Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The CDA is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 300,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

Advance your career
Meet job requirements
Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
Provide parents with peace of mind
Understand developmentally appropriate practice
Increase your confidence

Programs for Parents offers the following to early childhood educators.

Infant Toddler, Preschool, and Family Child Care CDA Credential Course in Newark

Class Day and Times:     Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:                                             Programs for Parents, 570 Broad Street, 9th Floor, in Newark

Infant Toddler, Preschool, and Family Child Care CDA Credential Course in Montclair

Class Day and Times:     Saturday morning from 8:30am to 2:30pm

Location:                             Programs for Parents, 500 Bloomfield Ave., 2nd Floor, in Montclair

The cost of the program is $1,500 which includes the registration fee, books, council materials, 120 classroom training hours, Professional Portfolio development & support, onsite observation with coaching, professional development mentoring, verification visit & the R.O.R. process preparation.

*****A Payment plan is available*****

*****NJ Workforce Registry Tuition Scholarship may be available to qualified applicants.  Apply at*****

To enroll in our classes, a person must submit proof of the following at orientation

  • Attend the mandatory orientation (see details in box below)
  • Be age 18 or older (photo ID, birth certificate)
  • High School student 16-18 years old (photo ID, birth certificate)
  • High school diploma, high school transcripts showing graduation, or a GED
  • Proof of employment or volunteering at a licensed child care center must be on School Letter Head and signed by administrator OR a registered family child care provider
  • $100 registration fee (MONEY ORDER or CREDIT CARD ONLY)
  • To apply fill out our online application form here


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