CDA Certification

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Created by The Council for Professional Recognition

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.
CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.
Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.
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Bethel Child Care Services, Inc. has supported and assisted many family child care educators to complete their CDA successfully.