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Getting Your CDA

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential through the Council for Professional Recognition is a nationally awarded and recognized credential in the field of early care and education. Focusing on the skills of professionals in the early care and education field, the CDA program is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment and a credential for child care center staff, family child care providers and home visitors.

As Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Network, thread provides support to early educators interested in obtaining a CDA through advising and training. thread training is accepted by the Council for Professional Recognition. Not all early childhood training in the community will count towards the CDA Credential. Please contact your regional thread office if you have questions about a specific training opportunity.

For more information on the benefits of earning a CDA, the process, and the cost, please visit the Council for Professional Recognition's website at cdacouncil.org.

How Can thread Help Me?

thread staff is available to assist professionals in the early care and education field to obtain a CDA Credential by:

  • Advising on eligibility and the process
  • Reviewing training documentation to determine if it will be accepted by the Council for Professional Recognition and to assist with organization of the training by the eight CDA subject areas to ensure the minimum training requirements are met
  • Providing documentation for licensing variances regarding the status of training hour completion and/or the requirement involved
  • Conducting Verification Visits by approved thread staff as part of the assessment process
  • Financial support to pay for the CDA application fee directly to the Council for Professional Recognition

Bilingual CDA

The Council for Professional Recognition offers CDA Competency Standards Books and assessment in Spanish for early educators working in a bilingual program. To learn more about the CDA credentialing process in Spanish, visit the Council for Professional Recognition's website. For CDA candidates wishing to get a bilingual credential in a language other than Spanish, please contact The Council for Professional Recognition.

CDA Renewal

A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the date of award. A candidate can apply to renew his or her CDA Credential up to 6 months prior to the expiration date. To learn more about the CDA Credential renewal process, visit the Council for Professional Recognition's website.

For more information on the CDA, please contact the Council for Professional Recognition at (800) 424-4310 or www.cdacouncil.org, or contact your local thread office.


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Pathways to Professionalism Award (P2P) FY2017


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P2P - How to Request CDA Application Fee to Be Paid by Check

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