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 hours of training in eight subject areas, compile a professional portfolio, collect questionnaires from parents, and are observed as they care for children in a group setting by a Professional Development Specialist. In 2019, the Early Childhood Resource Center was recognized by the Council for Professional Recognition as a CDA Gold Standard training site. For more information on the CDA, click here

CDA Credential Training
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 into eight courses. Each course provides 15 hours of professional development in one of the required subject areas. Courses must be taken in their entirety; individual classes are not permitted. Courses can be taken in any order.

A nonrefundable $100 registration fee is due at the time of registration to cover book and material fees.

New courses begin in May/June 2019 in Trumbull, Stark and Summit. Fall classes registration is only open for Medina County at this time. To register, download the course schedule and registration form at a location near you:

To be added to the waiting list for a full or future class or for questions about CDA registration, please call Billie at (877) 691-8521 or bchristopher@ecresourcecenter.org.

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 45 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 Tina Lemon at (877) 691-8521, ext. 5074 or at tlemon@ecresourcecenter.org.