CDA Handbook and 30 day preparation plan
CDA stands for Child Development Associate, which is a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. To become a CDA, you must complete specific coursework and training, as well as demonstrate your competency in the field.
Here are some steps to prepare for the CDA:
- Check eligibility requirements: Before you start preparing for the CDA, you should check if you meet the eligibility requirements. You need to have a high school diploma or GED, and have experience working with young children in a professional setting.
- Choose your CDA setting: There are different CDA settings you can choose from, including preschool, infant/toddler, family child care, and home visitor. Choose the setting that best aligns with your interests and experience.
- Complete the required training: To become a CDA, you must complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training. This can be done through a variety of sources, including community colleges, online courses, and training programs.
- Prepare for the CDA exam: The CDA exam consists of a written test, an observation of your work with young children, and a portfolio of your work. You should review the CDA exam content and format, and practice your observation and portfolio skills.
- Apply for the CDA: Once you have completed the required training and are confident in your skills, you can apply for the CDA credential through the Council for Professional Recognition. You will need to submit an application, pay a fee, and provide documentation of your training and experience.