Child Development Associate (CDA)*

About The 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 Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ 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.
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Region 6 Educator and Provider Support Collaborative is pleased to offer a CDA Training Program with a College Pathway.

  • ABCD Head Start’s CDA Training Department has developed a training program to meet the needs of educators in Region 6. The following courses are REQUIRED before you can be considered for a CDA course.
    • Course Prerequisites:
      • Child Growth & Development
      • Proficient Writing Skills (College Level)
  • When submitting your application for CDA please make sure you have ALL of the documentation listed below:
    • A copy of your college transcripts showing that you completed Child Growth and Development (does not have to be an official stamped copy)
    • A copy of your High School Diploma or GED Certificate ( College Diploma can be used as a substitute)
    • A completed CDA Application
  • A CDA can be earned when an educator completes a specific professional core of courses and when documentation of their competence has been submitted to the Council for Professional Recognition. Our training program will prepare you to earn a CDA credential. However, you must make a commitment to your own personal and professional development to achieve this goal.
    • CDA Coursework:
      • Introduction to CDA (3 college credits)
      • Professional CDA Resource Portfolio (3 college credits)
      • CDA Internship I & II (6 college credits)
  • Educators must have a knowledge of and demonstrate competence in early childhood development, providing a safe and healthy learning environment for children and developing methods for communicating effectively with children, parents and other staff members.
  • At the completion of all CDA course work, participants will receive 12 college credits which can be used towards an Associate’s Degree at Urban College.

For more information please use this Register Now Link to send your contact information to the ABCD Head Start CDA Department. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If you need to reach someone right away, please email:

Maura Flynn
Professional Development Coordinator

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Please Note: All applications will be reviewed by the ABCD Head Start CDA Training Department to be sure applicants meet requirements for this training program.

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