Child Development Associate (CDA)
CDEC 1016 - Child Development Associate (CDA) (120 Hrs)
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. Focus on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development. 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.
REQUIRED TEXTS INCLUDED: Essentials for Working with Young Children and CDA Competency Standards Infant-Toddler or Preschool Edition.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for certification by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition after paying an assessment fee of $425 to the Council. (Scholarships available)
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.
This training program qualifies for Financial Aid.
For program information, please call (210) 486-3405.
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