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Child Development Associate

Community College of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Child Care/Early Childhood Development Training System announce the start of our 2021 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 www.PAkeys.org 

We are offering two free CDA classes in the Spring 2021 semester. 

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 “online hybrid courses” encompassing twenty online learning modules and twenty Zoom class meetings. Students registering for hybrid courses should be computer savvy and have access to a computer with reliable internet access.

One class will meet Tuesday evenings; the other class will meet on Thursday evenings.

These CDA courses are funded by the Public Health Management Corporation through the ECE PDO @ PHMC. 

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.

Registration procedures:
Please complete the Class Registration Application and any other required paperwork for the course you wish to attend (see the boxes below).  Be sure to indicate on the form which of the two classes you wish to attend. Registration deadline is two days prior to the start of class. Please submit a completed ECE PDO Data Form with each registration. Email the completed forms to bburns@ccp.edu. 

This noncredit certificate program provides academic credits that can be used towards specific credit-bearing degree program upon completion and enrollment in the credit degree program. Students are eligible for up to 9 college credit hours upon completion of this program and passing the corresponding certification exams. For more details, please view our Prior Learning Assessment. 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 Bryan Burns at cda@ccp.edu

Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship

This program is eligible for a Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship Opportunity.  Learn more about this competitive scholarship here. To be considered complete the application and submit your completed application packet.

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

CDA: Virtual class meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm 
February 16, 2021 through June 29, 2021

Class WILL be meeting during the week of Spring Break.

To register: Complete - CDA Spring 2021 Registration Form and

ECE PDO at PHMC DATA FORM. Email to bburns@ccp.edu.

Synchronous Hybrid Online Free, must register in advance

CDA: Virtual class meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm 
February 18, 2021 through July 1, 2021

Class WILL be meeting during the week of Spring Break.

To register: Complete - CDA Spring 2021 Registration Form and

ECE PDO at PHMC DATA FORM. Email to bburns@ccp.edu.

Synchronous Hybrid Online Free, must register in advance

 Course Hours: 120 Hours