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 CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards and includes an assessment process by the Council for Professional Recognition; 2460 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009; (800) 424-4310; www.cdacouncil.org.

The CDA credential, 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 (QRS), and is part of achieving some accreditation standards. CDA credentials have been awarded around the country since 1971 and over 420,000 credentials have been granted.