The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a nationally recognized credential earned by those working in the early care and education field. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards and includes an assessment process by:

Council for Professional Recognition
2460 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(800) 424-4310
www.cdacouncil.org

The CDA credential, a recognized part of child care regulations in Iowa, is a way to earn points on Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS) and is part of achieving some accreditation standards.


Initial Steps in Preparing for CDA

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Professional Education – 120 clock hours, including 10 hours in each of the 8 CDA subject areas
  • Work experience – 480 hours in targeted age setting for CDA  credential earning
  • Order Competency Standards book for appropriate setting (Infant-Toddler, Preschool, or Family Child Care) - see ordering link below
  • Family Questionnaires
  • Professional Portfolio

Benefits of CDA

  • Demonstrates competence in early childhood field
  • Enhances skills with young children
  • Nationally recognized credential
  • Increases career opportunities
  • Recognized by Iowa for quality initiatives like the QRS/IQ4K and IQPPS
  • Recommended by Head Start, NAEYC, NAFCC
  • Can be transferred for college credit at many of Iowa’s community colleges
  • Increases your confidence!

Provider Tools


CDA Resource Links

 

News


Posted by ICCRR in News on 3/19/2019

The Iowa Department of Human Services is implementing the Statewide Child Care Emergency and Response Plan

The child care services you provide are important to both families and the community. With the heavy snow fall this winter and recent rain, many counties in Iowa are experiencing flooding. We need you to let us know if your child care business has been impacted and if so, the e...
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Posted by ICCRR in News on 3/12/2019
Iowa Early Learning Standards 3rd edition Orientation is now available online.
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