Since 1998, the Child Care Resource Center has been offering the Child Development Associate (or CDA) credentialing class and we continue to be the only provider of in-person classes in our region today. The CDA is an internationally recognized, entry-level credential sponsored by the Council for Professional Recognition (www.cdacouncil.org), and gives educators the qualifications they need to become directors and leaders in the Virginia child care community.
For the 2019/20 course year, the CDA class is offered at:
- Lynchburg area – class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- Location & classroom: Central Virginia Community College (CVCC), Merritt Hall Room 5142.
Graduation will be July 25, 2020
Class Meeting Date
|September 5||Course Overview|
|September 19||Module 1|
|October 17||Module 2|
|November 21||Module 3|
|December 19||Module 4|
|January 9||Module 5|
|February 6||Module 6|
|March 5||Module 7|
|March 19||Module 8|
|April 16||Module 9|
|May 21||Module 10|
|June 4||Module 11|
|June 18||Module 12|
|July 2||Module 13|
Program Details & FAQs
Your program will focus on one of three settings aligned with the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, which you will select when you enroll. Choose from:
- Infant/Toddler Center-Based CDA
- Preschool Center-Based CDA
- Family Day Home CDA
Your books will be ordered according to the age group you choose.
The CDA class is open to anyone who demonstrates the ability to meet physical, social, emotional, self-help, and cognitive needs of children in their care, and can work effectively with family members and other adults to nurture children’s development. Participants must be over age 18, and must have completed high school or received a GED.
Participants in this class must already be working in an early childhood setting, or able to volunteer in an early childhood setting on a regular basis.
Two individual classroom observations will be provided to you:
- The first visit occurs when class begins, so you and your instructor have a jumping-off point for your personalized learning experience.
- Another assessment will be completed when you finish the course, so you and your instructor will see how far you have come in the development of your professional skills.
Required knowledge assessments will be graded by the instructor, who will be accessible to you throughout each month for guidance and support, as you need it.
Assignments will be reviewed by the instructor, and must be completed before the instructor can sign off on them.
The HumanKind CCRC’s CDA class will give you the 120 hours of learning you are required to have to take your CDA exam, and along the way, will also give you education about brain development, different types of curricula, and ideas on how to support childrens’ learning in the most developmentally appropriate way.
This class does not confer the CDA credential. Completion of the CDA exam, administered by the CDA Council is required.
The cost for this course is $545, which can be paid over the course of 4 or 9 months. $115 of the $545 is due at the time of registration, to cover the cost of the three required books ordered by the facilitator, and the cost of CEUs.
Please see our payment plan for further information.
Class is limited to 30 students.