What is the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program?
The CDA National Credentialing Program is a professional development opportunity for early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credentialing program assesses Candidates using multiple sources evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio with resources and competency statements prepared by the Candidate. There are four CDA settings:
- PRESCHOOL: A center-based preschool setting is a state-approved child development center where a Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least eight children, all of whom are ages 3 through 5 years old.
- INFANT-TODDLER: A center-based infant-toddler setting is a state-approved child development center where a Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least three children, all of whom are under the age of 3 years old.
- FAMILY CHILD CARE: A family child care setting is a family child care home where a Candidate can be observed working with at least two children 5 years old or younger who are not related to the Candidate by blood or marriage. The setting must meet at least the minimum level of applicable state and/or local regulations. Family child care settings are also eligible in localities where there is no regulation of family child care
- HOME VISITOR: A home visitor setting is an established program of home visits (to families with children 5 years old or younger) that supports parents in meeting the needs of their young children. In this setting, regular home visits are the primary method of program delivery. Candidates for a Home Visitor credential follow a slightly different assessment process than what is listed below. See the Council's website for more information about obtaining a Home Visitor CDA.
KCCTO CDA Training Track - First Time CDA Candidates
The purpose of the KCCTO CDA Training Track is to provide support and guidance for Preschool, Infant-Toddler, or Family Child Care CDA Candidates as they work to meet the professional education requirements set forth in the Council for Professional Recognition’s CDA Credentialing process. Specifically, the KCCTO CDA Training Track assists providers in:
- Determining what previous professional development/education applies
- Selecting additional professional development/education to meet minimum requirements
- Planning a course schedule
Any Kansas resident may apply for KCCTO’s CDA Training Track. However, prior to beginning course work, applicants must have:
- Successfully completed the KCCTO course Orientation to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
- Reviewed CDA CREDENTIALING PROCESS QUICK TIPS
- Submitted the one-time, $120 CDA Training Track payment
KCCTO CDA Renewal Training Track - Renewing Your CDA
The CDA Credential must be renewed every three years. Among several other requirements (visit http://www.cdacouncil.org/credentials/renew-cda to view the Renewal Procedures Guide), CDA Renewal Candidates must accumulate at least 45 clock hours of continued educational training, completed after the issue date of their most current credential. The KCCTO CDA Renewal Training Track provides support and guidance for Preschool, Infant-Toddler, or Family Child Care CDA Renewal Candidates as they work to meet this requirement.
Any Kansas resident may apply for KCCTO’s CDA Renewal Training Track. However, prior to beginning course work, applicants must have:
- Submitted the one-time, $45 CDA Renewal Training Track payment
- Reviewed the "Renewing Your CDA" section of CDA CREDENTIALING PROCESS QUICK TIPS
Register for the CDA Training Track or CDA Renewal Training Track
Note: Make sure to review CDA CREDENTIALING PROCESS QUICK TIPS for additional information on how to complete the Training Track Applications.
Are you a DCF Child Care Assistance Provider? Have you worked at the same licensed program for at least the last 6 months? You can apply for a scholarship to help you pay for your CDA training! Find more information on our Scholarship page. A separate scholarship is available for the Council's $425 application fee. See details in the following section.
KCCTO is committed to providing assistance to early childhood professionals seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of quality early childhood practices. In particular, KCCTO is pleased to provide Kansas residents with the opportunity to apply for our CDA application fee scholarship. This scholarship covers the Council for Professional Recognition’s $425 online CDA application fee for those applying for a CDA for the first time.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a Kansas resident
- be currently employed by the same program for at least the last six months
- have completed the required 120 hours of professional education
- have completed 480 hours of experience working with children in the appropriate setting, within the last three years
- have completed the Professional Portfolio within the last six months
Scholarship applicants will be asked to submit:
- A copy of your current KDHE license
- Proof of in-service training/college credit hours completed
- Reflective Statements
How to Apply for a CDA Scholarship
1. Apply online: KCCTO CDA Scholarship Application
2. Print the PDF listed in the Downloads section and mail in your application