Child Development Associate (CDA)
Palo Alto College offers diversified courses to help prepare a child care worker, a manager, or someone interested in opening their own day care. In the Child Development Associate (CDA) Program students will study the principles of normal child growth and development from conception to adolescence.
CDC 1003 - Child Development Associate (CDA) (120 Hrs)
The program focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development. Upon completion of the CDA program, students are eligible for certification by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Our comprehensive program fulfills the following CDA Credential requirements:
- 120 contact hours
- Professional portfolio
- Family questionnaires
- CDA application and textbooks
- Assistance with volunteer placement for individuals who do not currently work in a child care center (480 hrs required)
- CDA Professional Development Specialist observation of the candidate and reflective dialogue
REQUIRED TEXTS INCLUDED: Essentials for Working with Young Children and CDA Competency Standards Infant-Toddler or Preschool Edition.
What do I have to do to be eligible for a CDA Credential?
- Have a high school diploma or be a junior or senior in a high school career / technical program in early education.
- Have 480 hours of experience working with young children.
- Have 120 clock hours of formal training.
- Collect specific documentation that shows evidence of practice working with young children.
Recognized in the Council for Professional Recognition National Directory of Early Childhood Educator Preparation Institutions at http://www.cdacouncil.org/resource-center/national-training-directory »
For frequently asked questions, visit CDACouncil.org »
This training program qualifies for Financial Aid.