A Child Development Associates (C.D.A.) is a Credential awarded by the
COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION out of Washington D.C.
This credential is acknowledged and accepted Nationwide and serves as proof that the person holding the C.D.A. is
an educated, qualified, childcare professional and is used nationwide
to improve the star quality rating score of an in home provider or child care center.
C.D.A. Course Cost:
Our C.D.A. classes normally cost $795.00 however, at this time, thanks to the ChildUp Grant,
ALL students that enroll in our program from this state
will only have to pay $99.00 for the class Plus $25.00 for a textbook.
Students may choose one of the following C.D.A. types:
*INFANT TODDLER C.D.A. (6 weeks old to 2 years old)
*PRESCHOOL C.D.A. (3 years old to after school age)
*FAMILY (IN HOME PROVIDER) C.D.A. (Care for all age groups in your private home)
HOME VISITOR C.D.A. (For those seeking to be a home visitor)
You can now also take a DUAL ENDORSEMENT Course which means you will take 2 classes at one time and receive 2 credentials at the same time.
The class is an online class and is designed to allow the student access
to the information 24 hours per day.
The course can be completed in as little as 8 weeks and can be completed
using a desktop, laptop or phone.
Most students complete the course in 8 weeks however, the student has a full semester (6 months) from the date of registration to complete the course.
*18 years or older
* Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
* Have a minimum of 480 hours (about 12 weeks of full time experience or 24 weeks of part time experience) in a child care setting during their lifetime.
This class is NOT about memorizing facts, dates or other useless information.
It is about attitude, caring for and disciplining children and classroom techniques.
What do I do after I complete the course?
After our program you will need to be observed working in a classroom with children and then you MUST take your
final exam with the C.D.A. Council. As with all other programs, including college programs, the fee for this test is not included in your class cost, however, the great news is that your state may have a grant in place to help pay for this exam. You can find more information on the ASSESSMENT GRANTS available for you state at the link below.