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What is the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a nationally recognized credential earned by those working in the early care and education field. The credential is based on a core set of competency standards and includes an assessment process by the Council for Professional Recognition: www.cdacouncil.org.

The CDA credential is a recognized part of child care regulations in Iowa and across the country, is a way to earn points on Iowa's Quality Rating System (IQ4K), and is part of achieving some accreditation standards. 

Candidate Eligibility:

How to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

Cost and Financial Support

The assessment fee is $425. T.E.A.C.H. offers scholarships to help with this fee. 

For more information

View the Simple Steps to Earning a CDA™ Overview.


CDA Renewal

CDA credentials are valid for 3 years from the award date. The CDA Credential may only be renewed for original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization. CDA Renewal Procedures Guides can be downloaded on the Council's website.