Obtaining Your CDA

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.


CDA Tracker


Below is a screenshot of the CDA Tracker:

CDA Tracker



Resources for Earning Your CDA

Face-to-Face Resources

E-learning Resources

DC early education professionals can utilize Quorum to obtain the 120 coursework hours needed to attain the CDA, for free! Follow-up with your Center Director/Owner for registration. To contact Quorum directly, email registrar@Qassist.com or call (404) 325-2225

For information on additional CDA programs, please navigate to www.osse.dc.gov/eceresources and click on Assistant Teacher, Home Caregiver, or Associate Home Caregiver.