Child Development Associate Training


Childcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This online course will train you for a career in child development and help you pass the Council of Professional Recognition’s CDA certification exam. Key topics include procedures and strategies for creating a safe and enriching childcare environment.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for childcare professionals is projected to increase by 11% through the year 2026, which is slightly faster than the average. The average annual salary for childcare professionals is $21,170 and $28,790 for preschool teachers. With experience in the field, wage could increase. In fact, the median annual wage for a Childcare Center Director this year is $45,790.

Course Objectives

  • Understand development stages for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children
  • Have the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with school personnel, families and child students
  • Know how to effectively manage a childcare facility
  • Know standard procedures and strategies needed to provide a safe and enriching childcare environment

Lesson I: Building Your Business
  • Learn the operations side of the childcare facility including hiring and training.
Lesson II: Building Relationships
  • Learn how to develop positive relationships with parents and families to ensure a safe and secure environment.
Lesson III: Child Development
  • Learn about the physical and emotional development of
    pre-school age children.
Lesson IV: Academics and enrichment activities
  • Develop lesson plans that help in child development.


  • Darlene Lawrence 
Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in teaching. 


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Child Development Associate (CDA) FAQs


WHAT IS A CDA?The CDA is a credential that demonstrates a childcare professional’s expertise in the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children. WHAT DOES A CDA DO?A CDA is responsible for ensuring the welfare, health and safety of children under their care.  WHERE DO CDAS WORK?Most work in childcare centers, however, some may provide services in their own home or their clients' homes. HOW DO YOU BECOME A CDA?
  • Have a high school diploma

  • Complete 120 hours of classwork and 480 hours of work experience

  • Submit portfolio and fee to the Council for Professional Recognition.

  • Pass exam and site visit
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A CDA CREDENTIAL?Earning a CDA credential can lead to future career advancement. Many CDAs go on to work in education as school teachers or as Daycare Facility Directors. DOES THE CDA CREDENTIAL EXPIRE?Yes, CDA credentials expire after 3 years. Our online renewal training satisifes the 45-hour professional development requirement for renewal. For additional renewal information visit CDA Renewal.