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Child Development Associate (CDA)

We are offering ACCELERATED CLASSES this Fall...finish in just 10 weeks!

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. Students can expect the following from our comprehensive program:

  • 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, CDA Competency Standards Infant-Toddler or Preschool Edition, and Licensing Minimum Standards.

We are offering ACCELERATED CLASSES this Fall...finish in just 10 weeks!

Course/CRN Dates   Day/Time   Payment Deadline
CDC 1003 7/20 - 9/30      MW / 6:30-9:30pm & Sat 9am-3:00pm  7/13/15
CDC 1003 9/14 - 4/18 M 6-9pm & Sat 8-12pm KERRVILLE SITE 9/07/15
CDC 1003 10/5 - 12/19 MW / 6:30-9:30pm & Sat 9am-3:00pm  9/28/15

Program Credentials

Recognized in the Council for Professional Recognition National Directory of Early Childhood Educator Preparation Institutions at »

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This training program qualifies for Financial Aid.



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