Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
What is the Child Development Associate (CDA)?
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized early childhood education credential and an important aspect of career development for early childhood educators.
Six Competency Standards are used to evaluate of child development associates:
- To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
- To advance physical and intellectual competence
- To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
- To establish positive and productive relationships with families
- To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to particular needs
- To maintain a commitment to professionalism
- CDA Verification Visit™
- The R.O.R. Model™
Earning the CDA can lead to career advancement opportunities, greater exposure and networking opportunities within the early childhood education field, and improved teaching outcomes.
Who is eligible?
Early childhood professionals are eligible to pursue the CDA Credential™.
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