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Child Development Associate

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

If you don't meet the requirements for the programs we are currently offering please visit The Pennsylvania Key to find available training.

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. 

Questions? Please see green boxes below for who to contact. 

  • West Philadelphia CDA

    This program is currently full and not accepting students at this time. Childcare workers may be able to find other CDA courses by going to The Pennsylvania PD Registry.

    Beginning in August 2019, in partnership with West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Drexel, and Action for Early Learning, we are offering a CDA class at the Dornsife Center in West Philadelphia. In order to be eligible for these classes, you must be a current childcare worker who lives and/or works in the following West Philadelphia zip codes: 19104, 19131, 19139, 19142, 19143, 19151, 19153.

  • Free CDA Training for Qualifying Philadelphia Residents!

    To be eligible for the Vocational Skills Training CDA Program, you must be unemployed or underemployed and registered with the PA CareerLink®. The CDA program is 5 months long and is designed to help you earn a CDA credential, a necessary step toward career advancement for those interested in working with young children. It prepares participants for work with infants and toddlers, or in early childhood education and preschools.

    Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-3:30pm at the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund. The Class course work is 120 hours (3 months) and then you will be doing an internship and that will be 480 hours.

    You will obtain your CPR/ First aide certification through us along with training in OSHA, Mental Health, Fire Safety, and Mandated Reporting.

    You will be able to register for an information session beginning on June 3. Please come back!

    Please contact Renee Orgill at


  • Current & Former CDA Students

    Current and Former District 1199C Training Fund CDA Students who were enrolled in BCO (2016-present)

    Contact Erika Shearlds-Hill or Nate Dixon