What is "CDA" in child care?


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"CDA" stands for Child Development Association. CDA certification is a national credential offered by National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. State requirements vary for childcare workers, but this national CDA certification is portable across state lines and offers increased employment options.

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To become a candidate for CDA certification, one must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. Early childhood education and experience and successful completion of a certification exam are also required to earn a CDA. Even in states where CDA certification is not required to work in a childcare setting, the training involved may meet state-mandated training for workers.

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