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The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, administered by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, is a nationally recognized credential that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals. Built around six core competencies, CDA Candidates earn 120 clock hours of training in eight subject areas, compile a Professional Portfolio, collect questionnaires from parents, and are observed caring for children in a group setting by a Professional Development Specialist. For more information on the CDA, click here.
CDA Classes are designed to meet the requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition’s National Credentialing Program. It is recommended that participants receive a consultation prior to starting classes. Classes have been organized in four eight-week modules. Each module provides 20 hours of professional development, 6 hours of reading, and assignments across the required subject areas. Due to the study group format, modules must be taken in their entirety, individual classes are not permitted. Modules can be taken in any order.
Full payment and registration are required to sign up for each module. It is recommended that you sign up for all modules at once to save your space. To register, call or come into the ECRC to fill out a form, select your modules, and return it to the ECRC with your payment. Fall-Winter 2017-18 CDA classes are open for enrollment. Scholarships are available for Step Up to Quality Star Rated programs, but are available on a first come, first served basis. To download the current class schedules and registration forms, click the respective location that is closest to you: Stark, Trumbull or Summit.
CDA Credential Renewal A CDA Credential is valid for three years, at which time a candidate can complete a renewal process. Renewal is then required every three years. Renewal requirements include 4.5 CEU (continuing education unit) hours of training, membership in a professional organization, current first aid certification, letter of recommendation, and recent work experience.
For more information about the CDA Credential, training, or renewal, please contact Cindy Gansmiller at 330-491-3272 Ext. 5692 or by email.