The Child Development Associate (CDA) program was created by the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families to upgrade the quality of child care programs. Currently, the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition administers the CDA Credential. This credential is awarded to any individual who demonstrates proficiency in the Competency Goals set by the Council. The proficiency can be developed through coursework and regular work in a childcare setting.
The 15-credit hour Child Care Certificate of Achievement in Child Development is designed to provide the competencies needed for the CDA credential. Students who wish to complete the Associate in Arts in Child Development may apply these credits toward the associate degree. However, CHD 201 and CHD 202 may not apply toward a Bachelor''s degree in Elementary Education.
Completion of this program and successful completion of the CDA credentialing process would provide the credentials for working as a lead teacher or program director in some child development settings.
Information on the national Child Development associate degree can be found at www.cdacouncil.org. The preparation for this credential is addressed in CHD 201 and CHD 202.
People working in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and a Department of Social Services (FIA) clearance.