Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential GETTING YOURChild Development Associate (CDA) CredentialThe Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education. It is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. The program’s purpose is to enhance the quality of early child care by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of early child care professionals across the country. Online Training and Independent Study Renewing or Updating Your Expired CDA Obtaining your Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialThe process for obtaining your CDA includes the following components.120 clock hours of formal training in specific areas. Indiana AEYC's T.E.A.C.H. program is a good place to start for face-to-face CDA classes. If you're interested in online classes, see below for more information about Quorum. A portfolioFamily questionnairesA verification visitAn online examDepending on your learning style and availability, there are a few different options for coursework: face-to-face, online, and independent study.For more details about the specific process and requirements, visit the CDA Council’s websiteLEARN MOREWait List as Courses Begin Throughout the YearOur wait list form helps us learn more about you, determine what courses you qualify for, and what scholarships are available for the upcoming courses. If there a match for an upcoming course, we may contact you to let you know when there is a spot available. Vea este formulario ene Español. Add me to the Wait List Online training and Independent study You can complete your 120 education hours through a wide variety of training organizations with expertise in early childhood. Such agencies include: a college or university, other resource and referral agencies, private training organizations, vocational or technical schools, or other approved early childhood training sites. Once you’ve completed your education hours, we can help you with coordinating verification visits with a Professional Development specialist and the assessment process. Online CDA Hours through Quorum Learning We have a partnership with Quorum Learning to help you get the training you need in a format that’s easy and convenient for you. Even better? The membership only costs $79.95, which is a $10 discount from their regular prices! Make sure to enter 190965 in the Discount Code field when you register. Here’s what Quorum provides: 24/7 access to eLearning courses 160+ hours of available courses from which you can choose your 120 hours Courses in English and Spanish CDA Gold-Standard content, created in conjunction with Kaplan Early Learning Self-paced, interactive courses that include games, audio, quizzes, reflective writing, and online knowledge assessments Discussion boards that allow you to connect with others who are studying the same topics Note: Child Care Answers does not provide support with creating your portfolio. Quorum offers coursework to guide you in this process. If you need advice about the CDA process, questions answered about CDA topic areas and appropriate coursework, or technical support with their platform, Quorum’s support staff can help. Contact Quorum at 404.325.2225 or email@example.com. CONTACT QUORUMHow to RegisterGo to the Annual Quorum Memberships page on their website. Click the Add to Cart button under Quorum Individual Member. Note: The $79.95 discount will not appear until the next step. Type Q11491 in the Discount Codes box, then click Apply. Click the Proceed to Checkout button. Click Register to create an account. Type Child Care Answers in the Company field, otherwise, you may not receive the $10 discount. REGISTER WITH QUORUM Renewing or Updating Your Expired CDA First, congratulations on obtaining your CDA! All CDA credentials are valid for three years from the date of the award. Keep all documentation for trainings and other professional development from the date you earned your credential. We suggest you start the process of renewing about six months before your credential expires. All information you submit for a renewal goes directly to Washington D.C. to the CDA Council. Child Care Answers does not have any control or management over your CDA renewal. If your CDA has expired, remember that your 120 hours do not expire. You will need to review and update your portfolio and reapply for the assessment process (verification visit and online exam). Visit the CDA Council website to view checklists appropriate for your child care setting DO YOU HAVE AN EXPIRED CDA? If you currently work 30 or more hours per week in a licensed home/center or registered ministry, you might qualify for a T.E.A.C.H. renewal scholarship that pays 90% of the cost. If you meet those qualifications, complete the scholarship form on Indiana AEYC’s website and send to T.E.A.C.H. as soon as possible. Please see the form for mailing address and fax number. In order to use the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, you must fill out the scholarship application and have it approved before applying with the Council. Contact Tikla Welch with expired CDA questions. Contact Tikila Welch with expired CDA questions. Contact Charlotte McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org with T.E.A.C.H scholarship questions. Print the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship application form.