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Faren“Our staff has always been very pleased with your services. They enjoy being able to get training hours on their own time, have liked the variety of topics available, and are always impressed at how quickly the books arrive and the tests are graded. Thank you for your services!”  

Kathryn, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Molly“I thoroughly enjoyed the course...I was able to finish the course in a timely manner with ease. I entered my first day at my new daycare with the confidence and knowledge necessary to be an ideal caregiver. Thanks!” 

Faren, Wylie, Texas

Care Courses offers online training classes and book courses for child care providers, home visitors and parents. Use our childcare professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours and IACET CEUs toward CDA Renewal.

Our informative child care training programs can be completed anywhere and at any time. Study at home, at the park, or wherever is most convenient for you. Then go online to complete and submit your coursework. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer unlimited free student support by phone or email, and are always happy to help!

Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering professional development classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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How to Obtain Your Infant/Toddler CDA

How do I get my Infant/Toddler CDA?

Learn about all the components of the CDA process by taking our Free CDA Tutorial!

 

The CDA process has several steps. Care Courses can help. The training portion can be completed with Care Courses, and our specialists can answer questions about all of the steps. Confused? Contact us at 1-800-685-7610 or send an email to: cda@carecourses.com for help with your CDA or CDA decisions.

1. To prepare for your CDA, you must satisfy these requirements:
  • Hold a high school diploma, or equivalent, or are a junior or senior in a high school vocational program in early education.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA.
  • Complete 120 clock hours of formal childcare training (specific to the credential type).
  • Have 480 hours of (volunteer or paid) experience working with young children in a group setting within 3 years of submitting your CDA application.
  • Purchase a CDA Competency Standards book from the Council: 1-800-424-4310 or CDACouncil.org. Choose the book specific to the setting for which you wish to apply (Family Child Care, Infant/Toddler Center-Based, or Preschool Center-Based). Read the CDA Competency Standards book carefully. We recommend that you order this book from the Council as soon as possible.
  • Develop a Professional Portfolio (within 6 months of application) that includes: Family Questionnaires, Resource Collection items, Reflective Statements of Competence, and a Personal Philosophy Statement.
2. To apply for your CDA, you must:
  • Find a Professional Development Specialist at CDACouncil.org (or call the Council for assistance) and get his/her ID number.
  • Complete the CDA application (in the CDA Competency Standards book)
  • Submit your application online at YourCDA.org ($425) or submit by mail to the Council ($500)

3. Once you have completed the steps above, schedule your Verification Visit and CDA Exam.

4. And finally, await the Council’s decision as they review your Cumulative Score from the Verification Visit and the CDA Exam.