CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program

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You Have More Time

Due to recent events, the Council is extending the deadline for the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program to December 31, 2021. We hope this extension will help ease your concerns and allow you the additional time you need to take advantage of this opportunity. Please stay safe and continue to follow CDC recommendations.

This year the Council is celebrating 45 years of the CDA®! As part of the celebration, the Council is offering a limited-time CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program. This program allows anyone with a CDA® credential expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, an opportunity to complete the renewal process and make their credential active again.

  • Expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010
  • Must meet all current renewal requirements
  • Apply online using YourCouncil (click here to learn how to access your account)

The program is available from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. All applications and payments ($125) must be submitted online by December 31, 2021. No exceptions or extensions will be granted.

Start preparing today by downloading the free CDA® Renewal Procedures Guide available on the Council’s website. The CDA® Renewal Procedures Guide provides detailed information about the renewal requirements. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to obtain the requirements needed to take advantage of this limited-time opportunity.

NOTE: If you have already mailed a new initial application because your credential expired, you must proceed with the initial application process.

  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Continued professional development
  • Reinforce your commitment to the early childhood profession
  • National recognition as a holder of the only competency-based early childhood credential

What is the Renewal Amnesty Program?

The Renewal Amnesty program is a limited-time opportunity for candidates who allowed their CDA® credential expire to complete the renewal process. Anyone with a credential expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, is eligible to renew under this program.


How long will this program run?

January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET).


My credential expired in 2008, but I had a two-year grace period to renew. My grace period ended in 2010. Am I eligible to renew under the Renewal Amnesty Program?

To be eligible to renew under the Renewal Amnesty Program your credential expiration date can be as far back as January 1, 2010. This does not include the two-year grace period. The two-year grace period is not an extension of your credential expiration date.


Why should I renew now after so many years?

The Council recognizes the need for additional CDA holders in many states as local and state governments and agencies enacted or are considering policies that require a CDA early childhood education certification for early childhood educators. The Renewal Amnesty Program is one way to help quickly meet this increased demand for CDA credentialed early childhood educators.


I no longer work in the early childhood field but would like to renew my credential. Can I still renew?

Even if you no longer work in the early childhood field, you can still renew your credential if you are able to fulfill all of the renewal requirements. This will require you to make arrangements to work/volunteer working with children. Your work with children must be current (within the past year) and be in the same setting and age group of the credential you are trying to renew.


Can I receive an extension if I will not meet all the renewal requirements by December 31, 2021?

The Renewal Amnesty Program was announced in August 2019 to allow candidates time to obtain any renewal requirements before the launch of the program on January 1, 2020. The program ends December 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET), no exceptions or extensions will be granted.


How old can my training be?

Training must have been taken after the issue date of the most current credential but cannot be older than five years old (whichever is the least amount of time).

Training taken prior to 2015 for the renewal amnesty will not be accepted under any circumstances.

ACCEPTABLE AMNESTY TRAINING DATES
(INITIAL AND RENEWAL CREDENTIALS)

Credential Expiration Date Eligible for Amnesty? Eligible Training Dates
Jan 1, 2020-Feb 28, 2020 Yes Jan 1, 2017-present
Jan 1, 2019-Dec 31,2019 Yes Jan 1, 2016-present
Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31,2018 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2017-Dec 31,2017 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2016-Dec 31,2016 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2015-Dec 31,2015 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2014-Dec 31,2014 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2013-Dec 31,2013 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2012-Dec 31,2012 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2011-Dec 31,2011 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present
Jan 1, 2010-Dec 31,2010 Yes Jan 1, 2015-present

Can my training be waived?

None of the renewal requirements can be waived. In order to renew under the Renewal Amnesty Program, you must meet all current renewal requirements (see Renewal Procedures Guide).


Why can I only apply online when in the past I was able to apply via paper?

To be eligible to participate in the Renewal Amnesty you must apply online. The process is faster, easier, and more efficient. By limiting the Renewal Amnesty Program to online submissions only, the Council can provide better customer service to the CDA community.


Last week, I was told I had to send in a paper application and pay $150. Now this week, an online application is acceptable, and the fee is cheaper. Can I apply online now?

If you have not mailed your paper renewal application and you are now eligible for the Renewal Amnesty Program, you may apply online and pay the online fee of $125.

If you have already mailed your paper renewal application and $150 payment, processing of the application and payment cannot be stopped. You must proceed with the paper renewal application process. You will not be eligible for a refund.


I just submitted $425 to reapply for an initial credential because I missed my renewal date. Can I be reimbursed?

If you have mailed or submitted a new initial application because you missed your renewal deadline date you must proceed with the initial application process. Processing of the application and payment cannot be stopped. You are not eligible for a refund.


How can I check the status of my application?

You will receive automated emails from info@yourcouncil.org regarding the status of your renewal application. Be sure o place this email address on your “safe list” to ensure the emails are not blocked or sent you your junk/spam folder.

Log into your account periodically to check the status of your application. You also will be able to access your Message History in your account in the case that you do not receive the automated emails sent your email address.


I submitted a renewal application last year, but my application was closed because I did not submit additional documentation that was requested from me. Can I continue the renewal process under the Renewal Amnesty?

If you qualify to renew under the renewal amnesty, you must submit a new renewal application and payment. Your old renewal record cannot be opened.


How do I create an online account in YourCouncil?

As a renewal Candidate, you already have an existing account in YourCouncil. You do not need to create a new account. To access your account:

Click here for instructions on how to access your account.


What is the processing timeframe for my renewal application?

Processing time is usually 2-3 business days but can take up to 10 business days. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Processing times may vary and are dependent on many variables, including volume of applications received. We anticipate that the Renewal Amnesty Program will cause an increase in renewal applications.

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