Child Development Associate

Community College of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Child Care/Early Childhood Development Training System announce the start of our Spring 2018 Child Development Associate workshops.

This 120-hour course is designed to enhance the quality of child care by defining, evaluating and recognizing the competence of child care providers.  A CDA is awarded by the National Council for Professional Recognition, to individuals who demonstrate a full understanding of child development and the assessment process. Participants are required to pay a registration fee only. These CDA workshops meet the level III requirements on the PA Key's Career Lattice. For more information about the PA Key's Career Lattice, go to 

We are offering two CDA classes starting in the Spring 2018 semester. Because these courses are taught over the Spring and Summer semesters, students will register in two Parts. You will register for Part Two during class—you must pay for and successfully complete Part One to participate in Part Two. There is no cost for Part Two. Dates below are for the entire 120-hour CDA program.

A Child Development Associate (CDA) designation from the National Council for Professional Recognition is awarded to a person who demonstrates full understanding of child development and the assessment process.

Our CDA courses this semester are being offered as “hybrid courses” encompassing twenty online learning modules and twenty face-to-face class meetings. Students registering for hybrid courses must be computer savvy and have access to a computer with reliable internet access. The Main campus CDA course is funded by the Public Health Management Corporation.


Registration Information

CDA Prerequisites: You must be employed in a DPW licensed program, have at least 480 clock hours working directly with children birth to age five, be at least 18 years old, and have a high school diploma or GED.

To register for the CDA program complete the  CDA Non-Credit Course Registration Formmaking sure to indicate which class location you are selecting. Also complete the PA Keys Data Information Form. If you are registering for the CDA at NWRC please also complete the Wanamaker Scholarship application. Registration fees are due at the time of registration. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Community College of Philadelphia."

Mail the registration and Keys data form with payment to:

Community College of Philadelphia
Attn: Bryan Burns
1700 Spring Garden Street, Room C1-9
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3991

Or hand-deliver the forms with payment to:
Bryan Burns
Center for Business and Industry
1751 Callowhill Street, Room C1-9

Students who are awarded the CDA designation may, upon being accepted at Community College of Philadelphia, apply for up to 9  credit hours in the Early Childhood Education program.

For more information about the Child Development Associate program contact, Rainah Chambliss at 215-496-6127 or Bryan Burns at 215-496-6125.

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

(Hybrid: Online and classroom in Phoenixville, PA)

CDA:Northwest Regional Center (Hybrid)
Tuesdays, January 29, 2019- June 18, 2019,
6:00-9:00pm (No class: 3/5/19)
(No class on the following dates: 11/22/17, 12/27/17).
Online requirements - 20 online learning modules.
Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet access. 

Charlestown Play House 
2478 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460


CDA:Main Campus (Hybrid)
Tuesdays, January 31, 2019- June 20, 2019,
6:00-9:00pm (No class: 3/7/19)
Online requirements - 20 online learning modules.
Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet access.

First Baptist Church of Paschall 
2210 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia PA 19142.

 Course Hours: 120 hours