Agenda for Children

Enhanced CDA Course

Agenda for Children's Enhanced Child Development Associate (CDA) Program is an innovative approach to the CDA. Our dedicated coach/teachers teach the CDA classes, as well as provide coaching in participants' classrooms and ongoing support after the course ends. The new course is aligned to CLASS and GOLD, so course graduates will be set up for success in the new rating system. There are plenty of hands-on activities, so you can put what you learn in class into practice and get feedback from your coach/teacher. 

School Year Enhanced CDA Course

Applications due August 18, 2017!

The School Year CDA course is a free year long course designed for early childhood educators who are eligible for a Pathways scholarship. If you work for a Type III center, have earned fewer than 80 clock hours of training in early childhood education and have not previously received a Pathways scholarship for a CDA, you may be eligible for a Pathways scholarship. Classes will be held throughout the fall and spring, one evening per week from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on occasional Saturdays, from 9:00 – 4:00. Applications are now being accepted. Deadline for submission of applications is August 18, 2017. 


All participants will be eligible to receive a stipend if they successfully complete the course and attain a CDA credential. 

How to Apply

Download the application and return it to Agenda for Children by August 18, 2017. You can download the application in either Word format or PDF format

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About the CDA Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is one of the ways that teachers can qualify for an Ancillary Certificate, which will be required of all Lead Teachers in Type III centers by 2019. The CDA is designed to make sure that teachers have a solid foundation in early childhood education, both in terms of knowledge and practical experience. CDA candidates need at least 120 clock hours of training in early childhood education (in specific topic areas) and at least 480 hours of classroom experience. Candidates must also complete a professional portfolio, receive an observation from a professional development specialist and pass the CDA exam. Visit the Council on Professional Recognition's web site to learn more about the CDA. You can also visit our Ancillary Certificate information page to learn more about Ancillary Certificates, including who is required to have one and how to get one. Agenda for Children is a BESE-approved provider. 


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