Reimagining the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ Process
Reimagining the CDA®
The Council for Professional Recognition has embarked on a change initiative focusing on providing the best experience for our stakeholders as they engage with our processes and systems. We have taken the past year to reflect upon how our community engage with us in the current application process to earn the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential. The Council is committed to providing a seamless customer experience to all stakeholders. This change initiative will not change the CDA® credential. The credential that you know as being the most recognized ECE credential globally will remain unchanged. The CDA® credential is now in the hands of nearly 1 million educators. Now more than ever, we need to increase the number of highly-qualified CDA educators to provide our youngest learners with the best start in life. Reimagining the CDA process will focus on delivering candidate-centric technology and systems to engage each person seeking to earn their CDA.
The Council’s mission is to provide all children with quality educators in the early years. We understand that efficient systems and processes lead to excellent services and superior outcomes for children, families and educators.
Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., the Council’s CEO, says, “The pandemic has renewed our appreciation of the dedication and hard work of early childhood educators who earn and renew their CDA — I call them superheroes!
“Now is the time to ensure we’re doing all we can to provide candidates an efficient, seamless and hassle-free process. It’s important because we always want to provide our youngest learners with the best start in life, and that’s why we’re implementing these enhancements. The world needs more of these superheroes who give young children the best possible start in life.”
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Being a PD Specialist allows me to share my expertise and genuine love of early childhood education. Being a PD Specialist is my Occupassion!
- Sherilynn Kimble, PD Specialist
I had been working with children for about three years when I was given the opportunity to obtain my CDA. During the process I was able to gain so much knowledge about all aspects of caring for chil...
- Tanesha Sanders, Texas
I started working at the University of Dubuque Childcare Center in October of 2009. I was hired as a floater to work with three age groups, Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. In August of 2010, I was assign...
- Rhonda Baule, Iowa
The great thing about having a CDA is that it is a national certification. I started in Florida and then moved to Louisiana where it was recognized and did help me in finding a job at the local Child ...
- Kendra Barnes, Louisiana
Starting a new job in the childcare arena was exciting! I knew that I enjoyed working with children, and it was a great opportunity to stay at home with my daughter. One year turned into two, and befo...
- Traci McNeil, Ohio
I am an Assistant VPK Teacher with a local childcare group. I had a director who encouraged me to get my CDA. My short journey had begun. I, too, was a little hesitant and fearful of failing when I sa...
- Gloria Williams, Florida
It is well worth it. When I received my Certificate for my Nationals in the mail, I cried I was so happy. I would also like to Thank my Director and my Assistant Director for really supporting me.
- Donna Hayes, Florida