Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) is a nationally recognized entry level credential in the field of early childhood education. It is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.
The CDA is designed for those individuals who are working with young children in all settings. The CDA will prepare you 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. The CDA is a mark of professionalism and gives assurance to parents and administrators that they have hired a competent individual to work with their children.