Learn about the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential

The CDA credential is a professional development opportunity for early educators at all levels of education and experience. Learn more about the CDA credential and its benefits.

What is a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential?

Early educators who work with children ages birth to 5 years old, may apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credential is a national credentialing program that assesses candidates using multiple sources of evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio.

Early educators may apply for a CDA credential for center-based preschool settings, center-based infant/toddler settings, and family child care programs. 


What you need to earn a CDA certification

For information on how to apply for a CDA credential, please contact the Council for Professional Recognition.

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