Registration opens for summer Child Development Associate course

April 21, 2023


SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College will offer a course this summer that is designed to prepare students for jobs and careers in childcare and early childhood education.

The Child Development Associate program is a non-credit course that covers all the fundamentals of child growth and development. Students enrolled in the CDA program will earn 120 required hours to apply for their CDA credential, CDA exam preparation and assistance with a required professional portfolio. 

The course will run from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from June 27 to Aug. 15. It will be offered at the college’s Malone, Saranac Lake, and Ticonderoga campuses, and will include both in-person and live online instruction. The course will be taught by Kathleen Dowd-Maloney, chair of the college’s Human Services program, and Dr. Kelli Ann Rodriguez, chair of the Social Sciences department.

“Early childhood professionals play a vital role for children, families and our North Country communities,” said Dowd-Maloney. “Offering this program will support this essential workforce and ensure families have access to high-quality childcare opportunities.”

To enroll in the program, you must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, be currently employed, or routinely volunteer, in a state-licensed early childhood setting, or work with infants/toddlers, pre-school children, or at a family home day care.

Scholarship funds are available to help cover the cost of the course.

The CDA program is generously supported by Generous Acts and the Birth to Three Alliance funds at the Adirondack Foundation – a force for good that pools gifts from generous donors who love the Adirondack region and care about our communities. Adirondack Foundation enhances the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy. To learn more, visit

For more information on the CDA course, or to register, visit or call 888-TRY-NCCC.