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Child Development Associate

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Opportunities

The CDA is a credential that early childhood educators can earn to demonstrate certain competencies and, in turn, can help them advance their careers. Our CDA educators know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children.
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FREE CDA Training Program!

You must enroll no later than August 21st for our fall cohort in September 2020!

Free online CDA cohort funded by ECE PDO at PHMC. Courses will be held once per week and one Saturday each month. This program is a direct pathway to our ECE Apprenticeship program!

Entrance Requirements

  • Employed as a Child Care Worker or Family Provider in a Keystone Stars child care setting to qualify for the costs of the CDA credentialing process.
  • Work in a center that is licensed and in good standing with DHS.
  • Able to provide recent PA Child Abuse, PA State Criminal Background Check, FBI Clearances.
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency.
  • Reliable computer or tablet with Internet access to access Zoom meetings and complete assignments

You must attend an online information session and complete the application below.

For questions, contact Sherki Cohen at (215) 532-9341 ext. 3, or email

Please visit The Pennsylvania Key to find other available training opportunities.


For former CDA Students in BCO Programs:

Contact Erika Shearlds-Hill or Nate Dixon