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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 

We are offering one free CDA class in the Fall 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.

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). 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 

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

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

CDA: Virtual class meets Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm 
October 11, 2021 through April 4, 2022

To register: Complete - CDA Fall 2021 Registration Form and


Synchronous Hybrid Online Free, must register in advance

 Course Hours: 120 Hours