended art techniques to use with children.
  194. Demonstrate methods to address gender stereotypes and sexism in the classroom related to children’s math abilities
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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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/9 HSN/6 SN/9 PRO/6 COM

Topics / Categories

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


Dulari Ranaraja
Date: 02/21/22
Stephanie Stallings
Date: 06/12/22
Amanda Dowden
Date: 09/16/22
Aaliyah Joyner
Date: 01/25/22
Ashley Vasquez
Date: 09/17/22
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