The Child Development Credential is a Nationally recognized credential for Early Childhood Educators. Each state has their own set of state requirements for childcare providers education requirements. In Maryland, we have the 90 Hour Preschool Courses or the 45 Infant- Toddler Course to certify our lead teachers. If you leave Maryland, other states often may not accept these courses for lead teacher certification. Those who hold a CDA in Infants-Toddler meet Maryland’s Lead Infant/Toddler education requirements and those with a CDA setting meet Maryland’s Preschool Lead Teacher Education requirements.
The CDA is a great track for those who have college degrees but still need the Infant Toddler Certification or an Elementary Education certified teacher looking to get lead preschool certification.
Meeting state lead teacher qualifications are not the only perk to obtaining a CDA.
Benefits of a CDA:
- Educators report renewed confidence in themselves as educators
- Recognized nationally
- Marketing tool for prospective families – Gain Parents’ Confidence
- Organized resources to help support the unique needs of children and families
- Potentially earn college credits for your CDA (see your local community college for details)
- Professional Growth
- Increased Pay
- Better Job Opportunities
AND CHECK THIS OUT! Maryland Department of Education is currently offering CDA funding to help cover the cost of your CDA Competency Statement Book, which is required for your CDA, as well as the CDA application fee. For more information on how to access the Maryland Child Development Credential Funding check out this link: https://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/for-providers-training/CDA. The grant DOES not cover the cost of training that is needed for to apply; however, the Maryland Advanced Workforce Grant provides up to $400 per year in training vouchers or tuition reimbursement per year for all providers a level 2 or high in the Maryland Credentialing Program. If you need training hours, I would be happy to help.