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Child Development Associate

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Programs, Advancement Opportunities and Employer Information


Here at the Training Fund, we offer a number of options for individuals looking to start out on their Early Childhood Education (ECE) career pathway, or advance further along the career pathway.

The Child Development Associate Credential™ or "CDA" is the most widely recognized credential in ECE, and is the first major stepping stone on the path of career advancement for many teachers. The nationally-transferable CDA is recognized by the ECE profession across the United States as a vital part of professional development.

The Training Fund also has options for our CDA employer partners looking for professional development opportunities for themselves and their employees.

Please click on the green boxes below to find more information about our CDA and ECE programming. 

Please contact Mark Karcz at (215) 568-2220 or email

  • Individuals Interested in CDA Training
    Individuals Without Their CDA Who Are Interested in CDA Training

    If you are not currently working in childcare or are working in childcare but need to earn your CDA (Child Development Associate) credential, please click here. You will find information about our low-cost CDA Training programs.


  • Current & Former CDA Students
    Current and Former District 1199C Training Fund CDA Students

    Here you will find information about how we may be able to help you with career and financial coaching and new job or volunteer opportunities.

  • For Employers
    For Employers of Current CDA Students or Recent Graduates, or Seeking CDA-Credentialed Teachers

    Employers will find information about how the Training Fund may be able to help.