CDA 2.0... the help you need is here!
A person needs to be working in a program with young children in order to go through the CDA process. This is because the candidate will need to be observed working in a program with young children by a certified Professional Development Specialist.
Before embarking on the CDA journey, the Candidate will acquire at least 120 clock hours of training and purchase a CDA Competency Standards book from the Council. It contains the materials needed to prepare and apply for a CDA. This can be requested by calling the Council directly at 1-800-424-4310 or ordering on the Council's website. You will need to specify the setting in which you work.
Many times, these materials are vague and confusing to Candidates and don't give enough specific information for them to feel confident about putting together the Professional Portfolio, writing the Statements of Competence, or preparing for the Verification Visit. This is often troublesome if the Candidate is working on her own or if she is the first to earn a CDA Credential at her workplace... and is especially true since the entire CDA process has been recently changed!
PROVIDING HELP TO CDA CANDIDATES SINCE 1998
Whether you just need a little assistance or step-by-step guidance through the entire process, you will find help on this website that is tailored to your specific age group and setting.
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
Find out more about CDA Prep Binders, CDA Prep Workbook, and the CDA Prep Guide... all designed to help you earn a stress-free CDA!
what is a cda?
The CDA (Child Development Associate Credential©) is a competency-based and nationally-recognized credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC.
The Council was originally formed as a separate entity of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), but responsibility was taken over completely by the Council in 1985. The process has recently been updated for the first time in over 20 years.
The CDA is an entry-level credential which is required in most states for family child care licensing and to be a lead teacher or a director in center-based programs.
The CDA process requires 120 clock hours of training, a collection of documentation, observation at the workplace, an exam geared to your particular setting, and participation in a Verification Visit with a Professional Development Specialist.
Since 1975, over 300,000 care providers have earned a CDA credential, with more than 20,000 applying each year.
Please be Advised...
Don't confuse us with copycats! This is the original Early Childhood CDA Help website, providing help since 1998.