Some typical child care classes in a Child Development Associate, or CDA, credential program are Nutrition for Young Children, Child Development and Guidance, Discipline in Child Care, Infant Safety and Social-Emotional Development in Small Children. Some courses in a CDA curriculum that teach business skills to child care professionals are Basic Bookkeeping for Care Givers, Improving Staff Performance, Money Management, Conferencing with Parents and Staffing Solutions for Early Childhood Facilities.
CDA programs for child care providers, home visitors and parents are typically offered for different settings such as center-based, family child care and home visitor. A center-based credential program is for childcare professionals working in commercial settings, and there are separate infant and toddler center and preschool center programs. A family child care program is for a caregiver who works in a residential home setting. A home visitor program is for a person who makes home visits or works in a program that teaches parenting skills.
A child care professional applying for CDA certification must complete 120 hours of formal child care training that includes a minimum of 10 hours of training in each of eight subject areas outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition. Examples of these subject areas are planning a safe and healthy learning environment, advancing children’s physical and intellectual development, and supporting children’s social and emotional development.