What Is A CDA Credential?

What is a CDA Credential and Why do you need one?

A CDA Credential is a nationally recognized first step in being an early childhood professional.

The CDA Credential is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.  They have been setting the standard since 1976 and have issued over a thousand Credentials.

You can obtain a CDA Credential for Infants and Toddlers, Preschoolers, Home Visiting, and Family Childcare Homes.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services encourage all teaching staff to obtain this (see Requirement for Personnel in the Licensing Standards.  Many private schools also require this of teachers.

Staff working for at least 480 hours in a childcare setting with a high school diploma are eligible to apply for and receive this Credential.

You will need to complete 120 hours of training, prepare a professional resource portfolio, have a Verification Visit observation by a Professional Development Specialist, and pass an examination.  You will need to pay the Council for Professional Recognition $425 to do this.  You will also need to purchase their book for $25 plus shipping and handling. 

Sounds like a lot and that you might need help?


We offer an 8-week Gateways to Opportunity registered class to help you complete all the requirements.  Contact Sharon Hunter to find out more and pricing.

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