The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a widely recognized credential in early childhood education administered by the Council for Professional Development. The CDA Credential guides early child care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. Obtaining a CDA is an important accomplishment and one that develops well informed practitioners knowledgeable in child development and best practices for teaching young children.
NAEYC has published many resources that support early childhood educators in their continued learning about best practices and the latest research in the early childhood field. NAEYC was a part of the original Child Development Associate (CDA) Consortium and we proudly continue to support and encourage the CDA credential. NAEYC provides many member benefits that support teachers in their continues learning such as:
- The award winning print publication publication of your choice: five issues of Young Children or five issues of Teaching Young Children.
- 20% discount on all products in NAEYC's online store, including books, videos, brochures, posters, and more.
- Access to digital issues of Young Children, NEXT for Young Children, and Tesoros y Colores (the Spanish version of Teaching Young Children) packed with the latest developments in early childhood education, practice, and research.
- Reduced registration fees for NAEYC-sponsored conferences and training opportunities, including the world's largest early education conference.
- Membership in your local and state NAEYC Affiliate.
For more information on obtaining your CDA visit the Council for Professional Recognition website.
To support your continued learning, become an NAEYC member!