About CDA Training Program

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in early education and care.

CentroNía’s CDA training program is designed to equip students with the knowledge they need to pass the credentialing exam administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. The program is based on a core set of competency standards that guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. By the end of the program candidates meet all of the application requirements to obtain a CDA credential.

CentroNía’s CDA candidates participate in a 7 module training program consisting of 150 hours of training and hands-on experience. Cohorts meet twice a week from 6-9:00 PM for a period of 6 months. Throughout the program candidates learn about child development, how to work with children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors, how to use age-appropriate assessment tools, and how to engage in intentional planning to support growth and learning. CentroNía specializes in both infant/toddler and preschool endorsements. In addition to the training, candidates receive assistance with the assembly of their professional portfolio. Currently, CentroNía offers its CDA training program in Spanish, English and Amharic.

In 2017, CentroNía’s CDA training program was one of the seven organizations that passed the Council for Professional Recognition’s quality standards for training and was awarded the CDA Gold Standard Training Certification. In the past 5 years, more than 400 early childhood professionals graduated from the program and now work in centers across DC and Maryland.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us through the link below.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years old and older
  • Current professional childcare experience in the District of Columbia* (paid or volunteer) within the group setting you are applying for, including experience with each of the three infant/toddler sub-groups: young infants (birth–8 months), mobile infants (9–17 months), and toddlers (18–36 months) OR with children aged 3 through 5 years old (preschoolers)
  • We will need a letter from the director of your facility approving of at least 120 hours of volunteer/work experience in a licensed center or family home daycare (you will need to complete 480 hours by the end of the program).

To make the process easier, you may download and fill out the Child Development Associate Training Program Enrollment Application.

Interested in enrollment?

The best way to learn about CentroNía and whether our services are right for you and your family is by making an appointment with our Admissions Office and speaking with a representative.