A CDA is an early childhood education certification offered by the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. 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 early childhood career.
The Council offers CDA Credentials in the following childcare settings: infant & toddler center-based, preschooler center-based, family childcare, and home visitor. Click on the CDA settings below to learn more.
Care Courses' CDA training prepares CDA applicants for obtaining their CDA Credential.
Moreover, we have an exceptional track record. We have helped tens of thousands of early childhood professionals successfully complete their CDA training and go on to get their CDA credentials.
In July 2017, the CDA Council for Professional Recognition awarded Care Courses the new CDA Gold Standard certification in recognition of the quality of our courses, the unlimited, free support services we provide for our students, and our effective online and CourseBook training options. In 2022 we became an official partner of the Council. We are proud to work closely with the CDA Council to support early childhood professionals throughout the entire United States.