Child Development Associate Training

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The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a National Credentialing program that provides education and training to individuals interested in working within the early childhood field. It is a comprehensive program that encompasses all aspects of the fundamentals of child growth and development. Students enrolled in the CDA program at NCCC will earn 120 required hours to apply for the CDA credential, CDA exam preparation and assistance with a required professional portfolio. 



Dr. Kelli Rodriguez, PsyD

Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Chair of Social Sciences Dept.

COURSE DATES: Weekly on Thursday -- from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; beginning May 23rd and ending August 15th. The course will be live online and in-person on all campuses.


To enroll in this program, you must: 

  • Be eighteen years or older 
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Be currently employed, or routinely volunteer, in a state-licensed early childhood setting 
  • Work with infants/toddlers, pre-school, or family home day care


Any time before you apply to the Council for the Initial CDA Application and Assessment, you must:

  • Create an account with the CDA Council at
  • Be 18 years of age or older and hold a high school diploma or GED or be enrolled as a junior or senior in a high school career and technical program in early childhood education.
  • Complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training in the required subject areas.


Scholarships are available!

Educational Incentive Program: this is a scholarship for students who choose credit bearing courses. 

This program is generously supported by Generous Acts and the Birth to Three Fund at the Adirondack Foundation. The Foundation works to enhance the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy.