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Child Development Associate Course: CDA

Classes meet one evening per week for a three hour session, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. It will take a participant approximately 11 months to complete.

Please contact Yolanda at (585) 654-4798 for upcoming dates and to order a CDA information packet if you work in Livingston, Monroe or Wayne county in upstate New York.

Description: This course will encourage participants to broaden their understanding of key issues in early childhood education as they begin their course work for the CDA credential. Through the course work, each individual will increase their knowledge on how to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework. This will be done by demonstrating competence in her/his ability to meet the CDA Competency Goals through her/his work in a center-based or family child care program.

There are 13 modules covered throughout the course.

Requirements: Prior to assessment from the National Council for Professional Recognition, you must:

Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years. The 120 clock hours of education must be documented, with no fewer than 10 hours in each of the following content areas:

  1. Planning a safe, healthy environment to invite learning
  2. Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
  3. Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
  4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
  5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
  8. Principles of child development and learning

You will have completed 120 clock hours of formal child care education through the end of this course.

Obtaining your CDA Credential:

The actual Child Development Associate Credential is granted by the National Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C. For more information, call 1-800-424-4310 or visit their website

CDA Renewal:

A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the date of award. At YOUR request, a renewal packet will be sent from the Council of Professional Recognition. Call 1-800-424-4310 to obtain your renewal packet. You will need to request your packet at least 6 months prior to the expiration date of your CDA Credential. Within the 3 year period of having your credential, you will need to complete 45 hours of training, have a current first aid certificate, proof of work experience with children or families of young children, obtain a letter of recommendation from an Early Childhood professional regarding your competence in working with young children, and document proof (within current year) of membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization.

For more information on the CDA program, please contact our education department at (585) 654-4720.

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