Earn your CDA at the Arlington Employment Center!
What is the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential?
The CDA is the most widely recognized, portable credential for early childhood education professionals. For more information about the CDA credential, visit https://www.cdacouncil.org/about/cda-credential
What are the benefits of earning the CDA?
Job seekers or job changers interested in working in early childhood education should consider earning the CDA.
Through the Child Care Initiative, Arlington County has recently revised the educational requirements for lead teachers in day care centers. Instead of requiring two years of college, lead teachers can hold a CDA credential in Arlington County.
The CDA is also considered the best first step for child care professionals looking to enhance their skills, advance their careers, and continue their education.
What are the requirements to earn a CDA credential?
In order to earn the CDA, a candidate must:
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Complete 120 hours of training
- Obtain 480 hours of work experience
- Prepare a professional portfolio
- Complete an application
- Pass an exam
- Schedule and engage in a verification visit
For more information regarding the requirements to earn a CDA credential, visit https://www.cdacouncil.org/credentials/apply-for-cda.
How can the Arlington Employment Center help clients earn a CDA?
The Arlington Employment Center offers FREE classes to prepare eligible Arlington residents for the CDA. In these classes, students complete the 120 hours of training, prepare the professional portfolio, and study for the exam. In addition, students work with our team of employment specialists to obtain the 480 hours of work experience. The Arlington Employment Center also assists students in completing the application and scheduling the exam and verification visit.
Who can take CDA classes at the Arlington Employment Center?
Arlington residents with a high school diploma or GED, work authorization, ability to pass a background check, and a high intermediate English reading and writing level are eligible to take CDA classes.
For more information regarding background checks, visit https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/children_background.cgi.
When are the CDA classes at the Arlington Employment Center?
CDA classes are offered every 3 months for 12 weeks.
Students will take three classes: CDA 1, CDA 2, and CDA 3.
Classes are held Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 9am-12pm at the Arlington Employment Center.
How do I register for CDA classes at the Arlington Employment Center?
Visit the Arlington Employment Center Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm to begin the intake and registration process. This will take about 1 hour.
How long will it take me to earn the CDA?
It will take 9 months to complete the CDA classes at the Arlington Employment Center.
Following the CDA classes at the Arlington Employment Center, students must complete their application, exam, and verification visit. Students will continue to receive support from the Arlington Employment Center throughout these processes.
For more information email Courtney Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org.