A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process and has been awarded the CDA Credential by the Council for Professional Recognition.
CDAs can be obtained in three settings: center-based, family childcare, and home visitor. Using the Direct Assessment method, a choice of four specializations can be earned (Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care and Home Visiting). To earn a CDA, 120 hours of child care training is required in eight content areas (a minimum of 10 hours needs to be completed in each content area).
For more information on CDA requirements, how to obtain a CDA and the benefits of having a CDA, please visit the Council for Professional Recognition.