Continuing Education for Childcare Personnel

Child Development Associate (CDA 2.0)


Child Development Associates (CDAs) are skilled caregivers with demonstrated ability to work with newborn through five-year-old children, infant and toddler or preschool children and their families. Some are center-based caregivers, while others are family day care providers. If you are interested in becoming a CDA, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges can provide you with the required training. For more information, please contact Gale Roeder, Associate Director, Family & Consumer Sciences, Continuing Education, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, IA 52801 or call (563) 336-3444 or toll-free 1-800-850-5440. Essentials 2.0 for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children (approximately $66) and CDA Assessment Packet ($34) are the textbooks used for all components of the CDA program.

College Credit is available through an articulation agreement with Scott Community College, Clinton Community College and Muscatine Community College. Students who have successfully completed the Child Development Associate Credential by completing their course work through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Continuing Education Division, successfully completed the portfolio, work experience and Credentialing Examination may be eligible to receive up to 17 hours of college credit towards a degree at Scott Community College, Clinton Community College or Muscatine Community College.


A Child Development Associate (CDA) is a person who is able to meet the specific needs of children and who, with parents and other adults, works to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.

- Council for Professional Recognition

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Eastern Iowa Community Colleges CDA program is for experienced child caregivers or those who want to enter the field. The program includes 120 hours of class work plus 480 hours of field experience, all designed to give you the background to provide quality, professional child care. When you complete the program, you will be eligible to take the CDA national credentialing assessment.

Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years old and have earned your high school diploma or GED/HSET.
CDA Assessment Packet: $34
Textbook: Essentials for Child Development Associates $66

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CDA I: INTRO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Early childhood development is an emerging profession. Find out if you've got what it takes to be part of it. Assess your aptitudes and interests and the career opportunities the early childhood profession provides. Approved for 1.0 CEU for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials 2.0 for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $34


CDA II: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Course work covers basic development concepts, normal developmental characteristics of children, appropriate activities and expectations for children at various ages, observation and recording children's behavior. Approved for 2.0 CEU for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials 2.0 for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69


CDA III: SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

It is important to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for children in their early years. This course will show you how. Approved for 2.0 CEU for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials 2.0 for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69


CDA IV: SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Acquire the knowledge and skills to support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance to children. Approved for 2.0 CEUs for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69


CDA V: ADVANCING PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL COMPETENCE

This class will help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to advance the physical, cognitive, communicative and creative competence of young children. Approved for 2.0 CEUs for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials 2.0 for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69 


CDA VI: ESTABLISH PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to establish positive and productive relationships with families of program participants. Approved for 2.0 CEUs for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69


CDA VII: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

This class will teach you how to maintain an effective well-run, purposeful program which is responsive to participant needs. Approved for 2.0 CEU for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $69 


CDA VIII: ASSESSMENT PREPARATION

This class is in preparation for the final assessment for CDA credentialing. It includes parent questionnaires, resource files, and a personal interview with a council representative. Approved for 1.0 CEU for Child Care Providers. (Required text: Essentials for Child Development Associates: Working With Young Children, Approx. $66) Cost: $34

CDA CREDENTIALING ASSESSMENT

After you have completed the CDA training program, you are eligible to take the CDA national credentialing assessment, given by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.
The fee for the assessment is $425. (Assistance for this fee may be available)

For more information, contact:
Gale Roeder, Associate Director
Family and Consumer Sciences, Continuing Education
306 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa 52801
(563) 336-3444 or toll-free 1-800-850-5440