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Getting a CDA Credential: All CDA Settings

How do you get a CDA? Care Courses can help.

The Council offers CDA Credentials in the following childcare settings: infant & toddler center-based, preschooler center-based, family childcare, and home visitor.

What is a CDA Credential?

A CDA is an early childhood education certification. The meaning of CDA is "Child Development Associates Credential." Also called an ece certificate or certificate in early childhood development, a CDA is a great first step along your educational journey. To learn more about the CDA, choose a setting below.

Please click the settings below to learn more (includes information on the professional portfolio, PD specialist, verification visit, and CDA exam).

Family Childcare CDA Credential

Infant/Toddler Center-Based CDA Credential

Preschool Center-Based CDA Credential

Home Visitor CDA Credential Information

What our CDA students say

I am in love with the Care Courses! I love that I can do my studying between work, my family and everything else that I have going on. It's one of the most unstressful classes I have had. The material is so easy to follow and then I go online and answer the test questions from the comfort of my home. I HIGHLY recommend this online course for anyone looking to get their CDA certification. :) Thank you so much!
  - Las Vegas, Nevada
I am working on my Child Development Associate for Preschool and have done my classes through Care Courses. The classes have always gone smoothly and I knew where to get help if I needed it. I am very glad I choose to take the CDA classes through Care Courses.
  - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
I am very happy with the Care Courses. I purchased the books, so I could do them at home in my spare time. When I was finished, I took the test on line. Very user friendly. Your techs are so helpful, professional and friendly. I have purchased a CDA Competency Standard Book. I have started my portfolio. Thank you, again. I know where to go if I need further assistance.
  - Soldotna, Alaska
I’m finding the CDA course to be very informative and enjoying the read. It is relevant and very easy to implement. I especially love the way it challenges my original thoughts about providing daycare. It has given me much food for thought.
  - Glen Falls, New York