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Child Development Associate (CDA) Training

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. For more information please visit


FREE CDA Training Program!

Free online CDA cohort funded by ECE PDO at PHMC. New cohorts coming Spring 2021! This program is a direct pathway to our ECE Apprenticeship program!

If you are interested in our upcoming Spring Cohort 2021, please complete the form below and join us for our Spring Cohort Meet & Greet on March 24th at 6 pm.

Once you complete our interest form below, you will receive further details and instructions about our upcoming cohort by March 1st. We look forward to having you join us!


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
 For more information, contact our coordinator Sherki Cohen at

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