Home Visitor Setting | Families with Children Aged 0-5

Step 1

Explore the CDA Credential


Consider the following before making the commitment to become a CDA:

Home Visitors are skilled primary adult educators who carry out a home-based child development program.  A Home Visitor must be knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of child development in order to help parents appreciate the rapid growth and development of their children and meet their changing needs as young infants, mobile infants, toddlers and preschoolers. They must be familiar with and sensitive to the community where the families live. They must be skilled adult educators who are able to establish a trusting working relationship with clients – supporting their self-confidence, growth, and development both as parents and as individuals.

II.  You will be asked to demonstrate your competence in the six CDA Competency Goals and 13 Functional Areas.

III.  You may apply for the CDA Credential only if:

  • You hold a high school diploma, or equivalent.
  • You are able to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA.

Is the CDA Credential appropriate for you?

If you are a professional who fits this profile, follow the next STEPS to learn how to demonstrate your competency to the Council and earn the Credential.



- For details about the CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas and the CDA assessment process, you need to purchase a setting-specific CDA Application Packet, available under Materials You Will Need to the left.

-Essentials for Child Development Associates Working with Young Children is a comprehensive curriculum for the preparation of CDAs. To purchase one, follow the link under Materials You Will Need.

- We encourage you to use the Council's secure online bookstore to purchase publications. However, for telephone, fax, or mail order instructions, you may use the Order Form.

- Under exceptional circumstances, the Council will consider waiving certain eligibility requirements if an individual provides a written explanation and supporting documentation for the request. All such requests must be sent directly to the Council before submitting an Application. Waiver petitions must be documented on the Waiver Request Form.

- We encourage you to become familiar with the Code of Ethical Conduct, which exemplifies a standard of professional practice expected from every CDA. You may review the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct here.


CDA – Child Development Associate – an individual who successfully completed the CDA assessment
Competency Goal – statements of purpose or goal for the behavior of an Early Childhood Educator
Functional Area – responsibility that defines an Early Childhood Educator’s role in relation to children
NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children.  A Professional organization which promotes excellence in early childhood education visit
Code of Ethical Conduct – standards of ethical behavior developed for the profession