December 6, 2023

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Child Development Associate

Become a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA)

Childcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This 100% course will train you for a career in child development and help you pass the Council of Professional Recognition’s CDA certification exam. Key topics include procedures and strategies for creating a safe and enriching childcare environment.

Job Outlook for Childcare Professionals

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for childcare professionals is projected to increase by 11% through the year 2026, which is slightly faster than the average.
  • The average annual salary for childcare professionals is $21,170 and $28,790 for preschool teachers. With experience in the field, wage could increase. In fact, the median annual wage for a Childcare Center Director this year is $45,790.

Childcare Professional FAQs

What is a childcare professional?

Childcare professional ensure the welfare, health and safety of children under their care. Other common childcare job titles include:

  • Childcare Worker
  • Childcare Professional
  • Daycare Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Development Center Assistant
Where do childcare professionals work?

Most work is completed in childcare centers, however some roles, like in-home daycare providers, will work at their own home or their clients’ homes.

What is a child development associate (CDA)?

The CDA is a nationally-recognized credential that demonstrates a childcare professional’s skills, competencies and knowledge. According to the Council for Professional Recognition, CDAs are able to “nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.”

What can you do with a child development associate credential?

Earning a Child Development Associate credential can be a steppingstone to career advancement in the early childhood education field. Many CDAs go on to work in education as preschool or elementary school teachers.

Course Objectives

  • Understand development stages for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children
  • Have the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with school personnel, families and child students
  • Know how to effectively manage a childcare facility
  • Know standard procedures and strategies needed to provide a safe and enriching childcare environment

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.



Business aspects of childcare facilities; personnel techniques and procedures


Establishing positive relationships with parents and families; providing a safe and secure childcare environment


Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children; effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem


Early childhood academic and enrichment activities; managing behaviors, resolving conflicts


Darlene Lawrence

Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in teaching.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.