Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Tracker
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. The CDA provides a foundation for building the essential competencies needed by entry-level early childhood professionals. The CDA process can take about 3 to 6 months to complete and includes multiple steps, such as earning 120 instructional hours, gaining 480 hours of work experience, developing a professional portfolio, an observation by a designated Professional Development (PD) Specialist, and demonstrating content knowledge through a CDA exam.
PDIS offers the CDA Credential Tracker to support early childhood professionals in tracking their progress towards earning the CDA. Early childhood professionals who are employed at a licensed child development facility in the District of Columbia (DC) can earn the 120 hours of instruction required for the CDA online via Quorum.