The Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program recognizes the competence of child care professionals in several settings: center based programs serving infants/toddlers, center school programs serving preschool children, and family child care homes. The CDA Credential is awarded to child care providers who have demonstrated their skill in working with young children and their families by successfully completing the CDA assessment process, which is based on national standards. All Child Development programs meet the coursework requirements to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.
The Child Development Associate credential tells employers nationwide that you are a professional in the field of early care and education. 4CS The Center for Child Care Careers has prepared more than 1,000 people for national credentialing through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. Through our program, you will gain the skills necessary to enhance the development of young children ages 0 through 5. You will be fully prepared to step into the classroom and make a difference in children’s lives.
You will experience:
- Practical, hands-on training, working directly with children
- Friendly, accessible instructors helping you every step of the way
- Small class sizes
- One-on-one tutoring
- Job placement assistance
- Career Services, including resume writing, job-search techniques, interview skills
- Convenient location close to major highways and public transportation
- Day or evening classes
To apply for admission to the program, all potential students must take a basic skills test and show identification in the form of a photo I.D., high school diploma or GED, Social Security card or Tax Identification Number.
The CDA course includes 120 hours of classroom training and 480 hours of supervised field work. For further information or to register, call our Admissions Department at (973) 684-1904, ext. 234.