Welcome to the Early Childhood CDA Help Blog!

Here is a place to ask questions or post comments about the CDA process. I will check here often to provide advice and help. I welcome others, who have gone through the process, to offer assistance as well. Be sure to click on the RSS links at the bottom of the column to your right to subscribe to posts and comments on this blog. You will receive email notifications when there are new posts and comments!


1699 Responses to “Welcome to the Early Childhood CDA Help Blog!”

    June 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    i jst wanted to know the cost of taking CDA course and its examination where is the centre for observation and project how long doe it take to complete the whole course

    • 2 zoe
      October 6, 2009 at 12:02 am

      where can i order my cda application packet

      • 3 easycda
        October 6, 2009 at 1:50 am

        You can order your application packet from the Council’s website (cdacouncil.org) or by calling 1-800-424-4310. You will need to specify your CDA setting… center-based infant/toddler or center-based preschool or family child care. The cost is about $15. + shipping.

      • August 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        I have a question,

        I am certified lead teacher in center base child care with infants to pre school age groups in MA. I also am taking college courses at a community college. I have over 9 yrs in working in childcare centers in MA but was wondering how do I go about obtaining a CDA? Also I might be lookiing to moive to WI within the next year how does this effect getting a CDA as well?


      • 5 Deb Pierce
        September 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        The CDA is a national credential, so it is accepted in all states. You should order a Competency Standards Book from the Council (1-800-424-4310 0r at http://www.cdacouncil.org) and get started. You have enough qualifications. If you need help navigating the process, get the CDA Prep Workbook from my website.

      • 6 Renee Dixon
        September 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        How many questions are allowed to miss when taking the CDA test?

      • 7 Deb Pierce
        September 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

        No one knows. Candidates never get the actual score they earned on the Exam. The points are merged with all of the other scores associated with the Verification Visit.

    • 8 Chelyn
      July 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Hey Deb… I have been in the childcare field for 18 years now. I have been a Director for 12 years. My sister owns the daycare that I work at (she doesn’t have her Director Cert). We have been offered a scholarship fully paid for to receive our CDA Certification. We would love to participate because Im sure there is tons of good information and my sister could receive her Directors Cert BUT we are very busy people and I am wondering how demanding of our time this will be. We dont want to be overwhelmed. We work full time, families with young children…. The course is for 6 months. If we do the CDA cert. we would def. purchase your binders and prep book- will that really take alot of the stress off??? Can’t stand writing essays!!! LOL
      Thanks for your input-

      • 9 easycda
        July 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm

        There is no good reason why you would NOT want to take advantage of this! As you know from being in the profession for all these years, there is always something new to learn about young children! You can only get better at what you do. Make sure the “CDA certification” they are offering is for the national CDA credential, and not some state of local certificate that will only be recognized in your state. And yes, the Prep Guide and binder will definitely help with the stress… just go back in this blog and read what others have said ;o)
        Good luck and keep us posted!

      • 10 Chelyn
        August 3, 2010 at 4:38 am

        Hey Deb! Another question! We live in Texas and my sister and I are thinking about participating in the CDA Program here in Texas. I have a non-expiring Directors cert. that I do not have to renew but this CDA Cert will help my sister become a Director soooooo our question is, how often do the CDA Cert have to be renewed???

      • 11 easycda
        August 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

        Chelyn, First of all, the national CDA is a credential, not a certificate. Make sure your sister is getting the right one. The first renewal is after 3 years and every renewal after that is 5 years. It must continue to be renewed for life. Deb

    • February 6, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Deb. I live in Florida. I want to know the difference between FCCPC and National FCCPC. I’m assuming that the FCCPC is just for the state of Florida and the National FCCPC I will be able to teach anywhere??? Is this correct. Anything else you can tell me would be great!

    • 15 Carmel
      July 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

      I have a question. How do I , as a child care provider, meet the CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas?

      • 16 Deb Pierce
        July 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        It appears you are confused about what the Competency Goals and Functional Areas are. The CDA has a child care professional measure her performance in her program against national standards. You need to have been working in child care for at least 480 hours before applying for a CDA. For more information about the requirements and the entire CDA process, you can order an application packet from the Council and also be sure to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide from my website: easycda.com

    • 17 Brittany cooper
      October 20, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Hi..I am getting ready to renew my CDA i have some questions..my cda is for preschool do i have to take preschool workshops or can they just be early child hood?? like infants and toddlers…or does it just have to be preschool and thats it

      • 18 Deb Pierce
        October 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Your renewal training can be just early childhood topics of any sort. I would suggest child development.

    • 19 Griselda
      August 23, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Hi deb I want to ask you , if I can still renew my cda after ten years , I just been so busy and never got to it I know it’s no excuse or any reason for letting so much time pass by I wish I had not wasted so much time , I have been working in child care for 11years and I would love to continue with further education on child care any information would be helpful, thank you I hope it’s not too late 😦

      • 20 Deb Pierce
        August 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Ooops! Too late! A CDA must be renewed every 3 years. What I would do now is start working on an Associates degree in early childhood. You can probably get scholarships to pay for most of it, depending on your state.

    • 21 Shisheria M Scott-Rankins
      January 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Who can we contact here in the Mobile, Al area for assistance with looking over our transcripts and hours for determining what or if we need any further hours for a CDA?

      • 22 Deb Pierce
        February 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

        You might contact someone at your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency to look over your transcripts. You need courses that cover all of the 13 CDA Functional Areas.

  2. June 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Since there are a variety of ways you can acquire the 120 clock hours of training required for a CDA, the cost also varies. You can get the training from a trainer, through online courses, or at a college, earning college credits. I would say a rough estimate would be around $300.00. Then, you’ll need to pay a $325. application fee for the CDA credential. However, in many states, if you are working at least 30 hours a week in child care, you can take advantage of the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, which will pay for the majority of your training and the application fee. You might want to check this out. It generally takes about a year to earn a CDA.

    • 24 Dil
      May 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

      HI Deb iam doing my cad please i need help with competency goal 1 to put together,can you please give some ideas.thank you.Dil

      • 25 easycda
        May 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm

        This would depend on your specific setting and the particular group of children you work with. Have you had a chance to take a look at The CDA Prep Guide? This book helps you write each of the Competency Goals, step-by-step. It’s like having your own personal coach right there as you write them! You can see this on the website at easycda.com.

  3. June 23, 2008 at 7:13 pm


    You should check first if your state had T.E.A.C.H. Also another avenue if it doesnt have this program is to check a local agency such as a resource and referral or Department of Human Services to see if they offer scholarships. You can also apply prior trainings, as long as they are in early childhood field and you have a certificate of hours, and they are within 5 years. You will also need to pay for an advisor (qualified one) to conduct a formal observation which these fees vary amongst advisors generally 45.00-75.00 an hour and the formal observation is about 2-3 hours. Please email me if you have any further questions.

    • 27 Karen Saronitman
      April 28, 2012 at 1:43 am

      Cheryl, does that 5 years apply to actual ECE courses taken at a Community College? I have taken a few courses but have NOT obtained my Associates yet, and I will shortly begin the CDA process through my job. Wanted to know if any of my classes can be utilized.

      • 28 Deb Pierce
        April 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        If you are taking informal CDA classes, sometimes they will transfer in to the Community College towards your Associates degree. You will want to ask.

      • 29 erika1robyn1
        April 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Hi Deb! My question is can I roll over college ece classes that were taken over 5 years ago to my 120 hours?

      • 30 erika1robyn1
        April 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        Hi Deb, Thank you for the quick response, however it was the reverse I wanted to do, I wanted to use my ECE classes I took over 5years ago and put them towards my 120 hours.

      • 31 Deb Pierce
        May 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        If the training hours are more than 5 years old, they cannot be used towards a CDA.

  4. 32 Cherilu
    June 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I need to take the test, what are the testing dates?

  5. 33 easycda
    June 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Application deadlines for the Verification Visits are scheduled quarterly: Dec.1, March 1, June 1 and Sept. 1. So, the next one would be September for you. Once your application is approved, you could expect your Visit to be in October, November, or December… depending on volume of applications.

  6. 34 Sharae
    June 25, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I am just beginning the process of obtaining my CDA by taking the 120 hour classes online. I will really be needing the help creating the resource file and I am pretty much on my own with the place I chose to take the classes with. I will be purchasing the guide and the binder in a few days. I am SO thankful to have found out about this site. I will be here a lot over the next several months.

  7. 35 easycda
    June 26, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I’m glad you found this site, too! I hope it will be helpful to you. I will always be available to answer questions as you continue your CDA journey.

    • 36 amy
      January 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

      I’m just starting my CDA and I don’t know how to find professional contact that obtain name and numbers of agenc.ey that supple info on nutrition

      • 37 easycda
        January 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

        If you are working in a child care center, ask for the contact information of the food program they use. Or, how about your local WIC program?

  8. 38 Mary
    June 26, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    How much does an advisor cost. I am paying by myself.

  9. 39 easycda
    June 26, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    The cost can vary… from as little as $50. to over $100. If possible, try to find someone you are familiar with to be your Advisor. It cannot, of course, be a co-worker, because of a conflict of interest… but it can be someone who you know, who meets the qualifications set by the Council for a CDA Advisor. Oftentimes, an acquaintance will not charge you quite so much!

  10. 40 Linda
    July 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I am in the process of taking my CDA. I have finished my 120 hours (at home) and I am trying to complete my Professional Resource File. I am having a difficult time writing my autobiographical statement. I really don’t know what to put in it. Can you help me? Is there a website I can go to with examples of that and also the statements of competence. Any help you can give me will be great. Thanks

  11. 41 Laurie
    July 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I too have a question about the resource file. As for the Autobiography I made sure it was 500 words and just wrote about myself, family, my work experience and where I see myself in the next few years. I am putting mine together and have come to Competency Goal IV. I am having a hard time locating an Agency in my area that provides translation services for families. Can anyone give me any idea where to look?

  12. 42 Laurie
    July 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I wrote my autobiography kind of like a short story. I made sure it was only 500 words and wrote about my family, myself, work experience and where I saw myself in the next few years. I am working on competency goal IV and having a hard time finding the resources requested. I cannot find translation services for families who do not speak english. Can anyone give me a clue as to where to look?

    • 43 lina proctor
      May 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I found my translation services for families at my local legal office or what ever type of family advocacy programs that are in the area where you live. I work at military CDC.

  13. July 6, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Your Autobiography cannot be over 250 words, so you will need to cut out some excess verbiage! Somewhere in the Autobiography, be sure to describe how it was you became interested in working with young children. The Council will be looking for that. As for the agency, contact your state Family and Social Services department for help in locating such an agency.

  14. 45 Laurie
    July 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks, I found the agency on my own. I previously purchased your CDA help booklet and it says the autobiography needs to be about 300 words. Mine is 300 words, should I try to cut it down? I mistyped earlier, sorry! About how long after I send in my payment and application will it take for the Council to contact me in regards to having a representative test me and collect my information?

  15. 46 Deb
    July 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    300 is fine. You should hear from a Council Rep within a few weeks of sending in your application form, especially if you sent it in somewhere near the application deadline.

  16. July 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I wrote on another blog and cannot find it now. My question was, if I were to get rid of the flashcards, preschool program, and worksheets as suggested in the cda prep guide book. Can you suggest any reading material that I can get to help me develop a better understand as to what type of teaching that I can do besides the preschool program I am doing?

  17. 48 easycda
    July 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I would strongly suggest some of the books I have listed on the website (www.easycda.com) on the Suggested Reading page… especially Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which will be a good start. Are you working on a CDA? If so, you will probably learn much through your 120 clock hours of training. If not, this would be a good investment for you and your professional practice. May I also suggest the CDA Prep Guide (see info on the website), which provides developmentally appropriate guidelines for preschool classrooms, which are basic to licensing, accreditation, and necessary for earning a CDA credential.

  18. July 9, 2008 at 11:19 am

    After I posted the question I did run into the books. I do plan to buy one. I had ordered the CDA Prep Guide months ago and recently received it. IT IS FULL OF INFO!!! I have not started the CDA but I do get 150-200 hours each year through Childcare Education Institute. I am going to start on it soon after I mold my daycare into the way it should be. Thanks for your help!

  19. 50 Deb
    July 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    You’re welcome and good luck on your CDA!

  20. 51 val
    July 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I just purchased my book..Im going to start taking the courses..I have found a couple of websites offering courses..my question is the courses be from different source..example some from childcare institute..some from Care Courses…also Im pretty sure I need certain amount of hours from certain categories..How will I know if I am taking the right courses?


  21. 52 easycda
    July 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    I am assuming that you bought the Application Packet from the Council. In it is your CDA booklet… it would be either blue or yellow, or green, depending on your setting. In that booklet is a listing of subject areas that must be covered by your training. You must have at least 10 clock hours of training in each of the areas. Wherever you decide to get your training, be sure to have it confirmed that the training hours from the source you choose are accepted by the CDA Council in Washington, DC. If you are unsure, call the Council and ask (1800-424-4310).

  22. 53 val
    July 15, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Thanks..I meant I purchased your help booklet..Im not sure when I need to purchase the application..should this be done before I start taking courses..also do all the courses need to come from the same program or can I take different ones from different sources..like Care Courses, Child Care Education Institute and Better Kids Care..

    thanks again

  23. 54 jasmine davis
    July 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I wanted to know if you can help me i started my CDA and i need of some help finding the 6 steps of the competence goal and the resource collection can you please help me out.

  24. 55 easycda
    July 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    You should go ahead and order the Application Packet. It contains information you will need. You can take courses from different sources, as long as you make sure you have all the subject areas covered, and they all are accepted by the Council.

  25. 56 easycda
    July 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    You, too, need to order the Application Packet from the Council. It lists all the Competency Goal Statements and the Resource Collection items. You can order this by calling the Council at 1-800-424-4310, or it can be ordered on their website (cdacouncil.org) I will tell you, however, that a listing is all you will get from the Council. There is nothing specific about how to write the goals or any specific information about collecting or assembling the Resource Collection. That is why I wrote the CDA Prep Guide and am now offering the CDA Prep Binder on my website.

  26. 57 val
    July 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Hi..one more question. what if your class can contain children anywhere from 2-4 years of age..would I have to get both application booklets and then would I have to have certification for both age groups?


  27. 58 Deb
    July 16, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    You can only pursue one setting at a time, either preschool or infant/toddler. Unless you are working in a family child care home, then that setting covers birth through 5.
    After you earn the first center-based CDA (either preschool or infant/toddler), you can pursue a “Second Setting CDA” for the other.

  28. 59 val
    July 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for a cda program..I heard Child Care Insitute is good..and they are running a special this month for only $299..but I like having actual material to read and bring where ever I go..I know they have this at Care Courses..but I think your on your own as far as picking and choosing courses

    any advice..


  29. 60 Deb
    July 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Again, check to make sure the Council accepts whichever course program you decide upon. Care Courses provides a correspondence option, as well, that you may want to consider. I believe they will counsel you as to which courses to choose. There is telephone support.

  30. 61 val
    July 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    thanks again..as far as the setting..at our preschool the teachers are constantly switching classes each year depending on enrollment..one year they might have 2 1/2 year olds and the next maybe 3’s..lets say I go for my preschool certificate(which I assume is 3 and 4 year olds) then is that the class I need to be teaching when i have my evaluation


  31. 62 Deb
    July 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Yes. Once you begin your CDA, you should tell the director you need to stay in that particular setting. You will need to show 480 hours in that setting and will need to observed there by the Advisor.

  32. 63 val
    July 27, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Deb..I have a question..I received your book and in it it states that the verification visit doesnt need to take place at your school..if this is the case would they schedule another visit for observation?..also at what point does the application need to be ordered..I figure after the 120 clock hours are done..



  33. 64 Deb
    July 27, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    The Verification Visit is separate from the observation. The observation is done by the CDA Advisor. The Verification Visit is done after the observation by the Advisor, after all of your paperwork is completed and your application form has been submitted. The Verification Visit is conducted by a Council Representative, who does not do any observing. She will only go over your paperwork (Resource File, Competency Goal Statements, Parent Questionnaires) and administer the Oral Interview and the Early Childhood Studies Review test.
    You should order your application packet from the Council now.

  34. 65 Jenn
    August 2, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Just wanted to pop on here and say THANK YOU for creating the binder! I have already completed my class, had my observation, and sent in my application but I have been STRESSING the resource file!! This has lifted a huge weight off of me and I will be ordering the binder shortly. Thanks again for making this pain-in-the-rear process that much easier.


  35. 66 easycda
    August 3, 2008 at 3:01 am

    You’re welcome, Jenn. I think you will find it a real time saver and stress-reliever!

    • 67 josie
      December 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      hi i wanted to knws peoples who have a learning problem is there a program for those peoples i really need help and u seem very helpful plz get back to me thank u

      • 68 Deb Pierce
        December 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        There is not really a “program” for people with disabilities, but you may ask for your written test to be read to you during the Verification Visit, if that would be helpful. You would request this when you send in the application.

  36. 69 Ms. Lizzy
    August 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Deb, I have my binder from you, and your book. Im taking classes through cdaclass.org.

    I am now on rescourse item 1 and kinda of at a loss. Any help will help…

    • 70 Joanne G.
      July 29, 2010 at 4:19 am

      hi, i’m considering taking classes with CDAClass.org, how do you like it so so far? i’m very skeptical when it comes to online classess/training, I seem to over do it on the research..im scared of being scammed! I would greatly appreciate your feedback!!

      Thank you, Joanne

  37. 71 easycda
    August 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    You can find the requirements in your State’s child care licensing regulations. There, it will outline how suspected cases of child abuse must be reported by child care staff. The second part of Resource #1 asks you for the policy of your particular program for reporting child abuse. That would be the center at which you are working… what policies does the center have for reporting suspected child abuse? This information would be in the staff handbook and often in the parent handbook, as well. For those who are working in a family child care program, the owner would have such policies in similar publications. There must always be such policies in place, so that when these situations come up, there is no question as to what needs to be done. For the most part, the protocol is for the person who witnesses the alleged abuse or evidences of abuse to be the one who is mandated to report it to appropriate authorities. It is never a good idea to merely tell a superior about it and hope that person will follow through in reporting. This is a negligent policy and can put a child in distinct danger.

  38. 72 michelle
    August 13, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I have already recieved my CDA. The problem is that due to storms I have losted the material that I have collected over the years. I am trying to start over but don’t have alot of money to get the resourse books. If there is anyone out there that can give me an outline on the things I would need to re-due my box I would sure be appreciated.

  39. 73 easycda
    August 13, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    If you already have your CDA, why do you need to recreate your Resource Collection?

  40. 74 jessica
    August 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    does the CDA prep book have sample written assessments included in it? If not, is there anywhere I could find sample assessments or find practice questions? I am working with three people and they are nervous about this part of the process. Thanks!

  41. 75 easycda
    August 19, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Yes, the CDA Prep Guide includes over 75 practice questions for the Early Childhood Studies Review test, as well as practice scenarios to prepare for the Oral Interview. It has all you need to relieve the worry and stress!

  42. 76 Marianne
    August 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I have finished all the requirements for the CDA. This week I will take the written and oral test. I have reviewed all the questions and material. My question is, is the written portion on all ages, or just your specialty (infant/toddler). I have read that the oral test is specific to your age group, but nothing on the multiple choice test. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  43. 77 easycda
    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 am

    The Early Childhood Studies Review (the 60 question, multiple choice test) is not setting-specific. It covers best practices for all age groups. Good luck with your Verification Visit! Keep us posted when your CDA is awarded and we’ll celebrate along with you!

  44. 78 Jeanette B
    September 8, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Hello, I have your prep guide and prep binder and have told all my other students they need to get it, helped me so much! I have a question, I’m now writing my competency goals and I’m struggling because I am the bus monitor and class aide for our center so alot of stuff the teacher and teachers aide does, I pretty much am there with the kids and supervising teeth brushing and hand washing and play time, I’m worried my goals won’t be strong enough for the advisors, any comments??

    Thanks alot!

  45. 79 easycda
    September 8, 2008 at 2:17 am

    I’m happy you’re finding the materials helpful. As for your dilemma, do the teacher and teacher aide know you are working on your CDA? They should allow you some time to take a leadership role on some occasions in the classroom, so you will be prepared for your Advisor’s observation. When this observation takes place, you will need to be functioning as the lead teacher (just during the observation). You should inform the personnel with whom you work that this will need to happen and that you need to have practice in this role, so the children (and you!) are prepared and comfortable. Keep me posted!

  46. 80 Jeanette B
    September 8, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Yes they know because the teachers aide is also taking the cda classes,I will talk to the teacher again and ask to have more of a role in the classroom.We just started back because were headstart and have moved to a new building so hopefully once things calm down I can get some time in. Thanks again for your input!


  47. 81 Laura
    September 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm


    My boss asked me to take the CDA classes. I have been there a year but am not planning to stay a whole lot longer. I do want to take it but I do not have the time to commit to a years worth of nightly classes. I do plan to open a home daycare, so my question is this, should I start my CDA while still working here or wait until after I open the home daycare, or can I really take it online and not have to worry about the night classes, I am a (single mom), in which case I would probably be ok to take it now.

  48. 82 easycda
    September 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    You have to be working with young children when you finish the training and begin the CDA process, so I guess it would depend on how long you plan to be working in the present child care center. If less than a year is what you’re thinking, I’d opt to get the training now and wait to go through the process until I started the family child care program. In this case, no need to tell your boss what you’re up to, unless she’s paying for your courses ;o)
    Something else to consider… if your state participates in the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program (many do!), it will pay for 80% of your training, the cost of books, and the CDA application fee ($325.) If you go through the process while still at the center, many times the center will pick up the other 20%, provided you agree to stay on working there for at least a year after getting the CDA… so don’t sign up for that, unless you mean it. If you pay your own 20%, you can do as you please.
    Yet another thought… you can get your training online from a variety of venues, some from agencies on the Internet, such as carecourses.com and many more. (Please be sure to check any you consider to see if the Council for Professional Recognition (the organization that awards the CDA) actually accepts the training. Some of these places are fraudulent).
    My advice… try to get your online training in the form of college credits, especially if the scholarship can pay for it. Why? Well, right now, a CDA is the entry-level credential required for licensing in most states. However, I predict that within five years, most of those states will be requiring at least an Associates degree as a minimum. If you take your CDA courses now for credit, those same credits will count toward a degree, if you need to further your education down the road. Many community colleges offer online courses you can take. The 120 clock hours requirement for a CDA equates to about three 3-credit courses. You can check with your local community college or any other one… even the one where I teach in Indianapolis (Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana). The nice thing about distance learning is that you don’t have to live in the area or even in the state to take the courses. Some of my students live out of state..one in Michigan, this semester. Last semester, one of my online students was living in Germany with her husband, who was in the military. By the way, many states have expanded the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program to pay for Associates and Bachelor’s degrees, too! What a deal!
    Let me know if I can help further.

  49. 83 tammy
    September 20, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I am renewing my cda and i sent in a waiver because i need 7 more ceu’s and my cda expires at the end of this month. Do you know how long it takes to know if the waiver was approved.

  50. 84 easycda
    September 20, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Is this your first renewal? If it is, the Council gives you a two year grace period, for a total of 5 years, instead of 3. If this is your second or third (or more) renewal, the Council gives you a two year grace period, for a total of 7 years. If it has been more than 2 weeks since you sent in the paperwork for the renewal/waiver, I would call the Council to check on the status. However, unless you are at the end of the grace period, you are not in any hurry.

  51. 85 Judy
    September 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Is the verification test open book?

  52. 86 easycda
    September 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    No, the Early Childhood Studies Review is not an open book test. It is a 60 question, multiple choice exam covering appropriate practices in working with young children. Your 120 clock hours of training should have prepared you well for this exam. For 75 sample questions with answer key, you may want to check out The CDA Prep Guide.

  53. 87 vera
    September 26, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I have had my CDA E And My National since March of 1994. I want to re-new it. Will I need to take everything over or just the observation part?

  54. 88 vera
    September 26, 2008 at 2:20 am

    where do i go to ask a question

  55. 89 easycda
    September 26, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    A CDA must be renewed within 5 years, if it is the first renewal. If is a 2nd or other subsequent renewal, the Council gives you 7 years (with the 2-year grace period). Sadly, your CDA expired well after the last possible date to renew. You will need to repeat everything (including the training hours and the entire CDA process) over again in order to get a valid national CDA credential. This happens so often and it is totally preventable with a little pre-planning… but I know how life gets busy!

    • 90 Marilyn Cole
      September 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm

      I have gone through the renewal and will be up again here soon. I have considered going to college for a B.A. in Child Development. Can I use the CDA towards this?

      • 91 easycda
        September 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

        You probably won’t be able to use your CDA, per se, but some colleges will accept your training, if it was in the form of college courses. For example, at our college, the three courses that students take towards their 120 clock hours of CDA required training is accepted (9 credit hours) towards their early childhood degree. I would also recommend, however, that you do go ahead and renew the CDA, regardless of your education goals. Having a CDA and a degree puts you a step ahead of others who may be pursuing the same position with just a degree.

  56. 92 Lauren
    October 29, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hi, I’m struggling writing compentency goal 2. Any suggestions where to start. Thanks!!

  57. 93 easycda
    October 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Writing your Competency Goal #2 will vary, according to your particular child care setting… whether you are Center-based Infant/Toddler or Center-based Preschool or Family Child Care. There are 4 Functional Areas to address (physical, cognitive, communication, and creative). After writing your statement for each of these areas, you will provide about 2-3 examples under each of how you are meeting these goals. Altogether, the Competency Goal statement (including all 4 areas), will be no longer than 500 words. For more specific information and assistance in writing the Competency Goal Statements, you may want to look at The CDA Prep Guide.

  58. 94 Jessica
    October 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, I just completed all of my hours through Care Courses, and I am nervously awaiting to take the 60 question multiple choice test. I was wondering if I went back and studied the multiple choice test that I took and sent in, if you think that is what the 60 question test will come from, for the most part, or if there are additional study guides that will help.


  59. 95 easycda
    October 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Since you have had your training and are also working with young children on a daily basis, you should do fine on the exam. I was wondering if you had some practice for the Oral Interview, which will count the same as the exam. It is important to prepare for that, as well. In the CDA Prep Guide, there are 75 practice questions for the Early Childhood Studies Review exam (the 60-question test), as well as practice scenarios for the Oral Interview. Good luck on your CDA!

  60. 96 Judy
    November 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    How long does it typically take to get the results from the council?

  61. 97 Deb
    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    It should only take a couple weeks after the Verification Visit. If more than 3 weeks pass, you may want to call the Council and ask about the status of your CDA.

  62. 98 easycda
    November 5, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Coming to the NAEYC Annual Conference in Dallas? I’ll be at the Redleaf Press Booth (#1534) on Friday, November 7th from 11-Noon. If you have copy of The CDA Prep Guide, I’ll sign it. Or, you can purchase one on site. I will also be available to answer your questions about getting your CDA.
    Hope to meet you there!

  63. November 7, 2008 at 2:01 am

    I would like to know when sending in my cda renewal what type of mail service should i use and how long does it take to get my new certificate

  64. November 7, 2008 at 3:39 am

    I would use a “Return Receipt Requested” mailing. You should receive your renewed CDA within a couple weeks.

  65. 101 LynnMarie
    November 8, 2008 at 12:48 am

    First of all, I would like to thank you for offering the guide and the binder. I have both and they have relieved so much stress! I am in the process of working on my resource file and will soon start writing my competency goal statements. Obviously I am doing my best and not cutting corners, but I’m curious how closely the Council member will really look at it? Will she literally read the goal statements and look over all of my resources? Also, are the practice questions in your book literally the ones that will be used in the exam?

  66. 102 easycda
    November 8, 2008 at 5:28 am

    First of all, thank you for your kind words! I’m happy some of your stress has been relieved. Answers to your questions are mostly YES! As a CDA Representative, I am required to not only read a candidate’s Competency Goal Statements, but also to score them for required content and format (and word count!). The Resource File will also be carefully scrutinized, according to specific standards, and scored. The practice questions and oral interview scenarios in The CDA Prep Guide are as close to the real thing as I could get, without compromising the integrity of the actual CDA process. By practicing both, you should be well prepared.

  67. 103 LynnMarie
    November 9, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I am working on my Competency Goals…is it ok that my statements aren’t extremely long? I’m doing mine somewhat similar to the examples you provided in your book but using my own words. I’ve only done the first goal but I’ve been giving around 5 examples under each functional goal. Is that ok or would it be better to lengthen my statements instead of giving so many examples? I just finished up my first competency goal and it is about 485 words in length. Thanks for your help.

  68. 104 easycda
    November 9, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    That sounds just fine. You can either provide about 3 wordy examples, or 4-5 shorter ones. Your word count sounds great! You want to be right up there around 500 words, but not more than that.

  69. 105 Laquetta
    November 13, 2008 at 3:54 am

    I was wondering how can i go by getting my cda online or at a community college, i have 4 yrs experience in daycare and now i runs my own home daycare for the past 2 yrs and last year i home schooled? so what do i have to do?

  70. 106 easycda
    November 15, 2008 at 3:01 am

    You will want to contact your local community college and tell them you want to pursue a CDA and see what they have to offer. They may have online courses in child development and early childhood, much like we do at our college. You will also want to contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral office to see how you can qualify for a T.E.A.C.H scholarship (I do not know from which state you are writing, otherwise I could help you). This scholarship would pay for most of your tuition and books, as well as the CDA application fee, which is $325. It is best to get your training in the form of college credits, because… as I have mentioned to several other people on this forum, the bar is being raised in early childhood and higher qualifications are being expected for providers and this is happening nation wide. Soon, early care and education providers, as entry level teachers, will need an associate degree. If you get your training hours with credit, this will apply towards a degree, should you desire to further your education. Hours that are only good as training will not be usable for this purpose. Since you can have a scholarship to pay for college credits, it only makes sense to go in this direction.

  71. 107 Jillian
    December 10, 2008 at 2:20 am

    I am doing center-based infant-toddler, and in my class at the center i work at has 6 weeks to 12 months of age, the cda packet i recieved seemed to explain that i would need children there on the day of observation from birth to 36 months. My class is full and I can’t bring older children in and mix them with the infants, what should i do? Or am I understanding this wrong>

    • 108 easycda
      December 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

      For the Infant/Toddler CDA, you will need to be observed in your own class of young infants (6 weeks to 6 months), and mobile infants (6 months to 1 year). You will also need to be observed with a group of toddlers (children 1 year up to 36 months). For this observation, it will not have to be your own regular class of children. The Advisor will observe you for a few minutes interacting perhaps in someone else’s room with this age group. It will not be as detailed of an observation as the one conducted with your own classroom of children. You may want to ask a fellow teacher who has a classroom of toddlers and ask if you can be observed with those children for a few minutes when your Advisor comes. It would also be a good idea to spend some time in that classroom prior to the observation, so the children can become familiar with you and you are familiar with the routines in that room. This way, you will have a better observation when the time comes.

  72. 109 Tami Wilson
    December 12, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I was wondering if you offer a practice pre test? I’m going to be taking my test December 17 and would like to find a pretest to practice with.
    Thank you,

    • 110 easycda
      December 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm

      The CDA Prep Guide has 75 practice questions (with answers) for the Early Childhood Studies Review, as well as practice scenarios (with answers) to prepare for the Oral Interview.

  73. December 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Deb, First of all, thank you for providing such a terrific resource online! I am interested in ordering both your book and binder. I work for an agency that requires me to determine whether or not you are the sole source for ordering the binder or is it available from another source? I know that your book is available through RedLeaf Press. Thank you so much! Kathy

    • 112 easycda
      December 19, 2008 at 2:43 am

      I’m happy you are finding this useful. Are you a trainer for your agency? I am the sole source for the binder. It has proved to be very popular and I can understand why, having worked with so many CDA candidates. There’s no sense in making this process any harder than it needs to be!

  74. December 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Deb, Thanks for your reply! I will be assisting providers who are applying for the CDA and certainly appreciate the resources you have available! Thanks, Kathy

  75. 114 Barbie
    December 31, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Hi. I can’t figure this part out. The CDA booklet asks for specific information about local community agencies and other questions with each competance statement. Do I answer these first, then do my statement? On one page or seperate pages? Please advise.

    • 115 easycda
      December 31, 2008 at 2:11 am

      There are two separate tasks for the Professional Resource File… collecting the required resources (such as locating agencies in your community) and writing the Competency Goal Statements. It seems you are confusing the two and trying to combine them somehow. Giving you advise on this would be very difficult (actually impossible) on a Blog, since I don’t even know your specific CDA setting. I would suggest taking a look at the CDA Prep Guide. It will make everything quite clear and help you step-by-step, just as if I were sitting right next to you!

  76. 116 Erica
    January 2, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Hi, I have already completed the 120 hr online course with one online school and was wondering if I can transfer those hours and complete my cda at another school. The one I am currently with asks for a GREAT amount of things for the portfolio and I am seeking to get my CDA sooner than I would be able to complete it with them.


    • 117 easycda
      January 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      The Professional Resource File is required to contain specific items, and cannot vary from one training program to another. In other words, the school you are currently attending cannot expect more in your Resource File than anywhere else. I am assuming you have the booklet from the Council by now. It lists what has to be in your File. If you do not have this booklet (it is green for Center-based Preschool, yellow for Center-based Infant/Toddler, and blue for Family Child Care) you need to call and order your application packet right away (1-800-424-4310) from the Council for professional Recognition (the organization that awards the CDA credential).
      If you decide to complete the rest of the process on your own (which is certainly possible), you may want to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide to help you along your way. The CDA Prep Binder is already set up with all the required sections for your resources, which may also help you.

  77. 118 Callie
    January 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I am a conserned individual with a unique question. I logged a total of 120 hours of class time and have completed my binder but have not had my binder/portfolio reviewed and taken a test. I talked to the woman who did my assesment and she told me someone from state would be comming to do the rest. That NEVER happened 😦 I contacted state and they told me I only had a certian window to do this in and mine had expired?!? Aparently there is only a couple of months to meet the deadline and i did not meet it. Do I have to retake all the credit hours? or just pay to have someone come out read my portfolio and take the test? How does this work? I’m confused, sad, and frustrated.

  78. 119 Sheila
    January 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Deb, all this info is great! I am completeing my resource file for center based pre-school (3-5 yr olds). I plan to order your material asap. I am 75% complete, I will just move items from my binder. I am a little unclear on the actual lay out of the binder/materials. I have been working directly from the CDA booklet, it definitely leaves a lot of choices up to the candidate. When writing the Competency goals should each functional area within each goal be identified and be a seperate paragraph? I was looking at my Directors, which was completed several years ago and it was laid out this way. She also had her competency goal statements as the lead page as it correlated with her reesource items (the CDA booklet states no to do this any longer. Thanks so much!

  79. 120 Lorraine
    January 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I am working on getting my CDA. I am taking the 120 hours through our local Camp Fire Girls training program. I am struggeling with the resource file. I want to order your binder but was unable to on the website – I tried to order with a credit card. Is there a problem with this part of the order form?

    • 121 easycda
      January 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      There should be no problem with it. You have to fill in all the information requested. The payment would be made with a credit card through PayPal.

  80. 122 Lorraine
    January 28, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I figured it out. Thank you. How long for delivery?

  81. 123 easycda
    January 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    The binders are usually shipped the same day the order is received. They are sent via Media Mail and should arrive within 3-5 days.

  82. 124 LynnMarie
    January 31, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    For some reason I’m struggling with Competency Goal II…#5. I have a lot of songs, fingerplays, etc. that promote phonological awareness. I guess I’m having a hard time understanding what it means to “write an explanation of strategies for promoting phonological awareness with ELL”. Do I basically write a paragraph explaining how important rhyming, alliteration, repetition, etc. is for young children? Does each fingerplay, poem, etc. get it’s own page and do I have to write something about each specific song, poem, etc? I’m stumped. Any help would be appreciated.

  83. 125 easycda
    January 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Put each fingerplay, song, etc. on its own page (you can photocopy from a resource book ,if you like.) And yes, an explanation of how important rhyming, repetition, and alliteration is for ALL young children is.. especially for children who are learning English as a second language. By hearing these sounds over and over, these children will become familiar with how specific sounds are used in the English language. This can be a paragraph after the examples you have chosen. There does not have to be an explanation for each example.

  84. 126 adriana
    February 4, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Ijust purchased your Prep Guide. Could you tell me how long will it take to arrive? I am putting my Resource File together and I need a guide, I am struggling wiht the statements. I am done with my 120Hrs. I need to get my CDA certification before August

    • 127 easycda
      February 4, 2009 at 2:33 am

      Your CDA Prep Guide should arrive within 3-5 days. Once you get it, you will not have any further trouble with the Goal Statements. Good luck with your CDA!

  85. February 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    i was working in a daycare center taking the cda course thru the teach program but the daycare closed down is there a way i can get help thru them again to finish with out working at a day care center

    • 129 easycda
      February 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm

      You should probably contact your T.E.A.C.H. advisor, because part of the contract probably involved the center you had been working for. You must also realize that you cannot complete the CDA process unless you are working in a child care program of some kind, because you will need to compile documents related to that program and be observed in that program.

  86. 130 adriana
    February 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for your prompt answer to my first question! In building my Resource Collection, I am having trouble interpreting the portion of Competency Goal 1 #4 that reads “lesson plan that includes goals for children’s learning and development”. Do my goals have to address the domains, like physical health, cognitive development etc. or should the goals describe what I am teaching in the week, for example specific familiarity/recognition of colors, numbers and letters.

  87. 131 easycda
    February 11, 2009 at 1:57 am

    You should set up your week’s plan with a section for each learning area: art, language/literacy, music/movement, dramatic play, outdoor play/gross motor, small motor, science, math, and circle time. Under each (for each day of the week), list an activity, what the learning goals are for that activity, and list an adaptation for a child who has special needs (you will determine what the special need is). For a detailed sample of a weekly activity plan set up in this manner, see p. 188 in The CDA Prep Guide.

  88. 132 LynnMarie
    February 11, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I just wanted to piggy-back off of Adriana’s question about Competency Goal 1 #4, when that goal is completed, will it only be on 1 piece of paper in the resource file or should there be 5 sheets (1 for each day)? Meaning, do we need to fill out 1 of those per day for the week or is a sample of 1 day good enough?

  89. 133 easycda
    February 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    The item specifically asks for a sample of your weekly plan, so it is important that you provide a sample of an entire week. If you can get more than one day on a page, that would be good. Otherwise, putting each day on its own page would be the best. The CDA Prep Guide outlines one day of the week for two reasons… one is the space that would be involved in displaying an entire week and two, I wanted to be sure candidates are thinking on their own about their own programs and aren’t tempted to merely copy off a sample that is provided to them. These plans need to exemplify what the candidate is actually doing in his/her own program and need to provide very specific detail.

    • 134 arlene
      July 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Hi i just took my cda computer test yesterday and i have a feeling i failed the test..is that mean i wont pass my cda even i have a good score on my pd Specialist visit and the book?could u pls answer my question?thank u

      • 135 Deb Pierce
        July 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

        The Exam alone will not cause you not to earn a CDA, because everything is considered together… your Portfolio, you Competency Statements, and your Observation. You will probably be fine.

      • 136 Arlene
        July 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        Thank you so much Ms Deb..i took my test last July 6 and upto now they havent notified me if i pass or failed😭😭😭

      • 137 Deb Pierce
        July 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        That makes no sense. Call the Council on Monday.

  90. 138 LynnMarie
    February 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Perfect, thank you. I had purchased the CDA binder from you and it only had 1 page protector for that goal. I assumed I only needed to do a sample for one day…so I’m glad I asked. 🙂 This is an awesome resource that you are providing. Thanks!

  91. 139 LynnMarie
    February 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    For Competency Goal VI (#14), it asks to include information on how to become members of the associations. Are they just looking for a copy of the online application? Can I just copy and paste it…and then print it and put it in my file? I realize they also want the resources that are available for download or purchase…again, can I just copy and paste?

  92. 140 Deb
    February 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    You can just print off the information you find on the Internet or a brochure about membership. I am not sure that the application form itself will include all the info about the benefits and requirements of membership… you may have to look at the accompanying literature. The 2 resources can be located and printed off… no need to cut and paste or re-type. If you go onto the NAEYC website, there is a section called, “Beyond the Journal.” There you will find a large number of articles to choose from… find one that corresponds to your setting and age group. Then, just print them off and put into your binder.

  93. 141 Jessica
    February 12, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hi Deb,

    I have purchased both your Prep Guide and the Resource Binder from you. Thank you for the excellent resources!!
    I have done extensive searches for the T.E.A.C.H. program in Maryland (where I live) and I have been unable to locate anything. Do you know of any resources I can go to get more information?
    Also, I am currently close to finishing my 120 hours (non-college credit, but they will provide me CEU’s). My question is this: Can the 480 (within the past 5 years) include my current employment at the Preschool Center I work at?
    Lastly, Does the 480 hours only include the age of students I am seeking certification for (3-5 y/o in my case)? I am a certified teacher that has been teaching elementary aged students for the past 8 years. I am wondering (and hoping!) that some of that time counts.

    • 142 easycda
      February 12, 2009 at 3:37 am

      Have you tried this agency:
      Montgomery County Child Care Resource & Referral Center
      332 W. Edmonston Drive
      Rockville, MD 20852
      (240) 777-3249
      I’m not sure which funding program they promote… the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) or the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program.
      The 480 hours can include the work you are doing at the Preschool Center. Your work with elementary age children will not. 480 hours equates to about 3 months working 40 hours a week.
      I’m happy the Prep Guide and binder have helped you.

  94. 143 easycda
    February 12, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Finished with your 120 clock hours and ready to begin on the Resource File, Competency Goal Statements, and preparation for the Advisor’s observation and the Verification Visit? You might enjoy participating in an inexpensive, totally online course provided by Eager to Learn. It runs 5 weeks and uses the CDA Prep Guide along with the materials furnished by the Council from the application packet. Additionally, this class is taught by me! Interested? visit http://eagertolearn.org/ for more details. The next class begins February 23rd!

  95. 144 Paula
    February 13, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I have my cda for infant and toddler, it is due to be renewed in June of 2009, I am currently working on a preschool endorsement can i use that towards my renewal

  96. 146 LynnMarie
    February 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I am finished with my resource file and just going through it one more time to make sure it’s done correctly. I have a question about longer articles. One of my articles is 8 pages long for example (a download from “Beyond the Journal”. Is it ok to staple it and put it in 1 protector or should I use 4 protectors and put them front to back?

  97. 147 easycda
    February 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Just staple it and put into 1 page protector. (You can do that with your weekly plans, too!)

  98. February 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I see a lot of references to CDA applicants reading and studyikng the CDA Prep Guide book. How can I order this book…and from where? How much? Janet

  99. 150 Jaci
    February 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I just ordered a copy of the CDA Prep Guide, but have a few questions while waiting for it to arrive. I know that the guide includes 75 practice questions and answers for the Early Childhood Studies Review exam, as well as practice scenarios for the Oral Interview. Does the book also contain several appropriate responses with the practice Oral Interview scenarios? I guess I’m just not quite sure as to what they are looking for in a correct response.

    Thank you for all of your help!

    • 151 easycda
      February 17, 2009 at 12:50 am

      All of the practice Oral Interview scenarios include interpretations and suggestions for answering them, in terms of what the CDA Rep will be expecting. I think you will find them very helpful.

  100. 152 Christine Chaney
    February 19, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I was wondering how soon should i send out my questionnaires?

  101. 153 easycda
    February 19, 2009 at 3:08 am

    The Questionnaires are only good for 6 months (from the date written on them), so consider when your Verification Visit will be and if it will be within 6 months, you can safely send them out.

  102. 154 LynnMarie
    February 21, 2009 at 12:33 am

    I’m getting ready to send in my assessment application and have two questions about filling it out. I’ve been told it’s enough to just check off the box on the form that says I’ve completed 480 hours of experience with working with children. Is that correct or do I actually need a letter from my director on letterhead?

    Also, I distributed 18 parent surveys and received only 15 back. Do I just put the number “15” in the area under “Candidate Verification”?

  103. 155 Jaci
    February 21, 2009 at 1:17 am

    In selecting my CDA Advisor (the one who will be observing me and completing the CDA Assessment Observation Instrument)…

    Do I have to select someone from The Council for Professional Recognition’s Advisor Registry or can my CDA Advisor be any professional in early childhood education who meets the Advisor qualifications that appear in Appendix C of the green CDA booklet?

    In addition, what type of verification is needed from the Advisor on the Application Form to prove that they do indeed meet all of the qualifications?

    Thank you again for all of your help!!

  104. 156 Jaci
    February 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I just received my CDA Prep Guide in the mail today and did a quick skim of the entire book before I dive in and start reading. One thing I was unable to locate on a quik glance was…

    What score do you have to receive on the Early Childhood Studies Review in order to pass that particular part of the CDA process?

    In addition, what type of score do you have to receive on the Oral Interview to pass that particular part of the CDA process?

    Once again, thank you for all of your wonderful guidance!

  105. February 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    You definitely should send some kind of verification of your 480 hours. A typed statement by your director would be sufficient, noting the date span of the hours. (Remember, the 480 hours would have to be within the past 5 years).
    On the outside of the large, sealed Parent Questionnaires envelope, write 15/18, indicating that you got 15 of the 18 questionnaires back that you distributed. You will also write the date they were distributed. (Remember, the Parent Questionnaire must be dated within 6 months of the date of the Verification Visit). You will also put this number (15/18) in the Candidate Verification section.

  106. February 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    You certainly can choose your own Advisor, providing that person meets the qualifications outlined in the CDA booklet. As far as the Advisor “proving credentials,” that is not really necessary anywhere on the application form. However, the Council would have every right to contact this person for verification, if they choose to do so. I must say, however, I have never heard of this happening! I guess it is an “honor system” of some kind!
    The Council does not indicate (to anyone, including the Council Representatives) what a “passing score” would be for either the ECSR exam or the Oral Interview. I would assume it would be some sort of majority of questions correct for passing. Furthermore, the CDA candidate is not informed of any score, either. In fact, if a CDA candidate does not earn the CDA (fails) for some reason, the Council does not indicate exactly WHY that happened. So, it could have been a problem with the Competency Goal Statements, the Professional Resource File, the Advisor’s observation, or the ECSR or Oral Interview. All the Council tells the candidate is that there was some “problem with one or more of the Functional Areas.” This is very vague and, frankly, I disagree with this type of feedback. If the candidate is to go back and try for this credential again, I am wondering how he or she can hope to make improvements and pass the second time around if there is no specific or helpful feedback provided.

  107. 159 Marilyn
    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I completed the CDA course in the 1996-1997 time frame and was awarded a Child Development Associate Credential at that time. I worked as a pre school paraprofessional until 1999.

    Recently, I was informed of a possible opportunity for a full time position. This position does require a current CDA credential. I did not renew my credential in 2002 when it expired as I was not working as a paraprofessional at that time.

    I contacted the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition and was informed that “I would have to start over”. I originally completed a 14 credit hour course at a community college here in Michigan which was accredited by Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. It fulfilled the 120 clock hour requirement.

    Could you shed some light on what, exactly, I would have to do to reactivate or renew my credential.


    • 160 easycda
      February 25, 2009 at 12:13 am

      A CDA needs to be renewed to stay active. The first renewal is required after 3 years, but the Council allows a 2 year grace period, making the latest possible renewal 5 years after it was awarded. Every subsequent renewal after the first renewal is every 5 years (again, there is a 2 year grace period, making that 7 years), The CDA can be renewed indefinitely. However, if it goes beyond even 1 day past the grace period, it is rendered worthless. Yes, the Council was correct in telling you that you will need to “start over.” The courses you took are also not valid anymore, as the Council will only accept training that is within 5 years of application and it appears you took those 14 credit hours back in the late 90’s. Unfortunately, this sad event happens more often than you’d think. People “intend” to renew, procrastinate, and eventually forget, letting their credential expire without recourse. The good news is that many employers would take into consideration the fact that you had a CDA and would be actively working on another (or perhaps you could forget about a CDA at this point, go back to that community college, and finish up your associate degree in early childhood).
      If you decide to re-apply for a CDA, you will need another 120 clock hours of training, a new Professional Resource File, new Competency Goal Statements, a new observation by a CDA Advisor, new Parent Questionnaires distributed, and a new Verification Visit. This, of course, could not be accomplished unless you were working with young children. Perhaps this job opportunity would allow you to work while you re-did your CDA.

  108. 161 adriana
    February 25, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Hi Deb, I’m progressing very well now in making my Professional Resource File. Thank you so much for writing and publishing your prep guide! Another question at this stage, about resource collection item #13, which is regarding my state’s regulations and important requirements related to my job.

    In Florida the state regulations are heavily focused on facility requirements, not much about the teachers. Within the regulations I’ve only found specific staff (teacher) requirements regarding [1] training and [2] responding to evidence of communicable diseases in the children. Would these two topics be sufficient for #13? Or should I search regulations outside of those referenced by the National Resource Center of Health and Safety in Child Care?


  109. 162 Tiffany
    February 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I have completed my clock hours and currently working on the Professional Resource File. I am looking for an advisor – can you tell where to locate one? I have a home daycare and live near Indianapolis, IN.

    • 163 easycda
      February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm

      You can actually ask an acquaintance to be your Advisor, if that person meets the criteria set by the Council. You can read about this in the back of your Competency Standards (blue) booklet. The minimum would be someone who has a CDA. Perhaps you know someone who is also in home daycare or someone who works in a center or is a center director who would do this for you. If you choose someone you don’t now, they can charge anywhere from $80. to $100. to do this for you. If you can find a friend, maybe you can just take her out to lunch!

  110. 164 easycda
    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Just reference whatever the Florida regulations say concerning staff in a child care program. If it is very little, then so be it. Just print off a copy of the parts that apply and put that in your file.

  111. 165 Jessica
    February 26, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for the prep guide and binder. I can’t even begin to tell you how MUCH the binder has helped!!

    I have one question about Goal V #15- “four pamphlets etc….” My school uses a program called “Creative Curriculum” by a company called “Teaching Stategies”. They provide us (teachers) with a booklet (about 30 pages -book sized 5″ by 7″) called “A parent’s guide to preschool”. This booklet describes the creative curriculum program and how we teach knowledge and skills to our students (in Math, Literacy, Science, etc..). I am wondering if you as an assessor would accept a booklet like this? It is a very informative and useful booklet, but I am afraid that an assesor would consider this too long or wordy?

    I hope I have provided enough info. Thanks again!!!


    • 166 easycda
      February 26, 2009 at 1:30 am

      I’m glad the binder and book have been helpful to you!
      As for the pamphlet… do not use this, as it is a commercially produced piece of literature. I would suggest getting some pamphlets from a pediatrician’s office. They usually have these (”Your Newborn” “Toddlers”) pamphlets that tell parents about what to expect developmentally at each age. You can also pull up developmental milestone sheets for any particular age off the Internet.

  112. 167 ashley
    February 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    im starting my cda prep class tomorrow. what happens next after that class is done? Im kinda of lost with all of this

    • 168 easycda
      February 28, 2009 at 12:30 am

      It depends on what type of class it is. Is this going to be a class that provides your 120 clock hours of training or is it a class that helps you prepare for the Verification Visit, be observed by an Advisor, and compile your Professional Resource File?
      After the training and preparation, you will have a Verification Visit conducted by a CDA Representative. At that meeting, you will take the 60 question Early Childhood Studies Review exam and Oral Interview. Your documentation will be reviewed and some of it will be sent to the Council in Washington, DC. If all goes well, you would than receive your CDA credential.

      • August 8, 2012 at 2:16 am


      • 170 Deb Pierce
        August 11, 2012 at 2:51 am

        You don’t have to pay another $325. for the first waiver. They will let you re-take the Verification Visit. You are right. The Council really doesn;t let you know what exactly was the problem the first time around, so you can make changes and do better. I believe this is a critical flaw in the CDA process that will hopefully be addressed with 2.0. In the meantime, have someone take a look at your Professional Resource File to make sure everything looks ok. Maybe ask your CDA Advisor to do that for you. You can also find practice tests and scenarios in the CDA Prep Guide.

  113. 171 Adriana
    February 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Deb, working my way through my Competency Goal Statements. In your guide you say use two or three examples for each Functional Area. To get in the 400-500 word range, I’m using more examples (like the following), is this too many examples? Adriana

    [my draft]
    Functional Area 3 – Learning Environment

    I use all the physical resources in my classroom, and selected resources outside my classroom, to create an environment that supports sustainable learning with opportunities for play and exploration.

    I do this by:

     Having a well-organized classroom in which children are able to move freely with access to every area.
     The children are allowed to choose an activity whether it is doing puzzles, coloring or looking at a picture book—I let them work on their own but I am always ready to assist them when they need me.
     Taking care that when it is time to clean up they all know where to return everything.
     Reading age-appropriate books, using funny voices and animal sounds and explaining new words.
     Doing show-and-tell; every child brings something they consider interesting from home and shares it with the class.

  114. 172 easycda
    February 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    No, you can create that many examples, but be sure to check the word count after all the Functional Areas in the Competency Goal are finished. Then, you can go back and cut out examples if you need to.
    I really liked your first 3 examples, but the second two have more to do with activities you provide than the environment. Try to think of other examples more in line with what the classroom environment provides… you may want to talk about the centers you have set up or how you have the furniture arranged to create a smooth traffic flow through the room or perhaps something about the type of furniture in the room (child-sized, for example).
    For your third example, why not tell how you do this… are the shelves labeled or the toy containers labeled so the children know where everything goes? It is best to be as specific as possible.

  115. 173 ashley
    March 2, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Im kinda of lost right now on my cda. when doing the 13 functional areas do i have to have 200-500 words for each functioal or 200-500 words each goal?

  116. 174 Jenni
    March 3, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I have finished my cda classes, and I have received the assessment package from the council and I am so confused! I have your book and it has helped me out a lot but I am still confused. How many words is the answers to each number under the competency goals supposed to be? Do they have to be in essay form or how should I write them?n (for ex. Comp. Goal I 1. …the contact info for approrriate agencies for child abuse… )

    • 175 easycda
      March 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

      You are working on your Professional Resource File. You will just type the information that is requested… there is no required length. So, for Competency Goal I #1 (Provide a summary of the legal requirements in your state regarding child abuse and neglect…) you will copy the information right out of the state child care regulations regarding reporting child abuse, however long that is. Then, you will also write the name of the state agency (probably will be something like Family and Social Services) and the phone number and address. That’s all.

  117. 176 Deb
    March 3, 2009 at 2:18 am

    You need 200-500 words for each goal. It is better to have closer to 500 words, though. Remember, you are explaining your competency in these functional areas. I think it is hard to prove competency in 200 words! Be very specific with what you write.

  118. 177 Jenni
    March 3, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Do they need to be in essay form? Or do I just include the contact info at the bottom

  119. 178 Deb
    March 3, 2009 at 3:24 am

    No, it doesn’t need to be in essay form. Just write the required information (from the regulations) and right underneath, put the name of the agency and the contact information.

  120. 179 ashleley
    March 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    i have be reading about your book and binder…evryone seems to think its very helpful. How can I purchase one? Thanks

    • 180 easycda
      March 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

      Both items can be ordered on my website: easycda.com
      I think you will find them helpful to you as you work through the CDA process.

  121. 181 Tiffany
    March 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I have a question on competency goal 1 -4 Provide a weekly lesson plan. I have included a weekly plan for 2-4 year olds – do I need to include one for infants and preschool too? I usually use the same lesson plans but adapt them for the younger and older children. Should I just show the adaptions on this lesson plan? I want to make sure I am not leaving anything out or adding to much!

  122. 182 Deb
    March 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I am assuming you are working in family child care, having all three ages (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers), right? If so, you would need to show adaptations on the lesson plan for toddlers and preschoolers. For infants, you will need a separate lesson plan, as they will have different needs and scheduling.

  123. March 5, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I have run across a problem and need your help. My original parent questionnaires were damaged at work. May I borrow a blank questionnaire from a co-worker and make new copies on our work copier that I can then have parents fill out? I need them ASAP as my verification visit is SOON! Help me out with any info. If yes, GREAT! If no, how EXACTLY can I get more ASAP? Thank you.

    • 184 easycda
      March 5, 2009 at 2:42 am

      Yes, you can take a blank questionnaire and make copies. The Council used to have a downloadable version on their website, bu do not any longer.

  124. 185 Tiffany
    March 5, 2009 at 1:52 am

    opps- yes I am a family child care
    Thanks – that is what I thought – but since you have mentioned not to put any extras in I wanted to make sure it was needed.

  125. 186 easycda
    March 5, 2009 at 2:44 am

    It is always a good idea to double check!

  126. 187 Stacy
    March 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I’m working on my CDA right now taking the classes and woring on the resource file and conpentancy goals as I go. I’m wondering do you need to place the labels on the dividers and sheet protecters like you taked about in your book?

  127. 188 easycda
    March 6, 2009 at 1:06 am

    It just makes the most sense to do it that way. In so doing, you have everything organized and know where everything goes in your File. Also, the Council Rep will appreciate how easy it is to check over all your resources when it is organized that way.

  128. 189 Kim
    March 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    When working on Competency Goal 1 in the resource file can we just print up the information listed on our states website regarding child abuse and neglect or do we have to actually write our own summary on the requirements listed.
    Thank you!

  129. 190 easycda
    March 9, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Just print up the information listed!

    • 191 Rue
      January 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

      So you don’ t need to write a summary, that’s what Im having a problem with because per the website everything is layed out and it’s self explainatory. Our program basically follows what Department of Human Services requires.

  130. 193 ashley
    March 9, 2009 at 2:53 am

    How long does your book take to come in? Also im having some trouble on goal 2…do u have any tips.

  131. 194 Deb
    March 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I see your book was ordered on the 3rd. It should arrive this week! Without a specific question about Competency Goal II, I would be unable to give you a good answer, Ashley.

  132. March 11, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I need to renew my CDA, I have the package and everything ready to send. Do you know how will take to have my renewal.

    • 196 easycda
      March 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm

      Once everything is sent it, it should take less than a month to get your certificate back. Just double check to be sure everything is filled out correctly on the form and that you are enclosing all the requested documentation. Any error will delay your renewal.

  133. 197 car
    March 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I am in high school right now, taking a child services class and next year as a senior will be in the second level of the class. Our teacher uses this class to provide us with a CDA at the end of year, after traveling to preschools and daycares. I was wondering what all the different job oppurtunities are. My plan is to work at a daycare while i attend college. But my question is, is there anything that i can build onto my CDA out of college?

  134. 198 Deb
    March 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    You can certainly go on to get a degree in early childhood. Will the courses you have taken in high school hold any college credit? Some high school programs have agreements with local community colleges so these courses have credits that will transfer towards a degree. With an associate degree in early childhood, you can be a lead preschool teacher or perhaps even a director. If you go on to get a Bachelors degree, you can teach K through 3 in the public school system.

  135. 199 Jaci
    March 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I was just wondering how the Oral Interview was scored. I read somewhere where you can obtain either a score of 1, 2 or 3 on each individual scenario. Is this correct?

    Once again, thank you so much for your continued support!

  136. 200 Carley
    March 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    yes actually the classes im taking in high school do have college credit. so is there anything that i could do in the mean time that would also help me, because an associate degree is sounding good to me. but can you get that anywhere or do you have to go to specific places

  137. 201 easycda
    March 16, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Yes, each scenario are rated on the basis of percentage of correct responses using a 3-point scale. The scenarios are scored in two stages. The first stage of scoring is done while the Oral Interview is taking place. The second stage is done after the Interview is over. After all of the scenarios are scored (each with a score of 1, 2, or 3)(3= complete understanding; 2= partial understanding; 1= minimal understanding), the scores from all 10 scenarios are added together to provide a final score. This score, then, could be anywhere between 10 and 30 points.

  138. 202 easycda
    March 16, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Check with your local Community College. You will need to find a college that offers an early childhood associate degree. Find out from your high school instructor which colleges in your state will accept the college credits you have earned.

  139. 203 ashley
    March 20, 2009 at 4:22 am

    I ordered by book on the 3rd of march…do you know how long it takes? Also im having some trouble on goal 3 # 8. i’ve been online trying to find resources and I just cant seem do find any

  140. 204 Deb
    March 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Your book was shipped on March 3rd, but apparently the address you entered on the order form was incorrect. I have sent you an email regarding this.
    As for Resource Item #8, you can go to the NAEYC website and look in their library of articles, called “Beyond the Journal.” There, you should be able to find many articles related to children’s issues (like biting, shyness, etc.).

  141. 205 Dil
    March 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Hi I need some help with my cda resource file,please send my some suggestions via mail.Thanks

    • 206 easycda
      March 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm

      Because the Resource File is such an individual endeavor (considering your specific state, CDA setting, and variety of possible documents), it would be difficult for me to send you any specific help. A better idea would be to check out the CDA Prep Guide, which has suggestions tailored to candidates’ particular settings.

  142. March 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I have been waiting for the council to come and give me the test. Its been 3mo. since my observation. How much longer should I wait, Im afraid my questionaires wont be any good they are only good for 6mo from the date written on them. Thanks Jamie

    • 208 easycda
      March 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      I am assuming you sent in the application form and your application payment. If so, you should call the Council (1-800-424-4310) to see if they received your application. I always tell candidates to send the application form to the Council by certified mail, receipt requested, so they are sure it reached its destination.

  143. 209 LynnMarie
    March 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I sent in my application and payment before March 1st and still haven’t heard anything either. I did send it certified mail so I know they got it. How long should a person wait to make that call?

  144. March 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I know they have received the application because I have called them and I had to fax the license number of the daycare to them but that has been at least 2mo. ago. So should I call them? Jamie

  145. 211 Deb
    March 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Yes. Call first thing Monday morning. There is no reason for such a delay.

  146. March 28, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Ok I will call them Monday morning thanks for your info Jamie

  147. 213 easycda
    March 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Lynn Marie,
    I would wait a bit longer. Technically, they have between 1 and 3 months to call you. I’d say if you haven’t heard from a CDA Rep by the end of April, I’d make that call.

  148. 214 Bonnie Overton
    March 29, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Can you clear some questions up for me?
    I work for Head Start, and have worked there for about a year and a half. I am a Class room assistant, and my adviser said we would be looking into a birth to 3 program and that he would need to hire someone with a CDA. I am extremely interested in the position, but I don’t know how to get a CDA. Do you need to go to college or take special classes for it? Will the time that I have worked there help or count toward all the hours needed?

    • 215 easycda
      April 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

      You have enough hours working with young children to begin working on your CDA. You now need 120 clock hours of training. Perhaps you’ve already had some in the past year and a half…some inservice hours? The rest you can get by taking some online classes or attending some early childhood trainings in your area. After your training is completed, you will begin the CDA process. On my website, I have some information about that: http://www.easycda.com You can also go to the Council for Professional Recognition’s website for more info. The first thing you should do is tell your advisor that you are interested in this position and you want to get started on your CDA. You should also look into the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program in your state, which will pay for most of your training, books, and the CDA application fee.

  149. 216 Kim
    March 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I am working on no.17 in my resource file. Our school system provides services for children with disabilities. It is based on the school that the child is districted for so depending on where they live they will call their local elementary school. Is it ok to just give contact information for one elementary school? I also have information on another source that provides services.
    thank you.

    • 217 easycda
      April 1, 2009 at 12:53 am

      Avoid giving information on one elementary school. Locate a community agency that provides services to children with disabilities, regardless of what school they attend. You might call your local resource & referral agency for assistance in locating one.

  150. 218 Damaris
    April 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I’ m very interested in obtaining my CDA (in fact i have my portfolio) but have not the observation. I’m planing to go private with my day care and wondering if there is any scholarship in the MA area for those providers that work privatly?

    • 219 easycda
      April 14, 2009 at 12:03 am

      Contact this agency in your state for information about available scholarships:
      Department of Early Education and Care
      51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
      Boston, MA 02210
      (617) 988-6600

  151. 220 CB
    April 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I just had a question about the verification visit. I sent my application in by the March 1st deadline. I may be leaving the day care center within the month before they come to do my their visit. Do I have to be actively working in a day care to earn my CDA? I have finished everything and am just waiting for them to meet with me to go over all the paperwork, resource file, conduct the oral interview and give me my test. It seems like since I’ve already finished everything else and have been observed and have enough hours it should be okay if i am not actively working at the center but I would understand also if I have to be.

    • 221 easycda
      April 14, 2009 at 12:06 am

      Since you have already had your observation by your Advisor, you do not need to be actively working in a child care program. You may want to tell the director, however, that the Council Rep may be calling to inform her when your Verification Visit is scheduled.

  152. 222 sue
    April 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I have gone through the CDA process and I’m now waiting for my results. I took the test on March 27, 2009 with another colleague of mine (the same day, the same place, with the same rep.)Both packets were mailed in on March 28, 2009 by the CDA rep. My friend received her certificate in the mail yesterday, April 16, and I have yet to receive any notice. I called, and they told me that mine was still in review. Should I be concerned or would this be normal for one to be much later if they were both sent at the same time.

    • 223 easycda
      April 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

      Although both packets were mailed in to the Council, it doesn’t mean they are being reviewed by the same person or on the same day. Yours might still be on someone’s desk, yet to be opened. I wouldn’t worry too much as yet. If more than 2 week elapse, I would give the Council another call. Think happy thoughts!

  153. 224 Darlinea White
    April 20, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Dear Deb
    I have finish taking my safe, health learning enviro and clinical practicum and now I am finishing up family dynamics as well as early curriculum I will be done on the 20th of this month what is next for me to obtain my cda. And when do I need to fill out my application.

    • 225 easycda
      April 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      You should order your CDA application packet from the Council. You can order it online (cdacouncil.org) or by phone (1-800-424-4310). You will need to specify what setting you are in… center-based infant/toddler or center-based preschool or family child care. As for the rest of the process… it would not be possible for me to go through everything here! I would suggest you take a look at The CDA Prep Guide, which explains everything in great detail.

  154. 226 Bonnie
    April 21, 2009 at 2:38 am

    How do I wirte my competency paper on commitment to prfessionalism?

    • 227 easycda
      April 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

      You will outline all the things you have done in the past year to enhance your professionalism (attended workshops/trainings, participated in advocacy events, belonged to an early childhood professional organization, etc.) You can also explain how you behave as a professional (keeping family information confidential, for example) The correct format for this and all of the other Competency Goal Statements is explained in great detail in The CDA Prep Guide. I would suggest you get a hold of a copy.

  155. 228 regina jones
    April 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

    i am a 50 yr.old women living in the washingtonn dc area . i have just completed and recieved my certificate in jan.09i would like to continue my education,but lack of finances do you know any orginazations that will assist methat can assist me

    • 229 easycda
      April 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

      I would call the following agency and see what they can do for you!

      Office of the State Superintendent of Education
      Early Care and Education Administration
      2800 New York Avenue, NE
      Washington, DC 20002
      Fax: 202-576-9171

  156. 230 Lisa
    May 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I just wanted to know how many credits you can receive by getting your CDA?

    • 231 easycda
      May 2, 2009 at 2:52 am

      That depends… on what type of training you take to get your 120 clock hours. If you take college classes, you will need about three, which will give you 9 credit hours (each being a 3-credit course). Now, if you take your 120 hours in the form of informal training (like inservice or trainer classes), then you will receive no credit for them.

  157. 232 Jaclyn
    May 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Hello, I am scheduled for my Council Rep to come and give me the oral and review test. What should i expect at this meeting? They say the oral interview is 1.5 hours long. What all is talked about. Thanks

  158. 233 Deb
    May 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

    The Rep will look over your Professional Resource file and score it. She will also look at your Parent Questionnaires and score them. She will take with her copies of your Competency Goal Statements and Autobiography to score after the meeting and to send to Washington, DC. She will also take your Observation Instrument that was completed by the Advisor to score (Make sure it is in a sealed envelope, because if it’s not, it’s a deal breaker!) You will have about 90 minutes for the Early Childhood Studies Review exam, but it shouldn’t take more than a half hour. The Oral Interview should take about 45 minutes. You will look at 10 scenarios and comment on them. If you have the CDA Prep Guide, there are sample questions and scenarios for practice, as well as a complete, detailed rundown on what will happen during this meeting.

  159. 234 Jaclyn
    May 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you Deb! This website is very helpful! Thanks agian!

  160. 235 ashley
    May 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I did the cda mostly myself and Im about to send my things in with my app. Can you tell me everything I need to turn in? I just want to make sure I got it all.


  161. 236 Deb
    May 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Things to send along with your application form:
    > A letter from someone verifying that you have at least 480 hours working with young children within the past 5 years.
    > Verification of your 120 clock hours of training, with descriptions of the content of the training.
    > The payment for the application fee.
    That’s all.

  162. 237 ashley
    May 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Who has to write the letter verifying I worked with children? So I dont have to send in the advisior sheet or the the survey from parents?

    • 238 Deb
      May 27, 2009 at 1:36 am

      You can have your employer(s) write the letter of verification. 480 hours is equal to about 3 months of full time work.
      NO! Do not send the Advisor’s observation or the Parent Questionnaires or ANYTHING else! You will need all of those other items for your Verification Visit. If you send them to the Council, they will destroy them.

  163. 239 Jaclyn
    May 27, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Deb, I posted on here earlier about my verification visit. I missed the call from the council to schedule my appointment. Who can I call to set this up? Thanks

    • 240 Deb
      May 27, 2009 at 1:38 am

      You can call the Council to say you missed the phone call. (How do you know you missed it?). Most of the time, the Rep will call back to reschedule.

      • 241 Jaclyn
        May 27, 2009 at 2:58 am

        I know I missed it because the daycare i work at right now said they called while I was out on vacation leave. When I returned they let me know they had called. I haven’t heard back from they in about 2 weeks.

  164. 242 Aleyda
    May 27, 2009 at 3:17 am

    i would like to know what books could help me to obtain more information because the ones that i have do not cover all the areas that im learning about.

    • 243 easycda
      May 28, 2009 at 1:49 am

      I am not sure what kind of information you are looking for… learning about working with young children or learning about how to prepare your Resource File and get ready for the Verification Visit.

  165. 244 Jaclyn
    May 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm


    Im having a hard time finding someone to talk to about my application status/verification visit. Do you have a name and number of someone I can talk to so i can set up a verification visit? I guess there was a problem with my application….no SS# on it. What will I have to do next? I need to have my assessment by June. Do you think this will still be possible?

  166. 245 Deb
    May 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Call the Council at 1-800-424-4310 and ask to speak with Deborah Jordan, the Deputy Director. Tell her that no one has been able to help you.

  167. 246 Jamie
    May 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I am finished with my classes and am waiting for the observation and tests. I am very worried about the written test. I have never been good at taking tests. Is it possible to not pass if I do bad on the written test?

    • 247 easycda
      May 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      First of all, relax! You have completed 120 clock hours of early childhood training. Plus, you have experience working with young children. And… this is a multiple choice test. The questions are common-sense questions that you should be able to answer based on your experience and training. If you still have some test-anxiety, try to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, where you will find a 75 question practice test with answers, as well as some practice for the Oral Interview.
      As for not getting your CDA because of doing poorly on the test… the decision about awarding the CDA is based on many things, not just the test. The Council also considers your Competency Goal Statements, Your Professional Resource File, your Observation by the Advisor, the Parent Questionnaires, and how you performed on the Oral Interview. Take a deep breath and you’ll do fine!

  168. 248 Kim
    May 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm


    There are 4 of us in my preschool who have applied for our CDA. Our applications were sent in all together by our director and we hadn’t heard anything so she called last week to check on things. Our check had cleared immediately but we never received a phone call from anyone. When she called she was told that our applications were received on March 8th which was past the deadline. For some reason we thought they had to be postmarked by March 1st. Anyway they told her we would hear from someone by the fall. Would we not be put into the next times slot of July/Aug/Sept? and will all of our questionnaires and observation still be valid? Our observations were completed in Jan/Feb and our questionnaires were also.

    Thank you.

    • 249 easycda
      May 30, 2009 at 2:29 am

      Kim, Yes, you will be the first in line for the next quarter deadline, which is June 1, meaning your Visit will be in July, August, or September. It’s always amazing to me how uninformed some of the people working there are and I really wonder WHY they are working there. It really isn’t that difficult to take a look at the quarterly deadlines and give someone a straight-forward and accurate answer to an easy question! Deb

  169. 250 Diana
    June 3, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Hello Deb,

    I have a couple questions for you. First off…..if i waited to long to set up my verification visit…what would I need to do? Its over 6 months since my application and parent quest. and I was curious to know if you just had to resubmit your application or how that worked? I wasn’t going to do it which is why it never got set up, but now I want to…

    Also, does the council have a time frame for the online assessment? Do they plan on having it done this year… it just says coming soon. Thanks for you help!!

    • 251 easycda
      June 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

      The Parent Questionnaires and the Observation Instrument are only valid for 6 months. This means, in order to send in another application, you would have to be re-observed by a CDA Advisor (that person would need to fill out a new Observation Instrument) and you would have to distribute new Parent Questionnaires. Also, if you submitted an application fee before with the first application, that is no longer valid, either. So, the fee would have to be re-paid, unless you got some kind of waiver from the Council… but I’m not sure what the chances of that would be. My question for you… why did you wait so long after all that work???

      As for the online assessment… there is no time frame for this, because all of the details have not been worked out. It sounds good in theory, but in actuality, it may be somewhat of an impossibility. The Council cannot, without compromising quality control, conduct an entire assessment online. There still has to be a Council Rep involved, to score the Professional Resource File… candidates can’t present their files online (unless they enabled the entire thing to be scanned… but I don’t see that happening any time soon!).

      Personally, I do not think online assessment will work very well. Yes, it would be convenient, but no, it would not provide an accurate evaluation of a candidate. An online assessment is not the same as having a real person doing the evaluation, seeing the real candidate in real time. To me, this is much like the difference between standardized testing and authentic assessment… the former being wrong on many levels!

  170. 252 Jamie
    June 3, 2009 at 7:49 pm


    I have my verification visit this week and Im very nervous! Im not to concerned about the review test, mostly the oral interview!! I get so nervous in situations like that and im afraid ill mess it up!! How detailed of an answer does the rep look for? I have your cda prep book and looked at the oral interview samples… is the rep just looking for what seems right in the situationa and what things I wouldnt do in that situation? ANy advice you have would be wonderful!! Thanks

    • 253 easycda
      June 4, 2009 at 2:53 am

      Try to look for red flags first… things that aren’t quite right or that you would do differently. Then, talk about those things. Also, pay attention to sentences that the Rep re-reads, because if she does that, it means you are missing the point somewhere and she is trying to prompt you into noticing something in those particular sentences. Above all, try to relax. After all, you have completed all your training and have lots of experience working with young children under your belt. You’ll do just fine!

  171. 254 Jamie
    June 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Is it possible to get your CDA even if you were to fail the oral interview?

    • 255 easycda
      June 4, 2009 at 2:56 am

      You aren’t going to fail the Oral Interview! Besides, the decision to award the credential does not hinge on that interview. All of the other things you’ve done are also considered… your Early Childhood Studies Review exam, the Competency Goal Statements, the Autobiography, your Professional Resource File, the Observation Instrument completed by the Advisor…. Try to think happy thoughts!

  172. 256 Jaclyn
    June 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Hello Deb,

    I was ready you responce you wrote to “Jamie”, about the oral interview. You said the rep will reread a sentence if we missed something in that sentence… does that mean she would want you to emphasize on what we think would be right or wrong in that particular sentence? If you wont mind… can you give me (one)example of a question and an answer that would be good enough? Id appreciate any feedback!! Thanks Deb

  173. 257 Marie Boyle
    June 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I started my CDA class in Feb. now that we are working on our goals I’m lost its all work on our own. I’m having difficulty getting started on goal 2 I don’t know how to begin . In goal 1 we were told to start everything with I .Do I do the same ? please if you can be any help I’d be grateful

    • 258 easycda
      June 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm

      It would be very difficult for me to coach you through writing the Competency Goal Statements here on a blog, since I am not even sure of your CDA setting. However, I can tell you that you are not lost or all “on your own.” Try to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, if you can. It will walk you through writing each of the goals, step-by-step. It will be just like having a coach right there with you as you complete this part of your CDA process.

  174. 259 Julie
    July 2, 2009 at 3:55 am

    I am finishing the ELCCT coursework (required in OK)in a few days and will begin my CDA courses this fall. Here are a few of many questions regarding the CDA…

    How are your hours you have worked with children verified? My last position was as a Special Education Paraprofessional at a public school I worked with children from pre-k through 4th grade. Would this qualify even though it was not in a daycare setting?

    How do you find an advisor? I am going to be new to the daycare field even though I have been working in education for awhile now.



    • 260 easycda
      July 2, 2009 at 8:20 pm

      You will have an old supervisor from your past position write a letter verifying your hours worked. You will only be able to count the hours working with children 5 and under. You can look in your CDA booklet (received from the Council) for the qualifications for Advisors. Then, you might ask someone you know who meets the criteria… perhaps a director at a preschool or a preschool teacher. You just can’t use someone who works directly with you (or the Director) at the place where you currently work, because that would pose a conflict of interest. The Council also has a registry of Advisors, and as a last resort, you can call the Council and have them send you a listing of registered Advisors in your area. The reason I say “last resort” is that if you have someone from the registry, they will most certainly charge you (up to $150.) for doing the Observation. If you find a friend or perhaps a teacher from your old place of employment to do this for you, you can possibly avoid such a fee and just take her out for lunch!

  175. 261 catrina
    July 2, 2009 at 4:21 am

    What can i do if my CDA has expire three yrs ago and i just found out, can my job just fire me.

    • 262 easycda
      July 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm

      If this would have been your first renewal, you needed to renew after 3 years, but the Council gives CDAs a 2-year grace period. If the original date of issue of your CDA is less than 5 years ago, you can still renew it, but you’ll need to hurry. If it has been over 5 years (even by ONE DAY), your CDA cannot be renewed and you would have to repeat the entire process… including the 120 clock hours of training. If a CDA is required in your state for child care licensing, and you no longer have one because it expired, then your employer may have no other choice than to let you go and hire someone who has a CDA. Renewing a CDA is the individual’s responsibility and no one else’s. It is kind of like any other type of license… like your driver’s license, for example. If you let it lapse, you can’t drive. If you let your CDA lapse, you can’t work in a licensed center, if that is the law in your state.

  176. 263 Brenda Orinstein
    July 8, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Hello Debbie, I am hopeing you can help me i bought the book with the review questions are they the same question on the test? and i bought the binder to help me out. is there anything eles that i would need to prepare me for the visit i have put this off for a year and now think i sould just do it. I really never have the faith i need i am very scared. any information you could give me would be a big help. Thank You so much

    • 264 easycda
      July 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      The practice questions are very similar to those you will encounter on the Early Childhood Studies Review exam. They are not, however, the “exact questions.” (This would compromise the integrity of the CDA, which would not be ethical). My best advice would be to go over the Prep Guide sections about the Verification Visit, take the practice test and go over the practice Oral Interview scenarios. AND… stop worrying! You will do just fine! Be sure to come back to the Blog when you’d had your Verification Visit and let us know how it went!

  177. 265 LynnMarie
    July 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I recently received my CDA certificate in the mail (YAY!). I just wanted to encourage all the people who are concerned about the verification visit. It really isn’t bad at all. I believe the written part took me about 30 minutes and the oral part took no more than 45 minutes. Like you’ve mentioned before…after 120 hours of training as well as working in the field, the test is a lot of common sense…situations we already handle on a daily basis.

    The lady who gave me my test said that they are swamped. I’m wondering what the process is to do that job? How many hours on average do they work? What kind of training do they have? What type of compensation is there? I just had such a good experience that I thought maybe I would be interested in being on that end. 🙂

    Thanks for all your help! Your book is a life-saver…and this blog is also very helpful.


    • 266 easycda
      July 9, 2009 at 1:43 am

      Congratulations to you! Thanks for sharing your good news! I hope you will frame your certificate and hang it up in a prominent place! I’m sure those reading this blog (and worrying about their Verification Visits!) will appreciate your testimonial! It’s one thing to hear a “don’t worry” from me, but it’s much more meaningful coming from someone who just went through it!
      As for becoming a Council Rep… you can get some info from the Council about that. You’ll need a certain level of education, as well as a certain number of years educating adults. The initial training is a full day, with refresher training every few years. You are required to conduct a minimum of 12 Verification Visits per year. The Rep is paid for each one.
      Now that you’ve completed this milestone, I hope you are looking toward lifelong learning and will go on to complete a degree in early childhood education! Stay in touch…

      • 267 LynnMarie
        July 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

        Thanks for the info as to how I can get more info from the Council. I’ll check into that.

        After my verification visit, the Rep also suggested that I continue on and get my early childhood education. My passion is teaching preschool…if I have my CDA, how would the early childhood degree benefit me? I’m just curious as to what my options would be if I had that verses just having my CDA? Would any of my 120 hours go toward that degree?

      • 268 Easycda
        July 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

        All atates are continuing to raise the bar for teacher qualifications, even at the preschool level. For example, here in Indiana, all Head Start teachers (entry level) are required to have an Associates degree, not just a CDA. And, lead teachers are going to have to have a Bachelor’s degree.

        Getting a start on your degree will give you some employment insurance for the future! A person having both a CDA and a degree would be much more marketable than one with only one or the other.

        If the training hours you took for your CDA were for college credit, they can be used towards a degree. Some colleges will even give you credit for the non-formal hours, as well.

  178. 269 Sarah
    July 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Deb, when putting together my binder, do all the papers needs to have my name and date on them?

    • 270 easycda
      July 19, 2009 at 2:09 am

      No, your name and date do not have to be on every page. Just make sure your name, setting, and the date of the Verification Visit are on the front cover of your binder.

  179. 271 cokeltto Jabber-Lindsey
    July 21, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    what is the purpose of the waiver request form ?Can you skip parts of the C.D.A process ?

    • 272 easycda
      July 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      No, you cannot skip parts of the CDA process. Sometimes candidates need the Early Childhood Studies Review exam read to them for a variety of reasons, so they would need a waiver. Or, perhaps a candidate has almost all of her training hours in the form of formal training, but a few of the hours were from a workshop. She could request a waiver for those couple hours. These are the types of issues that would qualify to be considered by the Council through a waiver. They are not, however, going to waive parts of the process!

  180. 273 Renard Yearby
    July 23, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I recently purchased the CDA Prep guide; I loved the look and feel of it so I bought a binder as well. I sent an email to easycda requesting that I receive the Center Based-Preschool but I did not receive a conformation. Would you know by chance if I was receiving the binder I requested?

    This blog has been a beacon because I have been looking at the book my trainer gave me and it seems so overwhelming. This site shows that it is not as daunting of a task that I am making it seem(I hope)

    R. Yearby

    • 274 easycda
      July 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm

      Your Center-based Preschool CDA Prep Binder was shipped today! I wish you much luck with your CDA. Be sure to keep me posted!

  181. 275 Shatika Mcdonald
    July 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I am having trouble finding songs, fingerplays that promote phonological order. Do you know of any websites I can visit to get ideas from? Also do I need just the words of the songs or the musical notes also? Thanks for your help.


    • 276 easycda
      July 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm

      You must first understand what “phonological awareness” is… It is the ability to hear and identify the small sounds within words. We can promote this understanding by providing children with musical and fingerplay experiences that have rhyming, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia. You can find some songs with these features on websites like, kididdles.com and bussongs.com. You can print them off right from the site. Or, you can go to the public library and have the children’s librarian help you. For songs, you need both the music and lyrics.

  182. 277 Trish
    July 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hi I’ve been reading all of these comments and am wondering if I can order Care courses and also do the 480 hours of required time at the same time or do I have to have the required time done and then do the Care courses.

  183. 278 Lynn Achenbach
    July 30, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Hello my name is Lynn and 3 and half years ago I worked for a daycare in Indianapolis and was doing my classes off site. I finished my classes but before I was able to do the final interview/ test? I was let go. I’ve worked in daycare ever since and I am starting work at a home based daycare now. The owner is interested in helping me finish my CDA process but im not sure if I need to just finish or do I need to start all over. While I still have my box with all my info, im sure some of that if not all will have to be redone since I did it then for 4 yrs olds and this is for birth up and my papers and surveys are out dated, but what else do I need to do? Any help is appercated. Thanks

    • 279 easycda
      July 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      Your training hours will be valid for 5 years. You will need to re-assemble your Professional Resource file (update and make it applicable to Family Child Care. You should get another application packet from the Council for Professional Recognition for Family Child Care). You will need to also re-write your Competency Goal Statements to match your new setting and send out new Parent Questionnaires to the parents in the program where you are now working. You need to find a CDA Advisor to conduct your Observation and fill out the Observation booklet that will come in your application packet. Then, you will complete the application form (signed by you, your employer, and the CDA Advisor), and prepare for your Verification Visit. (The Application fee is $325., but perhaps your state participates in the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program or your employer can help cover the cost.)
      Since you are no longer in a training program, you may benefit from taking a look at The CDA Prep Guide, which will help you prepare for your exam and Oral Interview, as well as assembling a Family Child Care resource file and writing the new goal statements.

  184. 280 Jenny
    July 31, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Hey, i need too know how long does it take to get a CDA ?
    can you guys please help me ? i will really appreciate it..thanks

    • 281 easycda
      July 31, 2009 at 7:29 pm

      I generally takes about 1 year to complete a CDA. Most of the time is spent acquiring the required 120 clock hours of training, and the remainder going through the CDA process. For more info on this, see The CDA Prep Guide.

  185. August 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm


    I just want to thank you for providing the CDA Prep Guide and binder….
    I just received my CDA Certificate and your book was so helpful…..for anybody out there stressing this book will walk you through the process and pretty much answer all the questions that you have……The binder is set up for you so all you have to do is find the information and put it in the sleeve…..This was so helpful and the verification visit was easy too…you will do fine on the test and interview after taking all the training and working with children….the questions are mostly common sense….Thank you again!!!!!!

    • 283 easycda
      August 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks for the words of encouragement to all of those who are working on their CDAs. I’m glad you found the book and binder helpful. If we can simplify the process in any way, it’s a good thing!
      Congratulations on getting your credential! Frame it!
      Now, don’t forget to renew!

  186. 284 Christine
    August 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I’m a widow with 3 kids age for 11, 7 and 4 IUsed to work at a daycare when my oldest was younger. I would like to work in chikd care but only have a a diploma for high school . I would like to take class on line and maybe work form home or work in a daycare center HOw would I go about getting my CDA at home .

  187. 285 easycda
    August 6, 2009 at 2:12 am

    You can access CDA training from a multitude of sources online, but whichever you choose, be sure that the training is accepted by The Council for Professional Recognition (the agency that awards the national CDA credential). Eager to Learn out of Minnesota (eagertolearn.org) is a good one and the courses are very reasonable. They offer the courses toward the required 120 clock hours for a CDA, as well as a final course to help students with the rest of the process (resource file, competency goal statements, oral interview, exam, etc.). I teach that final course myself.
    Coming soon, I will be offering online courses for the 120 clock hours and the CDA process right out of my website, so you can be watching for that, as well.
    Here’s an idea… if your youngest is starting preschool this Fall, why not ask if there are any part-time openings at the center, so you can begin getting some of the required work hours toward your CDA. You’ll need at least 480 hours.

  188. 286 tammy
    August 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I have a cda in Illinois and I would like to know what I can do to be a director in a daycare center

  189. 287 Deb
    August 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    You will need to call your Illinois Dept. Family Services (Child Care Division)to find out the educational qualifications for being a child care director in a licensed center. A CDA may or may not be enough. You may need a degree, as well.

  190. 288 Tiffany
    August 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm


    I have a question on the competency goals. You state in the book that they need to be between 300-500 words. I have finished goal 1 and have 523 including all the headings (Function areas, Inf, Tod and Preschool, I do this by – etc). Do all the heading count in the number of words or do I need to rewrite my statements?

  191. 289 Deb
    August 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    The headings and the italicized statements that you copied from the Standards booklet do not count as part of your word count… only your own statement and the examples given. Sounds like if you just go back and do a word count without those items, you will be fine.

  192. 290 Tiffany
    August 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Just wanted to say THANKS! I just received my CDA cert in the mail. I was told it would be 6-8 before I would hear anything – it was less than 3 from the day I took my test and interview. Your book is the perfect tool anyone needs to be successful (including this website)!!

  193. 291 Easycda
    August 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Good for you! Thanks for the kind words and letting us all know about your good news! Be sure to get a frame and hang up your credential in a prominent spot at your workplace… you have a lot to be proud of! The children you teach are very lucky.

  194. 292 Carmen Ortiz
    September 2, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I have a question How can I renew my CDA expire 5 year ago

    • 293 easycda
      September 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

      If this is your first renewal, you are out of luck. The first renewal must be completed within 3 years, with a 2-year grace period. After that, the CDA is invalid and cannot be renewed. In order to reinstate it, a person must go through the entire process again (training hours, observation by CDA Advisor, sending out Parent Questionnaires, participating in the Verification Visit, etc.) Unfortunately, this happens quite often and it’s a shame.
      If this is your second or more renewal, you still have time. Renewal for the second and subsequent times is every 5 years, with a 2-year grace period. Hopefully this is not your first renewal, Carmen. Otherwise, I am the bearer of bad news for you.
      Note to others who are reading this: Don’t let this happen to you! Make note of when your CDA expires and get it done on time!

  195. September 7, 2009 at 2:38 am

    first i want to say that this web-site it’s a life saver, i just order your CDAprep binder and your book but i’m a little confuse about the competency goal 2 #6 about how to describe 9 learning experiences for 3,4 and 5 year olds, does it have to be about one kid or about some activity i did with all the kids? any help will be appreciated thank you.

    • 295 easycda
      September 7, 2009 at 3:15 am

      These would be 3 activities for each of the three age groups. The activities would be something you would do with a group of children. When you get the Prep Guide, you will have specific instructions and even a sample to help you with this… which will be a lot easier than me trying to explain this on the blog. After you get your book, if you still have questions, do not hesitate to ask.

  196. September 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    thank you soooo much i know your book it’s goin to help me a lot.

  197. 297 Marilyn
    September 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I am really nervous about the oral and written (60 question) part of the observation component of my CDA process as I suffer from test anxiety. I did really well on the 120 hours of course work but I feel I will struggle to get a passing score on the written and oral part. Does the written/oral test stress any particular area of the course work?

    I have been told that I have great skills with the preschoolers I have worked with
    the last 13 years and my teacher/advisors have consistently given me an very high ratings but this lack of confidence about the oral & written testing could keep me from my certification.

    Do you have any advice?

    • 298 easycda
      September 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

      Stop stressing! With 13 years of experience and doing well with your training, you are MORE than prepared for both the test and oral interview. Both are based on common sense and knowledge of best practices. You will have several hours to take the test, but you will probably finish in less than an hour. The test will cover information about children from birth through age 5, but the oral interview will only cover situations for your setting, preschool. If you have the time, try to take a look at The CDA Prep Guide, because I have included a practice multiple choice test (with answers), as well as practice for the Oral Interview.
      Be sure to let me know how it goes! I know you’ll do just fine!

  198. 299 Kim
    September 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I would like to comment to Marilyn to help ease her worries. I recently had my written test and oral interview in August. I have not heard back on it yet though. Put your fears to rest, the written test was very easy. The questions asked were all common sense questions that you will have no problem answering. I was told that I had up to 2 hours to complete the test but was finished in less than 30 minutes. The oral interview was not horrible. I was scared to death but the person who tested me was wonderful and very sweet, made it so that I was comfortable. She will read the scenario to you about the picture on the card and then ask what you would do in the situation, how you feel the scenario was handled, etc. With all of your experience with children you will do just fine with both of these areas. I highly recommend the CDA Prep Guide if you don’t already have it. It was a life saver to me through out the entire process.

    Thank you Debra Pierce for having this available for us and being so wonderful at helping us along the way with all of your answers to our questions!


  199. 300 easycda
    September 12, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Thanks for your words of encouragement, Kim! You be sure to come back here and tell us when your CDA comes in the mail! Hurray!

  200. 301 T
    October 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’m wanting to be notified of the exam date. I need any suggestion on websites that can help me prepare for the written exam. Help please?

    • 302 easycda
      October 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

      There is not really any way to determine when, exactly. your exam date will be until the Council Rep calls you and sets the date! If you are able to take a look at a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, you will find 80 practice questions, as well as practice for the Oral Interview.

  201. 303 Kimberly
    October 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I am having trouble findnig the information for PRF #1 i was wandering if anyone could help me locate that information. Ohio- provide a summary of legal requirements in your state regarding child abuse and neglect. Include the contact information for the approciate agency

  202. 304 easycda
    October 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Here is a link to the information you need.
    Also, you might want to visit Prevent Child Abuse Ohio at http://www.pcao.org/

  203. October 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hi I started my cda process last year fall 08 finished the course in feb had the entire process done, waited months to get results back only to find out that my advisor made mistakes on my observation tool. It had to be mailed back within a certain time period and another month went to inform me that my requirments were not met, the date of the letter was Sept. 23 I called on Oct 2 2009 to give a change of address and they told me that my certificate had not been mailed out yet so that was fine and the it was still under review. Well needless to say they had maild it out and I was denied my cda because of weakness in the functioning areas,guidance,learning envirment and others but could not tell me witch one I missed do to sercurity of the assessment, this is not fair I worked so hard for this…. and now all I have to show for all this 12 credits I received from ellis university but no cda certificate award. How can I appeal this and what will it cost me to re-apply for the assessment. I can’t aford this, I work for a corpation daycare that paid for this but I don’t think they are going to do that again so soon. Can you also tell me whats on the observation tool that your advisor has to fill out? I’m so up set.

    • 306 easycda
      October 6, 2009 at 1:42 am

      Yes, you can appeal and have a repeat of your Verification Visit. As far as the Advisor, it’s hard to say what mistake she may have made on your Observation Instrument. She may not have completely filled out the cover information or perhaps did not finish all of the entries or the summary page, and it had to be sent back for completion.
      Unfortunately, when a candidate is not awarded the CDA credential, the Council does not give any specific feedback as to what, exactly, caused the failure. They merely indicate a weakness in one or several Functional Areas, which could be a multitude of things… something wrong with the Professional Resource File, a poorly written Competency Goal Statement, too many items missed on the Early Childhood Studies Review Exam, some poor feedback by the Advisor on the Observation Instrument, or not passing the Oral Interview. This is one of my biggest criticisms of the CDA credentialing process. I feel that in order to improve, a candidate needs some specific feedback to understand what she needs to improve. Otherwise, how is this possible?
      Now, as for you… my advice would be to call the Council and request an appeal for another Verification Visit. In the meantime, have an early childhood professional you know look over your Professional Resource File and your Competency Goal Statements to see if they look all right. If you can get a hold of the The CDA Prep Guide, you can do some additional practice for the 60 question exam and the Oral Interview so your second time around will be successful.

  204. 307 Gayle
    October 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Hello Deb,
    In September of 2007, I completed a Teacher Aide course at Penn Foster.My transcript
    indicates my program is equivalent to 15 CEU’s.One CEU is defined as 10hrs.in an organized
    continuing ed. program.Will Penn Foster be recognized in NY as a qualifying school? I hope
    so. Thank you, Gayle

    • 308 easycda
      October 6, 2009 at 1:46 am

      As long as the subjects covered have to do with early childhood and not elementary school and you have some sort of certificate or transcript indicating you took the course, I’m sure it will be accepted. You will want to get together an outline of what was covered in the course and compare it to the list of required training subjects for CDA to see if any apply.

  205. 309 marcy
    October 6, 2009 at 3:21 am

    i am accepting a job at a child care center. i want to pursue a cda, probably online. can you give me an estimate of the approximate total cost?

    • 310 easycda
      October 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

      First, you will have to consider the cost of your training, which can vary a great deal. You may want to pursue the option of getting your training hours in the form of college credits, since you will probably need a degree to work in child care before long, and your hours will apply towards a degree.
      The second cost would be the CDA Application fee, which is $350.00. And, if you have to pay for a CDA Advisor yourself to conduct the formal observation, it could run another $80-100 for that. If you will be working at least 30 hours a week in the child care center, you may want to look into scholarship opportunities. Find out if your state participates in the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship program, whih will pay for 80% of your training costs, your books, and the application fee.

  206. 311 Berit
    October 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Hello there
    I am working in a Child Development Center in a Government Installation,
    For the Department of Defense .
    We are offered to do our CDA there for free and with a trainer,
    The thing is, I have to pass a interview in order to get approved, to be “worthy” to do the class.
    My question is, what kind of question you think they might as? Just hit me with anything you can think of.
    I am working with a age group of 4-6 year olds.
    Any ideas?

    Thank you for your help,


  207. 312 easycda
    October 6, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I spoke to a friend of mine who is a Trainer in a Government Installation and asked her your question. Here is her reply:

    “First off, it depends on the installation, if it is Army or Airforce. Then it depends on the situation: does the staff have all her modules completed? Does the trainer think that the staff is ready to be a room lead and take charge of a room?… since that is something that the CYS requires us to look for in a staff that we would like to send to the CDA program.

    If I were to interview, I simply talk to my staff about all the requirements for the CDA and what is expected of them and sort of quiz them on what they have learned from their modules. I think that it should be up to the trainer to decide who is ready to take the next step. So it is kind of hard to answer that question. It also depends on how long that staff has worked in the CYS system and how familiar she is with the creative curriculum and Strong beginnings.”

    I hope this helps you,

    • 313 Berit
      October 7, 2009 at 2:43 am

      I am done with my modules for 12 years now, I am working for the Army.
      I just did not ever have the gutts or time to do my CDA.
      I am full-time in a preschool room and the only reason that I can not be fully involved in the strong Beginnings program is because I do not have a degree. So I am working together with the Strong Beginnings teacher on the creative Curriculum. We do also the teacher-parent conferences together so the parents gets an Idea of the whole picture.

      The interviews for the CDA are coming up this week and my lead is pushing me hard to get my CDA done so I can be a part of the Strong beginnings Program. (I think I am ready for it now)
      I am just so scared of the “big wigs” that are coming in to interview to see who has the brains and interest to do the CDA.
      Not sure what they are going to ask and and what the requirements are…
      Thought you might have an idea.
      This site is totally amazing, it took a lot of fear away, of having to take the big step.
      And not just say “I just work here”, but acculrly get the knowledge to back it up.

  208. 314 Deb
    October 7, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Good for you! You will do just fine. Remember to visit here often for help and support, or just Email me. As you being on your CDA journey, you may want to use the CDA Prep Guide for assistance. Good luck with your interview, and keep me posted!

  209. 315 Monica
    October 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I need HELP!! This is my first year in college and I am doing my fieldwork hours. Does your supervisor need to have their CDA as well?? SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASEEE!!

  210. 317 Denise Menesses
    October 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Debra, I have purchased your binder and the prep guide. I also just received my application packet for the center based cda. It is the green packet and second edition. I wanted to ask if you could tell me why all the packets have two of the Preschool Caregivers in Center-Based Programs books. We ordered 11 packets and all have 2 of th esame books.. Also can you please tell me what is the most words you should have for your autobiography? Should it be doubled spaced or not? Thanks


    • 318 easycda
      October 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

      The packets contain 2 of the booklets for you to give one of them to your CDA Advisor. However, since CDA Advisors typically have all the copies they will ever need of these booklets, you can share your spare with someone who is thinking about getting a CDA, or with your Director, so she can fully understand this process.
      Your Autobiography needs to be around 300 words long (but not more than that!)
      Good luck,

    • September 26, 2014 at 12:39 am

      How do I get prep guide and how much

  211. 321 Chelsea
    October 14, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I am just starting to get my CDA and I realized after purchashing a class that I do not have the hours in a licensed daycare or childcare facility. I am a nanny. Am I still able to obtain my CDA? I am going to school to get my AA in Early Childhood Education and have been looking at job postings for preschools realizing that a lot of them require a CDA…but in order to obtain this I need hours in a certified or licensed setting? Is there another way? Can I still get my CDA? What do I do? I’m really confused with all this different information I’m getting.

    • 322 easycda
      October 15, 2009 at 12:42 am

      You will need to show 480 hours of time in a child care program for your CDA. You also have to be working with young children at the time of application, because you will have to be observed working with them. Most of the time, if you are actively working on a CDA, employers will hire you, knowing you will have one soon. If you are working on an AA in early childhood, they should be even more willing to hire you.

  212. 323 Denise Menesses
    October 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Deb, I don’t want to sound like a pain in the butt but I had my cda class last night and my teacher was reading and checking over our autobiographys and some , like my own was 500 words and she said that was great. I was wondering if that is way to long? Thanks

    • 324 easycda
      October 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      Denise, Yes, it is too long. In fact, the CDA Rep may well deduct points if it is over 300 words. Tell your instructor to be sure to read the instructions in the CDA Assessment System and Competency Standards booklet for writing the Autobiography. She is not doing anyone any favors by being misinformed. Deb

      • 325 Denise Menesses
        October 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

        Thanks so much for the information. There are quite a few things that our teacher says that is differnet from what you say in the prep guide. I am so confused. Under goal 1 can we just print the summary of legal requirements for neglect and abuse off the internet? Also #4 states we need a sample of our weekly lesson plan and it has to include accommodations for children with special needs. Can you please let us know what we actually need to complete this area. Our teacher stated that all we needed was a copy of our daily lesson plan and thats all. Thanks again

  213. October 16, 2009 at 12:39 am

    The information about child abuse has to be from your particular state. And then, you have to explain the particular child abuse reporting policies that are used at your specific program where you work.
    As for the lesson plan, you can use the lesson plan you usually use at your center, as long as it provides the information asked for (see the Prep Guide for details and help). Then, you must include accommodations for a child who has special needs, either an actual child you have in your program, or a fictional one.
    My advice for you would be to take what the instructor tells you to do and then cross check it with the Prep Guide… you want to do this the right way so your CDA will not be jeopardized.

  214. 327 Denise Menesses
    October 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Deb, Under comp. goal 1 #3 we have to give a name and contact of an agency on nutrition. I wanted to know if we have to print our the entire page from the internet or just print the name and contact information ONLY

  215. October 20, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Just the name of the agency, the address, and the person(s) to contact for information. This should be a local agency in your area.

  216. 329 Denise Menesses
    October 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Deb, I did buy my binder from you but I ws wondering if we have to put our name on every page.


  217. 331 Laura
    October 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Hi Deb I love this, I think it is a great help to future candidates that are interested in getting their CDA credential, wonderful. I do have a question, I was approved by the Council to be a CDA advisor, so I have been receiving a lot of calls from teachers wanting me to do the CDA assessment which is the one provided by the CDA Council Representative,these are two different roles so I wonder If I can do it since I am already approved by the council or I have to do the training they mention on the CDA website? Thanks, Your help is very much appreciated.

    • 332 easycda
      October 28, 2009 at 2:19 am

      Hi, Laura… and thanks. If you want to be a CDA Rep and conduct Verification Visits, you have to through a full-day training to become certified. At first, you will only be allowed to conduct visits with preschool candidates. After you have some experience, you can apply to be certified in other settings. The Council’s website lists upcoming trainings. The Council Rep also has to attend periodic refresher trainings. Hope this helps!

  218. 333 PLEASE HELP
    November 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm


    • 334 easycda
      November 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

      For this Resource File Item, you will find some information on an early childhood professional organization, such as the national Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). You can find the required information by visiting their website (naeyc.org). Another organization would be the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) and information is available on the website nafcc.org. The articles asked for can be also found on the Internet.

  219. 335 Lana
    November 6, 2009 at 11:27 am

    How long does it take for the Council to review and notify if I pass or not?

  220. 338 Deb
    November 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Not at all. Call and ask!

  221. November 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I have completed all the steps for the CDA and just heard from the representative that they will be scheduling my assessment visit later this month. I know I will have to take a 2 hour multiple question test and be orally interviewed. Is there any place online that has practice tests that I can try to make sure I am totally prepared for the written test. Even though it is multiple choice …… Im not a great test taker and think practicing will help me alot.


    • 340 easycda
      November 16, 2009 at 12:07 am

      First of all, it is not a “2 hour test.” Given you’ve had a good deal of training and you have experience working with young children, it will probably take you no more than 30-45 minutes to complete this multiple choice test. About practice… try to get a hold of a copy of The CDA Prep Guide. It has 75 practice questions, as well as practice scenarios for the Oral Interview. Good luck with your Verification Visit… and keep us posted!

  222. 341 Denise Menesses
    November 16, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Hey Deb I am having trouble starting Goal #5 In writing the goal am I acting as the director and how to run my daycare or as a teacher in my class. I am getting different answers. Please clear this up for me . thanks

    • 342 easycda
      November 16, 2009 at 3:52 am

      Denise, This entire process is about you, the CDA candidate and what you are doing in your program. It has nothing whatsoever to do with your director. You will prove your competency in program management by telling what you do to maintain an efficient, well-run classroom. Example: Take anecdotal records on your children, have parent-teacher conferences, prepare lesson plans, etc. Deb

  223. 343 Jessica
    November 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I’m having a hard time finding an observation tool to use in recording information about children’s behavior. Does anyone know where I can obtain one? Thank you!

    • 344 easycda
      November 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm

      You can use a simple anecdotal record form to do this. If you don’t have one, try to get a hold of a copy of The CDA Prep Guide. I have one included in the book. You will need 2 copies… one filled out and one blank, to put in your Resource File.

  224. 345 Denise Menesses
    November 23, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Hey Deb, almost finished.Thank goodness. First I want to thank you again for all your help. I am doing resource # 13 and I am having some trouble finding the section that describes the requirements for the teachers and their responsibilities. I see alot about the director or asst. director but not the teacher. Can you please help me? Also the 2 important requirements related to my job responsibilites should come from that list right?
    Thanks again,

  225. 346 Tamara
    November 24, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I was wondering what all do I send in with my application? Just the application fee and the completed application?

    • 347 easycda
      November 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      You will also need to send in proof of your 120 clock hours of training (transcripts, certificates, etc.), a description of the content of your training hours, verification from your employer(s) of having 480 hours of work with young children over the last 5 years, and the application fee.

  226. 348 Denise Menesses
    November 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hey Deb, almost finished.Thank goodness. First I want to thank you again for all your help. I am doing resource # 13 and I am having some trouble finding the section that describes the requirements for the teachers and their responsibilities. I see alot about the director or asst. director but not the teacher. Can you please help me? Also the 2 important requirements related to my job responsibilites should come from that list right?
    Thanks again,

  227. 349 Sara Raloff
    November 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I have got my CDA I am 18yrs and it was not easy but it was worth it so I just wanted to drop by and say if you feel like your over whelmed its worth it in the end so keep going ^_^

    • 350 easycda
      November 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks for your words of encouragement! I think may people working on their CDA start to doubt themselves and there is no reason for it. All of them have lots of experience working with young children and have just finished 120 clock hours (or more) of good training! Have confidence in yourself!
      Thanks again!

  228. 351 dar
    December 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    hello i need your help. i have taking the cda test but i fell it so this my 2nd time taking this test agin so i am going to take the oral.so can give me some tips on wath to do now so i wont fell this agin. i have the cda prep guide book

    • 352 easycda
      December 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

      Since the Council really does not indicate exactly what part of the process you failed, it is hard to know what to do better! My advice to you would be to go through your Professional Resource File along with the Prep Guide and make sure it is assembled and written exactly as indicated. Then, I would do the same with the Competency Goal Statements, making sure they are written and formatted correctly. Also, go over the practice test and the Oral Interview practice in the Prep Guide. You may also want an early childhood professional to look over all of your materials before you have your second Verification Visit. It is too bad you did not have the Prep Guide when you prepared the first time for your CDA.
      Good luck to you and let me know if I can help further.

  229. 353 Lana
    December 16, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Hi Deb,

    It’s been about 8 weeks since I heard from CDA and not receive anything in the mail. So, I decided to call last week Monday and check on my status….Congratulations you passed! was the response. Although I got verbal confirmation, I am still waiting on my certificate. Anyway, I want to give all those who are worried or are having anxiety…do not worry! Have faith in yourself and remember all the things you learned, researched, and observed. You can do it!

    • 354 easycda
      December 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks for the encouraging words! I know there is always anxiety about what will happen… and you helped ease it for many, I’m sure! Deb

  230. 355 Kim
    December 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm


    I had the same situation. Four of us in my preschool did our CDA at the same time. All 3 of the others received their certificate in the mail in less than a week of taking the test and oral interview. All of ours were sent out at the same time by the same CDA Validator. It was two months before I heard anything. I kept calling and they just kept telling me it was in review. And then finally the last time I called they told me congratulations I had passed. But it still took almost another 2 weeks before I actually received my certificate in the mail. It was getting very frustrating and I was a nervous wreck that I hadn’t passed for some reason because they all received theirs so quickly. But the council told me it was just a matter of how they came in and put in the stack of those received.

    • 356 easycda
      December 16, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      That had to be nerve-wracking situation for you to be in! I would have wondered, too! I’m glad you were persistent and called to find out. And, it is very true… even materials received the very same day can be put into different stacks and are reviewed at different times. I guess candidates just need to keep positive and think happy thoughts! Deb

  231. 357 sharon
    December 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Hi, my name is Sharon and I just received my phone call to take my test on the 16 of next month. I’m very nervous and worried about the oral test and the written test. I been working in child care over at least 13 years so 8 kinda know what to do. Can any one give me some good advice and tell me about the questions on the test are they all common sense

    • 358 easycda
      December 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

      Yes, the questions will be common sense… especially for someone who has 13 years of experience working with young children! You have also just completed 120 clock hours of training, which will help. The multiple choice test is a generic one, geared to all ages, birth through 5 yrs. The oral interview will cover only the ages of children in your particular setting.
      Good luck to you and be sure to come back to the blog to let us know how everything went for you!

  232. 359 Elaine
    December 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Wow I’m so glad I stumbled in here! I already hold an FCCPC/CDA credential in Florida but wanted to have my National CDA as well. I tend to stress badly when it comes to oral interviews..I freeze! And I agonize over how to format things for formal review! Any help or pointers would be appreciated.

    • 360 easycda
      January 6, 2010 at 2:50 am

      This is not a difficult interview. You are merely asked questions about a hypothetical early childhood situation… you will make comments about what is happening, good or bad, and suggest ways of doing somethings better. If you can get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, I have sample interview situations that are very similar to those you will encounter. I have included hints about how what to look for in the scenarios and how to answer.

  233. 361 Rosanna
    January 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Hello, I am very interested in opening a family home daycare in Washington State. I have no idea on how to get started. Do I take Childcare classes first? I have no clue what to do. Thank you for any help!

    • 362 easycda
      January 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      You will need to check with your state’s family and social services department to find out the requirements for operating a family child care home. Most states have a packet of materials for new providers and sometimes classes to get you started. I believe in your state, you will need at least a CDA for licensing.

  234. 363 britney
    January 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I was just wondering what people thought of the cda class and if they liked it.also i was wondering…does a cda also qualify someone to work with children with disabilities?? thats my over all goal . so if i take my cda am i heading in the right direction????

    • 364 easycda
      January 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      I guess the answer to your first question depends on where the CDA class is taken and what format individual people prefer. At our college, we teach CDA classes both face-to-face in a classroom and also as online courses. I would have to say the majority of our students really enjoy the learning process, because more than 90% of them go on towards a degree in early childhood. Training is both practical and enriching. You can put into practice the skills and ideas you learn in class immediately and you are also left with knowledge that is built on your existing understandings and abilities.

      In choosing your training venue, make sure you do your homework… make sure the training is accepted by the Council for Professional Recognition (the agency that awards the CDA credential… some training agencies provide courses they say are accepted, but may not be). You may want to take classes that will be accepted towards a degree, in the event you want to continue your education beyond a CDA. No sense in taking training that is a dead end and holds no further value other than the acquisition of a CDA.

      If you take courses online, take them from a respected agency, such as a community college or a provider you have checked out thoroughly. Some of these companies you find on the Internet offering online courses provide little human support (if any), with the student merely reading through screens and taking automated quizzes. In my opinion, this is not a optimal way of learning and I do not recommend it. What IS valuable is liberal contact with a real live instructor with individualized help and feedback on assignments, and opportunities for sharing and networking with classmates. If an online course provider does not offer these things or tells you it’s not necessary, move on. On my website, I address online training in more detail in the Newsletter section. I invite CDA students to jump on here and share how they felt about their CDA training.

      As far as your goal of working with children with disabilities… first you must become qualified to work with all children, and in most states, the entry level requirement for doing so is a CDA… so yes, you would definitely be headed in the right direction by earning this credential.

  235. 365 Gerri Klotz
    January 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I am so happy to have found this site. The council is closed and I am kinda freaking out a tad. I earned my CDA in September 2006 and recently moved to TX where I am a Director. I received my TX Director’s license which is good for life so I did not think I needed my CDA any longer. I miss teaching terribly and while it is not required here, I really want it current. Am I understanding your previous posts correctly when I read I can still renew it??? Even if it already expired? Thank you for any direction given!

  236. 366 Elaine
    January 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I’ve ordered your CDA prep guide but since its not here yet maybe someone can help me..I’m having the worst time with Competency Goal One, Functional Area 3: Learning Environments..It doesnt flow , I can not seem to get out anything that makes sense with it. I hate being flustered and frustrated..maybe someone could help with some starting pointers? Advice? Thanks in advance.

    • 367 easycda
      January 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      What you write for that Competency Goal Statement will depend on your setting… center-based infant/toddler or center-based preschool or family child care. You will provide examples of how your child care environment is set up, what kinds of activities you provide. etc. If you are a preschool setting, you will just provide examples for the general group of children you have. If you are Infant/Toddler, you will need to break down your examples into young infants. mobile infants, and toddlers. If you are family child care, you will need to break down your examples into infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. (This breakdown for Infant/Toddler and Family Child Care will need to be done for all of the Competency Goal Statements, not just this one). This will all make sense once you get the CDA Prep Guide. Why not wait to continue until you receive it!

  237. 368 Elaine
    January 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you I’ll wait for the book. I do appreciate your help so much!!!

  238. 370 Elaine
    January 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    While looking around online I saw the Online CDA Assessment option, how would I enroll for that? I looked at the council website but didn’t see how to enroll for that.I already have my application packet, working on the competency statements and sending out my parent questionairres, my observation will be done very soon. I’m thinking if I can do the assessment online instead of oral interview,etc. that it may calm my anxiety over oral interview and testing.

  239. January 20, 2010 at 2:50 am

    There is currently no online option. The Council has been working on this idea for a couple years, but there have been some glitches that have prevented it from being launched. It is difficult to have an online option and still maintain the integrity of the credential. There still needs to be involvement of a Council Representative to evaluate the Professional Resource File and conduct the Verification Visit, so although an entirely online option sounds attractive, it certainly could not easily be accomplished. On my website, I have promised updates on this issue as they occur on the Newsletter page. I don’t, however, see this coming any time soon. Therefore, continue to prepare yourself for the traditional process… I assure you, it isn’t as nerve-wracking as you imagine. Having experience working with young children and your training hours completed, you should relax and prepare to be successful!

  240. 372 Elaine
    January 20, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Deb your so kind, very calming. Thank you. The website I stumbled onto said that NAEYC had a huge convention (not sure if it were 07 or 08) and that the online Assessment had been unveiled..that was why I was excited. I certainly hope my verification visitor is as kind and calming as you are. I thank you for all of your help thus far! I’m so thankful everyday that I stumbled in here!

  241. 373 Melissa
    January 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I recived my CDA in october and have quit my job since then. They will not give me my CDA how can i get a new copy? I dont care what I have to pay I just want my CDA.

    • 374 easycda
      January 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      You should call the Council for Professional Recognition (1-800-424-4310) and tell them you need a duplicate copy of your credential. You can say it was destroyed or unavailable to you, or whatever. They should be able to send you another copy of the certificate. I do not think there would be a fee for this, but I am not sure… it seems everything has a fee involved somehow today!

  242. January 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Deb!

    In a few months (May 2010) I will receive my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. I am so excited as it has been a long road. I currently own and operate a family day home which is approaching its fourth year. While I love working with children, my passion is actually coaching early childhood teachers/workers. I have been approached by a former college instructor and asked if I would serve as a trainer for prospective family day home providers in my home. Also, within the next few weeks I will be applying as a teacher for a local adult education school. They offer several early childhood classes for parents and individuals seeking a CDA. My question to you is this, how can I become a CDA Advisor or just more knowlegable about the CDA process. I don’t need it in order to lead a class but I may receive questions about that process. I think I have a good basic understanding about it but I just need to know if there is more. Thanks!

    • 376 easycda
      February 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      You need to attend a CDA Advisor training that is often offered by the Council at prominent early childhood conferences, such as your state AEYC conference. You can go to their website to see if there are going to be any up-coming trainings in your area. First, however, you will need to get some time under your belt working with adults in a training position, as the Council requires a certain amount of time doing that before a person can be an Advisor.
      I conduct CDA Advisor trainings and if you get enough people in your area who are also interested, I would be happy to work out a workshop to train everyone.

  243. 377 Michelle
    February 6, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Deb, I have now received my labels (thank you for taking care of that). I’m just about done gathering all the materials to put into my resource binder and I’m wondering how much “flair” I can add. I have scrapbook paper for the front cover and side of the binder. Should I limit it to that or could I add some color for pages with just headings and such on them, things like that. Maybe something with transparent color to jazz it up without being so much that you can’t read what’s on the page?

    I just want it to be more than white paper with black writing.


    • 378 easycda
      February 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      The Council has asked that candidates compile a PROFESSIONAL resource file. As such, it can have a creative cover and binder spine (tastefully done and not overboard), but the inner pages should be left black on white. As this is YOUR binder, once the Verification Visit is over, you can “flair it up” all you want… but not before it has been reviewed by the Council Rep.

  244. 379 Elaine
    February 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Deb I have a question about the weekly lesson plan, we have a Christain based preschool and Jesus time is included in our lesson plans. We have 20 minutes per day to discuss our Jesus story of the day and once a week we are in chapel for 20 minutes. I don’t really want to leave it out of the planning activity but should I? And as for the adaptations I could not think of a thing for that in the Jesus time section…thanks for your help.

    • 380 easycda
      February 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      You should not have to worry about this. The Advisor will be aware of the fact that yours is a Christian preschool. I would not, however, plan to do any Bible worksheets during the observation (if this is something that is typically done). Instead, find another way to present the material… hands-on, rather than worksheets, which are not developmentally appropriate for preschoolers.

  245. 381 Lakeya Brown
    February 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hi I’m taking my cda classes now and I’m find it hard to find research for my home work I surf the net but you know it gives you so many articles to lokk at.Where can I find research at.

    • 382 easycda
      February 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      The Internet is an awesome research tool, but it can be overwhelming. For assignments, you want to find material that comes from respected sources and a general search on Google will bring up some of those, but also thousands of not-so-respected sources! If you have access to a research database at the library (either at a college or public library), you can search databases specifically geared to education. If you must use Google to search, be sure to use Google Scholar… another form of Google, but one which limits the search results to scholarly articles and leaves out all the rest of the search “garbage!”

  246. 383 gail S.
    February 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Hi, I working on my CDA and have a few questions. On number 14, review two or three national early childhood assocations to obtain about membership. Do I have to join these assocations?

    • 384 easycda
      February 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      No, you don’t have to join… just get on their websites and locate some information about membership. Good places to visit would be naeyc.org and nafcc.org
      At some point, as an early childhood professional, you will want to join one of these, and it will be required when it comes time to renew your CDA.

  247. 385 Shameka E.
    February 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hi, first of all, great website and useful information!
    Okay, I am struggling with this one thing concerning my CDA required documentations. I just completed my observation w/an advisor. I was filling out the application packet to be sent off with the $325 and I see it has a space where I am suppose to document in detail how many hours in each area I received. From my understanding, I thought my certificate of completion would be proof of my required hours/training. I took the training back in 2006 and has moved since then. I no longer have my class syllabus where I can know exactly how many hours in each area I took. Now, I am thinking I wont be able to even receive my CDA because of this. I only have the certificate. It also asks for the address and phone number. I dont have anyway of knowing this!!So Im asking what can I do about this?? Are my chances of receiving a CDA out the window? 😦

    • 386 easycda
      February 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      I don’t think your chances have gone out the window just yet! I would still try to contact the training source (wherever it has moved) for some rudimentary information about the courses you took, if they have them. Otherwise, type up the name of each course, to the best of your recollection, with a short description of what was covered. Then, using this list of training courses, make sure you designate at least 10 hours to each of the required training areas that are listed on your application form. If you need help with this, you can email me that list of courses and descriptions that you create and I can help you designate the hours into the correct areas.
      When you send in your application, you will staple your certificate to the listing of courses.

      • 387 Shameka
        February 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I put in hours trying to google the agency/instructor’s name. I finally came across a flyer of theirs advertising upcoming CDA classes. Dialed the number, and without luck, whomever made the flyer was off by a number or two because some elderly lady answere, LOL! I decided to google the address on the flyer and was directed to a childcare center site. I dialed the center’s number and to my luck, the young lady on the other end gave me a number to the instructor. WHew!!! So to make a long story short, the instructor took my address down to mail me a copy of the syllabus. I also made her aware of the incorrect number listed on the flyer. I will give her to Friday, 2/19/2010 for it to be in my mailbox. If it hasnt arrived by then, I will definitely shoot you an email because I will have to have it in BEFORE the deadline!!!!

      • 388 easycda
        February 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

        Your good detective work seems to be paying off! Good luck and keep me posted! This may be some good advice for others taking courses or training. Not only keep your certificates, but also the training descriptions so you will be able to properly complete the application for indicating the training in each of the required subject areas.

  248. 389 Ginni
    February 18, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I have kind of a long question. I have been working at a daycare for over 2 years. I have worked for a little while with 3 year olds but most of my time has been with 2 year olds. I wanted the preschool CDA but since I have my hours in the 2 year olds, I am thinking about switching to the infant/toddler CDA and getting a second setting later. I have all of my hours for the infant/toddler setting and I am working on my classes. I should have all of my classes done before the end of this summer. My daycare center is supposed to be moving me in May to be a volunteer with the school. Can I do my observations and send out the parent questionnaires, around April, before I finish my classes in July. I will still be subbing in the nursery. So I will still be able to do the infant/toddler CDA even if I am only subbing in that age? I will not have the actual job position of a 2 year old teacher anymore but I will still be working with them on a regular basis. If I can get my infant/toddler CDA then all I need is to complete the 40 hours of additional training I think. I have over 60 hours working with 3 year olds from before I worked with the 2 year olds about 1 1/2 years ago.

    • 390 easycda
      July 28, 2010 at 2:01 am

      Ginni, As long as you are working with that age group it doesn’t matter whether you are volunteering or are actually getting paid for it. Remember that the Parent Questionnaires and the Observation Instrument cannot be dated any older than 6 months of the time you send in your Application form. Deb

  249. 391 Sue
    February 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Last April I was here, nervously asking you a question about my CDA and why I was late being contacted. I am happy to say I have since received my CDA : ) My question this time: It’s my first renewal (within 3 years I understand). Is it 4.5 CEU’s that I’ll need or has that changed? Is there anything specific that I’ll need? My friend and I have been attending workshops versus the alternative of taking a class at the community college. The school I work at does provide CEU’s, and administration strongly suggests that we attend all professional days along with the teachers. Because of budget constraints, the school is not as willing to send us to outside workshops, and of course, because of these professional days and the offered CEU’s. I’m unsure whether or not the CEU’s for certain topics they offer are going to be allowed/counted for our CDA renewal. What is appropriate and what is not, or rather, what is the CDA renewal looking for as far as required training subjects? Is there a breakdown like the one with the original CDA application. My school is PreK – 8 and there are some topics that are just not PreK material, rather beginning at Kindergarten level. I’m just not comfortable with this and would like to have my facts before I can address this with them. I worked too long and hard to be in the place that I am, and to have to miss out on the renewal process because I didn’t have the correct training and start from scratch is NOT something I want to relive. Also, there are books that Applebaum Training Institute offers with clock hours ie “How to Handle Hard to Handle Parents” …. the list goes on. Will that be acceptable? This book in particular actually mentions the CDA. I understand we also have to become a member in a national /local early childhood organization. Does this mean within the first year of receiving the CDA or as long as I am a member by time I renew? Is there a form for the CDA renewal that I need to send for, or do they automatically send that to us? Any information you can share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • February 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      Trainings are acceptable ss long as the training has to do with early childhood (Kindergarten is ok, since CDA covers birth through 5) and you have certificates of completion showing that you have had the training hours. There is no breakdown of hours needed for this training, as long as you have at least 4.5 CEUs or 45 clock hours of training (which equates to one 3-credit hour course). You can take the online training courses, as long as they are approved by the Council. You should call and check to make sure before paying your money. You might want to look into Eager to Learn (eagertolearn.org). Their courses are approved.
      Here is the listing of renewal requirements:
      All CDA Renewal Candidates must meet the following five criteria:

      1. Documented proof of a current Red Cross or other agency First Aid Certificate.
      2. Documented proof of at least 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or a three-credit-hour course in early childhood education/child development, principles of adult learning, mental health counseling, etc. These hours must be in addition to the original 120 clock hours required when the Candidate obtained the CDA Credential. Bilingual CDAs must meet this requirement with coursework incorporating bilingual issues.
      3. Documented proof of recent (within past year) work experience with young children or families of young children (a minimum of 80 hours).
      4. A completed Letter of Recommendation Form regarding the CDA’s competence with young children prepared by an Early Childhood Education Professional.
      5. Documented proof (within current year) of membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization. (This would be an organization such as NAEYC or NAFCC)
      There is also a renewal fee that must accompany your application.

      You will need to call the Council to order a Renewal Packet, It costs $18. with shipping.
      I congratulate you on being on the ball with this. I can’t tell you how many CDAs contact me saying they’ve forgotten to renew or waited too long and now their credential is expired and worthless.

  250. 393 Michelle
    February 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm


    I’m back with another question. I’m filling out the application for verification visit and on the part about the training hours it says I must have documentation. Do they want copies sent with the application or is that just put together for the verification visitor?

    • 394 easycda
      February 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      You must send your official transcripts or certificates of training with the application form, along with descriptions of each of the trainings or courses. If this is not received with your application, it will be disregarded.

  251. 395 Carla Bolivar
    February 25, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I obtained my CDA in March 2007 and wanted to know when do it expires and what do I have to do to renew it.

    • 396 easycda
      February 25, 2010 at 2:17 am

      If you got your CDA in March of 2007, it will expire next month. You must renew within three years for the first renewal. So, you would hardly have any time to renew it by then. Luckily, the Council provides a 2-year grace period, so you have until March of 2012. However, you should get busy and renew now and not wait until then. If you scroll down a bit on this page, you can see where I listed the requirements for renewal for Sue. You need to call the Council for a renewal packet tomorrow. I want to reiterate… for everyone who reads this… do NOT count on a grace period for your renewal. Get going well before the actual expiration date of the CDA to play it safe. The first renewal is 3 years and then every renewal after that is 5 years. I have had way too many people contact me saying they meant to renew and then waited until the end of the grace period… and again forgot about it. Result: an expired, worthless CDA. When that happens, everything has to be done over, including all the training. Who wants THAT to happen?

  252. 397 Tara
    February 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I am working on my cda. The daycare i work at gave me a dead line of march 1st. So monday i plan to send in the stuff. I am confused as to what I am suppose to send in..

    Do I only send in
    – The direct assessment application
    – The assessment fee
    – Training verification

    Is that all i send in?

    And also what is the training verification?

    Thank you =]

    • 398 easycda
      February 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      You need to send in all you listed, plus verification that you have worked at least 480 with young children within the past 5 years… a letter from your director would do. The training verification is the certificates or transcripts showing you have had at least 120 clock hours of training, plus a description of each of the courses or trainings. with a breakdown of the hours so you have at least 10 hours in each of the required subject areas. If you send all of this in tomorrow, you have missed the Council’s March1 deadline, which means you probably will not have your verification visit until after June or July sometime.

  253. 399 gail S.
    March 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I sent my application for my CDA Feb. 26. I sent it overnight so they would recieve it on Feb. 27 do you think I made the deadline? Also I made a mistake I forgot to send my verification that I have worked at least 480 with children in the last 5 years, what can I do now? Please help?

    • March 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      You will probably get notice from the Council to send in this missing piece, which may cause your application to be held over until the next deadline, which is June 1.

  254. 401 Tamara
    March 5, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I was wondering how long will it take for me to get my binder once I ordered it,

    • 402 easycda
      March 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

      I really depends on where it is being shipped, but typically they arrive the same week they are ordered… but only if you do one important thing… When ordering, you will be instructed to send me an email indicating your CDA setting (center-based infant/toddler or center-based preschool or family child care)and the name you would like printed on the front of the binder. It cannot be assembled until I have this information. The inserts are different for each of the three settings. I always send a reminder Email, but as you can see, this can delay the whole process.

  255. 403 Evelin L Curry
    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    The cda is about putting information together and also what else can I do to do better for my CDA. I am doing Familychildcare and also I am attending college for My Early Childhood Administration For MY Bachelors. This is my first time to do My CDA please Help.

    • 404 easycda
      March 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      The CDA is more than putting information together… it is about proving your competency in working with young children, through taking coursework, being observed in your workplace by an Advisor, writing 6 essays describing your work with children, taking an exam, getting feedback on your performance from the parents in your program, and participating in an oral interview with a Council Representative. The best preparation I can suggest is to be sure to conduct a self-study on your own performance in the classroom and also the classroom environment, using the CDA Observation Instrument that comes with the Application Packet. This is the same instrument the Advisor will use for the formal observation. It is always a great idea to know what the Advisor will be looking for and grading you on. That way, you can make adjustments or corrections before the actual observation. In the process, you will be making improvements to your teaching and teaching environment… and everybody benefits from that, especially the children you teach!

  256. 405 Heather Arrowood
    March 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Hi,I am going though the class now. And I am running in to some problms.Since I am not in a center any more. 1) Can I still go though PAkeys or teach for my funds to send my ending paper work. 2) And the parent qustion paper can I get away with one parent paper or do I have to go and have the parent from my old center to fill them out. What other problems will I run in to since I am nt in a center anymore. And what can i do. Thank you.

    • 406 easycda
      March 16, 2010 at 1:52 am

      You have to be working with young children in order to earn a CDA. You have to be observed working with young children by a CDA Advisor. Your Competency Goal Statements were based on the group of children and the program in which you were working, as is your Professional Resource File. I would suggest you plan to have the Advisor observe you back at your old center, with the same group of children. You will need to pass out as many questionnaires as there are families in that class and you must get back at least 75% of them. How close are you to your formal observation?

  257. 407 Brandi
    March 18, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I’m currently working towards getting my cda and am having a hard time with resource file #6. I understand the 3 learning experiences for each different age groups and already have that information together. What I don’t understand is teaching strategies. Can you explain to me what I’m being asked to do?


    • 408 easycda
      March 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      You will create a page for each activity…name of activity, materials, procedures for the activity. Then, you will explain how each is a creative activity, a cognitive activity, and a physical activity. For example…

      Activity for Three-year-olds
      Playdough Fun
      Materials: playdough of different colors, plastic spoons, wood cylinders, plastic forks
      Procedures: Give each child a piece of playdough and the utensils on a clean table, allowing open ended creations.
      This is a creative activity because the children can make anything they would like from the playdough.
      This is a cognitive activity because the children can recognize and name the different colors of playdough, count balls of playdough they make, talk about how the playdough feels, and the shapes they make.
      This is a physical activity because the children will be using their small motor skills to manipulate the playdough and the utensils.

      You will repeat this for each of the activities. For further examples and support, see The CDA Prep Guide.

    • 409 easycda
      July 28, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Brandi, You will create 3 learning activities for each age group. For each activity you will describe the materials needed, the procedures of the activity, and then explain how each supports cognitive, creative, and physical development. Deb

  258. 410 Elaine
    March 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hi! I sent in my packet to the council Feb. 22nd, it arrived the 23rd. Is it unusual not to have heard anything so far?

    • 411 easycda
      March 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Yes, it is not unusual because you have submitted your materials for the March 1 deadline… which means your Verification Visit probably will not take place until April or May. (The Council schedules these quarterly).

  259. March 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I live in Tennessee. I am taking on-line classes to get my A.S. DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. I also want to get a CDA certificate. How can I get a certificate? I really dont understand what I have to do. I dont work for a daycare or center. Am I still eligable to get a certificate?

    • 413 easycda
      March 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      You have to be actively working with young children to go through the CDA process, because you will need to be observed by a CDA Advisor. However, when you finish your degree and begin employment, you can then go ahead and begin on the CDA process. The CDA Council requires you have at least 480 hours of experience working with young children (which is about equivalent to 3 months, full time). The training hours needed for the CDA would be the same as the courses you are taking for your degree, so no further classwork would be needed. It would be wise to go ahead and get this credential, because it is competency-based and will look good on your resume. As an example… if two applicants were to be applying for an early childhood position, one with an associate degree and one with both an associate degree AND a CDA, an employer would probably choose the applicant with both.

  260. 414 sheila
    March 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    In respect to the comment about verification of 480 hours of work with children, I may have misread the application I submitted, it asked me to check box to state I had completed this but there was nothing on form to request a written document of proof…..I submitted by application for March 1 deadline…have not heard anything yet. I hope tehy will not reject my apll and loose the 325.00 fee.

    • March 31, 2010 at 12:19 am

      In your CDA Assessment System and Competency Standards booklet (the yellow or green or blue one, depending on your setting), the requirements are clearly listed. One of them is that a candidate must have at least 480 hours of work with children. Whenever the word “must” is used, you can assume they will want verification. It is hard to say whether or not you will get your application back and a call from the Council asking for verification. They will not lose your application fee, but things may get held up. As for not “hearing anything yet,” you probably won’t hear anything until April, May, or June.

  261. 416 Elaine
    March 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I to am like Sheila, I checked off that I had completed 480 hours and I do have documentation but it did not ask me to submit that. How can we check the status of our applications?

    • 417 easycda
      March 31, 2010 at 12:22 am

      You can call the Council and ask about the status of your application. (1-800-424-4310)

    • 418 Jackie
      January 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Hi, I am interested in knowing what happened with this. I also did not know I was supposed to send in documentation of 480 hours with the application. I actually called the CDA office before sending it in and she listed other things I needed to send, but not that. Since it has been a year almost that you posted this, I assume everything has worked out for you, but I would love to know if you had to mail something in or if it delayed your progress. Thank you for your help!

      • 419 Deb Pierce
        January 14, 2012 at 1:57 am

        I always suggest students show proof of the 480 hours… just a letter signed by your director would do.

  262. 420 Samantha
    April 7, 2010 at 3:03 am

    i just finished completeing my 120 hours for the cda course, but im question is , what will the final test be like? what can i do to help me study for the teast besides the reading of the essenals book? do i need to know definition of certain words or anthing along those lines? i know i have learned a lot taking this class, i just want to be sure i have focused on whats going to be on teh test as well.

    • 421 easycda
      April 7, 2010 at 3:21 am

      The test will be 60 questions, multiple choice and will cover topics about children birth to 5 years. If you would like to prepare with some practice, try to get a hold of The CDA Prep Guide… there are 75 practice questions, as well as practice scenarios for the Oral Interview. After going over all of those, you should feel very prepared!

  263. 422 Jessika
    April 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hi i am working on my cda and i am almost done but i have one question i am doing my job requirements and i was wondering if i have to explain why i pick those 2 specifically
    thank you

    • 423 easycda
      April 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      No, you don’t have to explain why you chose those 2 to comment on. You do have to explain why those 2 requirements from the state licensing regulations are important to the work that you do with young children.

  264. April 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    hi, i dont have time to mail out for the prep test for the verification visit i was just informed it will be next week is there any other place i can look into to prepare for the visit?

    • 425 easycda
      April 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      Go to your local library or bookstore and get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide. There is a 75 question practice test and also practice for your Oral Interview. I ‘m sure you will find this very helpful as you prepare for your Verification Visit!

  265. 426 easycda
    April 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Packet is good, but any of your documentation (parent questionnaires, observation instrument, competency goal statements, and some of the resource file items) may be out of date. Six months is the shelf life on those. And remember that your training hours are only good for 5 years, so try to step it up and finish your CDA!

  266. April 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    i am on my way to the store thank you, now that it is i am getting nervouse i ordered your binder and it is helpful. does the person conducting the visit take the binder or just copies of the compentency goals and autobiography?

    • 428 easycda
      May 4, 2010 at 1:24 am

      No one takes your binder. The Council Rep will only take copies of your Competency Goal Statements and Autobiography.

  267. 429 shirlei
    April 26, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hi, I want to take the preschool cda, I have some day care experience, but I am not working at the moment. Can I still take the course? and who can qualify to be my advisor?


    • 430 easycda
      May 4, 2010 at 1:28 am

      You don’t have to be working in child care while taking your 120 clock hours of training, but you will need to be actively working with young children during the CDA process after your training, because you will have to be observed in the workplace with young children. You will also have to show proof of having worked with young children at least 480 hours within the past five years. I’m not sure “some day care experience” will be enough. The CDA Advisor must have at least a CDA herself, but preferably at least an Associate degree in child development/early childhood, with experience working with adults. The full list of qualifications are in the CDA booklet from the Council and I have a chapter on the CDA Advisor in my book, The CDA Prep Guide.

    • 431 easycda
      July 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      You don’t need to be working in child care while taking your training, but will need to be actively working in the field once you start the CDA process, since you have to be observed working with young children. You will also need at least 480 hours experience. Do you currently have that much?

  268. 432 kelly
    April 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hi I would like to earn my CDA in order to become a director. Do you know if I then still have to choose an age group (infant or preschool) or can I just take 120 hours of Admin. courses that are offered through CARE Courses? I will be starting work at a daycare on June 1 (I’ve been working in daycares though since I was 17) as a floater and possible toddler teacher (has yet to be decided). But, for the fall, and potentially starting in the summer if I can find it, I would like to work as an Asst. Director and work my way up to director in a year or so. Oh, and I have a BA in history already.
    Thank you so much!

    • 433 easycda
      May 4, 2010 at 1:36 am

      You will need to get your CDA in one of the 2 settings: infant/toddler or preschool. You will choose the setting in which you will be working in this daycare beginning June 1. Without a CDA, it may be unlikely that anyone would hire you as an assistant director. A CDA is an entry-level credential and would be the very least I would accept for a lead teacher. The very least I would accept for an assistant director would be an associate degree in early childhood and then she would need to be working on a Bachelor’s degree. If the workplaces to which you are applying will hire those with less than this, their quality would need to be questioned!
      The 120 clock hours have to be in the 8 required subject areas outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition (the organization that awards the CDA credential) and cannot be in administration. I have a chapter about the training requirements in my book, The CDA Prep Guide.

  269. 434 Pollyanna
    May 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi! Im very interested in getting my CDA but to be honest im very confused about everything specially on how to start. Whats my first step?

    • 435 easycda
      May 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      It really can be confusing! (Take a look at many of the earlier posts to this blog… you aren’t alone!). The first step would be to acquire 120 clock hours of training in early childhood. These could be in the form as college courses (three-3 credit hour courses) or non-formal classes. After the training, you would begin the actual CDA process towards getting your credential. The CDA Prep Guide will take you through the whole process painlessly!

  270. 436 Denise M
    May 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Deb, Not sure if you remember me but I asked tons of questions while going thru the cda classes. I have completed it all and sent everything off on Feb 15th and I know the council received it. As of today May 11th I have not heard anything. There is 4 of us waiting to hear from someone to come and test us. What should I do and does it usually take this long, we only have until June right?

    • 437 easycda
      July 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

      Denise, Call the Council and ask about the status of your account. Find out if they have received your application form and materials. (1-800-424-4310). Deb

  271. 438 Natasha
    May 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you for all of the useful information! I am trying to get my application packet in by June 1 and will be using overnight delivery on Fri. May 28 in hopes that it makes it by Tues the 1st. I am having trouble with Resource #9. I am in Georgia, but I have repeatedly searched and cannot find an agency that does referrals for family counseling. Oh and I am going for pre school certification. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank You!

  272. 440 Natasha
    May 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Also, number 14. There is so much info regarding membership…what should be included and what should not? Thank you!

    • 441 easycda
      May 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Just provide information about how a person can become a member. If there is a membership application on the website, print it off and include it. Is there a fee involved? Who can join? How long is a membership valid?… just the basic stuff.

  273. 442 Elaine
    May 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    My day is coming up this week, I’m so nervous! I have never done well on oral interviews…i’m trying not to be so worked up over it but I KNOW I don’t do well. Also are there 60 or 75 questions on the exam? I’ve read different numbers which is why I ask. How long after the rep has submitted everything should I find out if I’ve passed?

    • 443 easycda
      May 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      You will be fine! The questions on the Oral Interview will be about things you experience every day working with young children and your answers will come easily! There are 60 questions on the Early Childhood Studies Review exam. You probably heard me say something about 75 questions because that’s how many practice questions I have put into The CDA Prep Guide for practice. Depending on when you have your visit, you should receive word from the Council within a month or so.

  274. 444 Shameka
    May 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hello to all. Just wanted to let everyone know that I received my CDA May 1, 2010. I tooked the exam April 12th. I was nervous just like everyone else as far as my notebook, the written, and oral exam. Let me just say this: as long as you follow their criteria and rules in putting your notebook together, everything else is a piece of cake. Really. When I began to read through the exam, I was floored with the questions being asked. Why? Because simply put, they were common sense questions asking about things we do everyday. Things we are familiar with. And just like the written exam, the oral exam was just as easy for me. Questions about typical scenarios we faced everyday in our programs. Open ended questions. I think most if not all of you guys will be at ease once you are faced with these test. I am happy to say I am a CDA recipient and finally went thru the process after taking the classes way back in 2005. I made it just in time before my courses expired. So I am saying to you all, you can do it! Please be sure to go over your notebooks and make sure you have everything in place. Everything else will follow.
    And thanks Deb for all the advice and piece of mind you give 🙂

    • 445 easycda
      May 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      Congratulations, Shameka! And thanks for taking the time to post here to encourage others! I hope you celebrated your accomplishment and have purchased a frame for your certificate!
      Keep in touch… and don’t forget to renew your CDA!

  275. 446 shirlei
    May 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, I have a question?
    how much it cost the 120 hours course to take the cda?
    and which one you recomend?

    • 447 easycda
      May 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      The cost of CDA training varies, depending on where you get it. You can get “informal” training, which just counts towards your CDA (from a trainer or in-service training provider) or you can get the training in the form of college credits, which can later be used towards your continuing education (an associate degree, for example). Also, in many states, there are scholarship opportunities for CDA training and courses that will pay for most of the cost as well as the books and other materials. If you let me know what state you’re in, I can probably tell you who to contact for scholarship information. Some people like to attend classes for their CDA training with other child care providers. This is often a good idea, at least for part of your training, because you can share information and network with others who work in child care like you do. Students often learn as much from each other as they do from the instructor! Other people enjoy online classes. This is also an option. If your state provides scholarships for your training, I would suggest contacting your local community college to see if they offer courses for the CDA, either in-class or online. If you choose an online course agency on the Internet, be sure to check to make sure that the Council really accepts the training hours. Some of these online places tell you that the Council accepts their training, but in reality, they may not and then you have wasted your money. I really like Eager to Learn (out of Minnesota) for their online classes. It is a quality program with lots of instructor contact and tender loving care. The courses are also very reasonable. You don’t have to be living in Minnesota to take the classes. One of the exceptional parts of Eager to Learn (eagertolearn.org) is that they offer a special class to take after you finish the 120 clock hours of training, that helps you put together the professional resource file, write the competency goal statements, prepare for the Advisor’s observation and the verification visit. Very few training agencies provide this final and very important piece of CDA support.

  276. 448 Elaine
    May 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Well friends my journey has come to an end, today I took my written and oral test. It was as I was told before, mostly common sense questions and I feel I did well on the oral portion. I’m not a great oral test taker so for me to feel comfortable at this point says alot. I’m glad it’s over and I think I did well. Good luck to everyone else who is taking it soon.

    • 449 easycda
      May 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

      Elaine, That’s great news and thanks for sharing your experience… it helps others relax a little, I’m sure! Be sure to come back to tell us when your CDA comes in the mail! Deb

  277. 450 Katherine
    June 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I have a question about re-newal/re-doing my CDA. I unfortunately let my 5 years lapse, not realizing how easy it was to renew. I have been nannying full-time for 3 young boys for the last 31/2 years, so still working with young children in all the time since I left preschool teaching 4 years ago. I have been told that there is no possibility of my renewing, and that I would have to do the entire process over again. If I decided to go ahead and do that, would I also be required to re-do my entire resource file? Or…only the parts that specifically pertain to the childcare center I am working in during the process, such as policies/procedures. Would I need to re-do the activities as well?
    Also…if it were you, do you think that you’d re-do your CDA, or just go ahead and use my (over 120 clock hours) of college courses toward an associates degree at this point?

    • 451 easycda
      June 8, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      At this point, I would go ahead and finish the associate degree! Always move forward in your career and professional development!

  278. 452 Tamara
    June 12, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I am having trouble with competency goal II #5 Describe strategies to promote phonological awareness among children whose language is other than english. I have four songs I choose were, The old lady who swallowed a fly, Open Shut Them, Five little monkeys, and Five little ducks. I am not sure how to describe the strategies here is what I was thinking, any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful?

    The strategies I use for promoting phonological awareness with English language learners are songs, rhyming games, word games, and poems with alliterations. When choosing songs, you can sing nursery rhymes and songs including playful songs. Play rhyming games; use physical responses such as clapping and tapping to demonstrate patterns in song, stories, and words and by separating words into separate sounds.

    • 453 easycda
      June 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      You have done this one perfectly! Nice work! Now, don’t forget the second part of this item… describing how you can promote phonological awareness with children whose first language is not English. Deb

  279. 454 Donna
    June 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I am trying to decide which online course/company to use, and am probably going to sign up for FAEYC (FL. Assoc. Education for Young Children). The cost is $199 (cheapest I’ve seen anywhere), but I was wondering if you’re familiar with them and how their courses are? Second, I am going to be teaching 2 year olds in the fall, but would like to take the 3-5 yr. old courses. My employer has told me I can come over the summer for my observation in 3 yr. olds. But, is there a follow-up visit later (that I am suppose to be in the same age group).
    Thank you for any advice you can give me.


    • 455 easycda
      June 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      Although I am not familiar with that particular training venue, I would assume anything associated with AEYC would be ok. You might double check to be sure their online courses are accepted by the Council for the 120 clock hours of training.
      As for your second question… your Professional Resource File (including the Competency Goal Statements) must be written and assembled according to the age group of children with which you currently work. Are you currently working with preschoolers? If you are, you can go ahead with the center-based preschool training and then go back to your old setting when it comes time for your observation. If you haven’t begun your training as yet, you might not be having an observation (there is only one of them) until next spring or summer.. so you have to keep that in mind. Would any of those children still be in that class by then? You might be better off getting a center-based infant/toddler CDA if you are sure to be moving into that age group. You can always get a second-setting CDA (for preschool) later.

    • 456 easycda
      June 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      Although I am not familiar with that particular training venue, I would assume anything associated with AEYC would be ok. You might double check to be sure their online courses are accepted by the Council for the 120 clock hours of training.
      As for your second question… your Professional Resource File (including the Competency Goal Statements) must be written and assembled according to the age group of children with which you currently work. Are you currently working with preschoolers? If you are, you can go ahead with the center-based preschool training and then go back to your old setting when it comes time for your observation. If you haven’t begun your training as yet, you might not be having an observation (there is only one of them) until next spring or summer.. so you have to keep that in mind. Would any of those children still be in that class by then? You might be better off getting a center-based infant/toddler CDA if you are sure to be moving into that age group. You can always get a second-setting CDA (for preschool) later.

  280. 457 Brenda Adams
    July 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hello, I will hopefully go for my oral test, and written test this weekend. I didn’t realize that you could purchase the CDA Prep Guide to study by. I feel its to late to order one. Any suggestions?

  281. 459 Kimberly
    July 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Hello everyone, just letting you know I got my Nataional CDA!! And it only took 3 weeks to get it,m they where really everyday life questions, one question I had was alittle boy wanted to help sweep but he kept hitting his friends in the head with the broom everytime he was going around with the broom. and then you just thought about what you should do differenty and with me they wrote what I said down and wrote plus signs on the paper. and the mutiple choice questions where pretty easy then self too. they do have a water temperture question on there also. well I hope this helps you all out, let me know if you have any more questions, feel free to ask. 🙂

    • 460 easycda
      July 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing your good news, Kimberly! You will be an inspiration to others, I’m sure.
      I hope you’ll consider continuing on now, and get your associate degree! I know you’ll find that just as do-able!

  282. 463 amanda
    July 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    hello, i am just about to start this whole process for my cda. going to be taking classes at my college. i was wondering how long this whole process take to complete the classes and get the actual cda? my classes range from a month-2 months long.also, i have had worked in a childcare facility in the past year or so in an actual elementary,middle,special education pre-k school would i be able to somehow use those hours for my 420 hours? if so that would be great i am hoping to obtain everyting over the next year and to hope to become a preschool teacher. is there anything else i should know to become a pre-k teacher or other materials i need to know for my cda? thanks and sorry for all the q’s

  283. 464 Denise
    July 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hey Deb, I was suppose to test April, May or June and I still have not. My adviser canceled the testing 3 times She is suppose to come this week. What should I do. It is myself and 3 co workers that are testing.

    • 465 easycda
      July 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      I am confused a little, Denise. Your Advisor does the observation and the Council Rep does the testing at the Verification Visit. Which is it you are waiting for?

  284. 466 Denise
    July 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Kimberely, I am not sure about the water temp??

  285. 468 Denise M
    July 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I am sorry Deb, I meant the council rep for our testing has canceled 3 times and our 6 months is just about over. We have been waiting since March.
    Also I saw a question asked about the temp of water I assume in the daycares. Do you know what it is? I was thinking 120 degress

    • 469 easycda
      July 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

      Denise, You need to call the Council and tell them what has happened. They may just assign another Rep to conduct your Verification Visit. Deb

  286. 470 Joanne G.
    July 29, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hi, I hope I’m posting this where it belongs!

    I’ve been researching online schools/training programs. I came across one called CDAClass.org, their out of Philadelphia, PA and they have another organazation called TLC (Training Learning & Consulting) i called the cda council of prof. recognition and they told me they do not make referrals, but they have seen that name before…so i guess thats a good thing, but now im trying to see if they are accredited and i cant’t seem to find their name on DETC,..i also checked others. Should this be a concern of mine?

    Thank you!


    • 471 easycda
      July 30, 2010 at 12:43 am

      Be concerned. Whenever you see a training agency that says you can get your 120 clock hours completed in a month’s time… walk away.

  287. 472 Joanne G.
    July 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

    i have one more question… i dont have 480 hrs, it has been more than 5yrs since i have worked with children…i asked CDAClass.org if i can accumulate 480 hrs while taking the training…is this true? im working on finding a daycare that will allow me to volunteer a few days a week!


    • 473 easycda
      July 30, 2010 at 12:38 am

      You can accumulate hours while taking your training, You will need to be actively working with young children during the CDA process, because you will have to observed working with them by the Advisor.

  288. 475 Joanne
    July 30, 2010 at 12:25 am

    i have one more question… i dont have 480 hrs, it has been more than 5yrs since i have worked with children…i asked CDAClass.org if i can accumulate 480 hrs while taking the training…is this true? im working on finding a daycare that will allow me to volunteer a few days a week!


  289. 476 Sear
    August 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I Took The Test Yesturday I Do Not Fell Good About It. If I Did Fail Wear Would I Go From Here? The Picture Cards I Was Really Stuck On Not knowing What To Say I Was Lost For Words. I Think Coming From A Privite School I Was Not Saying The Right Things. I Am Sick Everytime I Think About IT. Help What Would I Have To Do Next? Help Me

    • 477 easycda
      August 2, 2010 at 1:15 am

      First of all, relax. The Oral Interview is only ONE part of the CDA process. The Council takes many things into consideration when deciding to award the credential… your Professional Resource File, your Competency Goal Statements, your formal Observation by the CDA Advisor, your Parent Questionnaires, and the Early Childhood Studies Review exam. So, if you did indeed freeze up for the Oral Interview, it may not be enough to make a difference. If you did, however, miss the mark and your CDA is not awarded. you can petition for another Verification Visit. If this happens (and it probably will not), I would request a waiver for the 2nd time around to have extra time and reading of the scenarios. I would also practice interpreting similar scenarios before having that visit. In the Prep Guide, there is a whole section of practice scenarios. You can work with a friend and practice answering. Take care, remember to relax, and think positive. Keep me posted and I’ll help if I can, if needed.

  290. 478 Evelin
    August 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I was wondering, How long does my autobiography have to be? and also I just order the The CDA Prep Binder how long does take to get it since i order one week ago.

    • 479 easycda
      August 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      The autobiography should be about 300 words, but no more.
      Your order for a Prep Binder was received on July 27th and was shipped on the 28th. It is currently in transit and should arrive tomorrow or Wednesday. Here is the USPS Tracking Number, so you can keep track of its location by going to USPS.com
      Label/Receipt Number: 9102 7850 9140 1625 2344 01
      Good luck with your CDA!

  291. 480 Mey
    August 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I am stuck on writing my autobiography. What should i included on it? Please help!

    • 481 easycda
      August 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

      The autobiography must have 3 parts:
      1. A brief bit of background about you, written in the first person (where you live, work, something general about your family, etc.). Don’t put in any personal information. The Council does not need to know about the alcoholic brother-in-law or the string of nasty divorces…;o0… just some brief info.
      2. Describe how you became interested in working with young children.
      3. You goals for the future working with young children.
      The entire autobiography must not be longer than 300 words.

  292. 482 Casey Schmidt
    August 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi there! I am just beinging my journey in child care. Actually, I am a childrens yoga instructor and would like to get my CDA to bring more diversity into my teaching. My goal is to open the door with Yoga in the schools and thought the CDA would be very helpful to have considering to teach even in daycare institutes require a CDA.

    Okay, with that being said, what is the first step to getting started and do I need to currently work in the field to get a certification? Can I do this all online?


    • 483 easycda
      August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      The first step in the process is to acquire 120 clock hours of training in child development/early childhood. This can be done online, but be sure the agency you choose for your training has been approved by the Council for Professional Recognition for training hours. After your training is completed, you will begin the CDA process. At that time, you will need to have accumulated at least 480 hours working with young children in a classroom setting and actively working with them, as you will need to be observed in your workplace by a CDA Advisor.

    • 484 easycda
      September 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

      First step… get your 120 clock hours of training. You don’t need to be working with young children while doing this, but will need to be once you begin the CDA process after your training. You will need to accrue at least 480 hours working with them by the time you send in your application form.

    • 485 easycda
      September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      You will need to acquire 120 clock hours of early childhood training first. This can be done online. Just be sure to find out if the training you choose will be accepted by the Council. If you have any thoughts of someday getting a degree, I would suggest you get these hours in the form of college credits, so they will apply to a degree, should you decide to further your education. Many of the online training agencies provide training hours that do not count toward a degree… they are just “training hours.” You do not have to be working n the field while you are getting your training, but once that is completed and you begin the CDA process, you will. This is because you will need to be observed in your workplace, working with young children. You will need to have accumulated at least 480 hours of experience before submitting your CDA application.

  293. 486 Robin
    August 19, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I am working on my CDA and one of the requirements is to fill out weekly activity plans for toddlers and preschoolers. I do not know how to get the sample template that is in the CDA prep guide. Do you know a link that could up?



  294. 490 ros
    August 31, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I recieved my cda in september 2007 and i need to renew it. Today is august31,2010 what do i need to do?

    • 491 easycda
      August 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      Why did you wait until now to think about renewing? If this is your first renewal, it was supposed to have been renewed within 3 years. If we do the math, yours is expired! Fortunately, the Council does provide a 2-year grace period, but you will really have to put it in high gear to get things taken care of. For a renewal, you need to show proof of having had 4.5 CEUs of additional training or a 3-credit hour class since you got your CDA , proof of a current first aid certificate, a letter of recommendation from an early childhood professional who is familiar with your work with young children, proof of having worked at least 80 hours with young children, and proof of having been a member of a national or local early childhood organization for at least a year. There is also a fee for renewal. You should order a Renewal Packet from the Council right away… yesterday would have been better!

  295. 492 Brandi
    September 1, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I am getting my 120 hours online, but I have a friend who is getting her 120 hours at community college. Her teacher told them on Monday that they have to have some kind of cda or resource box along with the resouce binder. She said it is supposed to have like the 36 basic matterials for a classroom. My question is what is this? She said it is required to get your cda in the state of Texas but I cant find any info on this. Oh and do you have to use someone on the Councils advisor registry or can you use someone else as long as they meet the requirements? Thank you in advance!

    • 493 easycda
      September 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

      Are you working on the national CDA credential or just some local or state “CDA”? The national CDA credential only requires the Professional Resource File, with 17 resources collected and the 6 Competency Goal Statements written. There is no “box” with classroom materials.
      You may choose your own Advisor who meets the qualifications, as long as there is not conflict of interest (for example, she cannot be your co-teacher).

  296. 494 Natasha
    September 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Hi Deb,
    I am anxiously awaiting a call from a council rep to schedule my final assessment. I am trying to make sure I am ready, and looking at my competency goal statements, I am worried that the functional areas for the first three goals do not have enough examples (only 2 to three), while the others may have too many (6 to 10). The problem is that I want them all as close to 500 words as possible and I cannot fit anymore in the areas without going over which is a big “no-no.” I have your CDA prep guide and the binder. Both have made preparation so much simpler. Thank You,

  297. 496 PHYLLIS
    September 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I am thiknking of getting my CDA I am alittle older but have been doing childcare for many years. I was wondering how really difficult it is obtaining one.

    • 497 easycda
      September 5, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      It’s not… with all your years of experience in child care, you will find the experience enriching and rewarding. And remember… you’re only as old as you feel, and working with young children definitely keeps you young at heart! Go for it! Let me know how I can help you once you get started.

  298. 498 gail
    September 9, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I took my CDA test the end of July. I was wondering how long it takes before you hear from the council. And if I don’t hear when should I contact them.

    • 499 easycda
      September 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      You can call the Council to ask about the status of your CDA. They will probably say it is “in progress,” but it won’t hurt to ask. 2 months is getting a bit long.

  299. 500 Jennifer
    September 10, 2010 at 2:50 am

    work sheet 1.1: what is evidence-bast practices when looked over the net I did not understand what it ment at all if you could help me understand this please I would be thankful thank you for your time Jennifer.

    • 501 easycda
      September 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      I am not sure what “worksheet” this is… perhaps part of your CDA training? Anyway, “evidence-based practices” means practices used with young children that have been proven, by research, to be effective… Techniques used in the early childhood classroom that have been proven to work and to be developmentally appropriate. I am not sure what you are being asked to answer or do with this term.

  300. 502 Yolanda
    September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    My CDA expires next mont (second time renewing) I am not done with my clock hours. Will that count against me. Or do I get a grace period?

    • 503 easycda
      September 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      I am always curious as to why people wait until within weeks of their CDA expiring to start worrying about it. Fortunately, you do have a grace period, but that should not be a further excuse to procrastinate… finish up the clock hours ASAP and get your paperwork submitted within the next few months, if possible. While you’re at it, put down the date of your next renewal into your calendar now!

  301. 504 Denise
    September 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Deb, I want to let you know that I have received my CDA… I want to thank you for all the help and questions answered. I could not have done it with out the prep guide and your help. Ok I do have another question lol I know I renew in 3 years but what is 4.5 CEUs. I don’t know what that is and when do I start that.

  302. September 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Congratulations, Denise! I know you are an inspiration to others who are somewhere along the way on this journey. 45 CEUs are 45 “continuing education units” or 45 clock hours of additional training. You have to show proof of getting additional training or taking one course through a college (3 credit hour course)by the time you renew. This is to ensure your commitment to life-long learning. As early childhood educators, our profession is constantly changing with new research and approaches… we can’t afford to get stale! You can start on this as soon as you like, just so it is completed by the end of 3 years.

  303. 506 LORRAINE
    September 29, 2010 at 5:53 am


    I have been working with children ages 0-8 yrs in my home for 25 years(so yes I am nearing being a fossil) I would very much like to hear from anyone who can offer me information as to how daycare within a home environment is operated within the USA. I am a daycare working in the UK and at present doing a degree in Early Years Education (0-5)..as part of my course I have to do a comparison of early years studies between two countries. I am thinking of choosing USA.

    What qualifications does a male/female daycare provider require to work from home?

    If anyone is interested in helping me here I would really be grateful and it wwould ave my hair turing totally grey or worse still being pulled out through mere frustration.


    Lorraine ( stepz5678@yahoo.com)

  304. 507 Sharise Williams
    October 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm


    I am in the process on working on CDA. We are doing book reviews, how old should the copyright date be. I read the books should be no longer than 10 years old.

  305. 509 Kelly
    October 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    How Do I obtain the CDA Prep Guide?

  306. 511 rene
    October 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    i only have 3 more colleges classes left but have only done that would should be my first next step while i finish the last 3?

    • 512 easycda
      October 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      You should have the Application Packet from the Council in hand. It includes not only the application form, but also the Competency Standards booklet, which covers the CDA Process. This can be ordered from the Council’s website (cdacouncil.org) or by calling 1-800-424-4310. Once you get this packet, photocopy the Observation Instrument and use it to conduct a self-study on your work with young children. This is the instrument that the CDA Advisor will use in conducting your formal observation. It is always a good idea to know exactly what it is you will be critiqued on during this observation… and to have an opportunity to correct things that may not be up to Council Standards. I would also suggest getting a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, which will be a companion to the Council’s materials, giving you step-by-step help all along the entire process. This can be ordered at easycda.com.

  307. 513 Ashley Benson
    October 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    In the cda resource file (white binder) tab # 14 I have a naeyc membership application & 1 naeyc pamphlet is that enough or do I need more? Also, do u know where I can go to get more pamphlets or articles for tab # 15, I have 1 article & i pamphlet on how parents understand how young children develop and learn. Thank you very much hope you can help me!!!!
    Ashley ; )

    • 514 easycda
      October 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      For Item #14, you should probably have information from at least one more national or local early childhood organization… perhaps the National Family Child Care Assn. (nafcc.org). For Item #15, you can get on the Internet and look up “developmental milestones” for children of the age group of your particular setting. You should find some articles that way.

  308. 515 Mit Lewis
    October 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Deb,

    I am preparing to start the CDA process, and considering purchasing your binder. I wanted to know if the tabs you send with the binder will also include the numbered and colored tabs so I can keep the competency area items labeled, numbered, and tabbed with the same colors as required.


  309. 517 Lisa
    October 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Hi, first of all – ARE YOU A SAINT for this website??

    I am trying to avoid a semester of classes if I can help it. I am a Montessori toddler teacher. I recieved online training, and the school said, in the past, their credits were accepted for a CDA. When you have stated to make sure that the credits are accepted, how can I do that? Do I just call them or do I send in copies of my transcript?

    Secondly – I really need help finding an advisor, is there a way to search for one?

    Thirdly – I want to hand in my packet by the December 1 deadline. Do you think this is an impossible goal? If I send for the packet today and bust my hump (I purchased your book already and am going to purchase the binder) is this a possibility?

    Thanks for any help

    • 518 easycda
      October 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks for the sainthood designation… but I believe those going through this process may deserve it more ;o)
      If your training hours are less than 5 years old and they cover all of the CDA required training areas (you will have to break that down), and you have a transcript or something showing you have completed them, they will probably be accepted. A copy of this will need to go with your Application Form.
      You can locate an Advisor on your own… someone you know who has at least a CDA herself or more education and has experience working with adults as well as children. The complete run down on Advisor requirements is in your CDA Competency Standards booklet from the Council and in the CDA Prep Guide. If you find someone you know to do it, maybe you can just buy her lunch for the favor. If you call the Council for a list of registered Advisors in your area, you will probably have to pay the person somewhere between $80- $200. for doing your observation.
      If your training hours are done, you can probably complete the process by Dec.1.. but you may need a sainthood designation…

      • 519 Lisa
        October 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

        regarding the advisor thing…. i read very carefully the advisor requirements. i’d like to use the assistant director who has a BA. It mentions that the advisor needs to be someone who has worked with children infant to toddler for at least a year. Neither the owner or the Assistant director have worked with infants. I am running the toddler program for them, since i have the experience.

        Am I stuck??? What if I find someone who has a CDA and has worked with toddlers – but never supervising other teachers. Please give me a few scenarios…..

  310. 520 Debbie
    October 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Would you know where I could get a practice CDA test?


  311. 522 Stephanie
    November 2, 2010 at 6:11 am


    First, thanks for the Prep Guide, and the binder. I have them both, and still am struggling to get it all done.

    I have an advisor, who won’t look at the Resource File, she said she isn’t familiar with that, and can’t really help me with it. I had tried to find another advisor, and was unable to. I live in MN, do you know of any where else I could look to have someone check it over, and see what they think about it.

    Another question I have, and I really wish I would have done this after finishing my classes when they were fresh in my mind, how long is the explanation of what you learned in the classes you took? Can it be copied from the course description? Do these classes need to be broken down into each section? Some of my classes have hours in many different areas. I also took the first aid training, and now I have heard recommendations for CPR for children have changed. Do I mention that in my description of what I learned?

    Sorry, it’s so many questions, but it’s late and I’ve been working on this Resource File for days, and nights for so long, and just when I think I’ve got something productive done, I read something new into what I need, and have to add to what I’ve written.

    Thanks so much,

    • 523 easycda
      November 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      For the First Aid certificate requirement in the Resource File… it needs to have been a pediatric first aid course. If CPR was part of it, that’s fine. If not, CPR certificate is not asked for.
      For the Advisor… you should contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency. Those gals would probably be happy to look over your file for you. I teach classes for Eager to Learn (eagertolearn.org) which is sponsored by the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Agency and the trainers there often take a look at resource files. Give them a call.

  312. 524 Sarah
    November 5, 2010 at 2:50 am

    I was just wondering, I am attending school to receive my BA in Early Childhood Education. I am planning on graduating next summer, 2011. When is a good time to start working on getting my CDA? Whats the first step?

    thanks, Sarah

    • 525 easycda
      November 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      You can start working on it now… you probably have enough ECE courses taken at this point to satisfy the training hours requirement of 120 clock hours (three 3-credit hour courses).

  313. 526 Lora
    November 5, 2010 at 6:23 am

    A co-worker had her CDA but did not renew it after 3 years. Does she have to start all over, or just fill out renewal paperwork and application?

    • 527 easycda
      November 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      The Council provides a 2-year grace period for renewal… but this means she would need to get all the paperwork and application for renewal in before that grace period is up. Even one day past the grace period means her CDA is trash and she will need to start all over… including all the training hours and the entire process. Hopefully others reading this will take note and mark their calendars for renewal. Having a CDA officially expire is NOT a good thing!

  314. 528 Stephanie
    November 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm


    I worked at a toddler/preschool for 13 months 2009-2010. The room was combined. I worked about 1000 hours. I left there, and am at a new center. I have not got the 480 hours there yet. I am trying to get a CDA in infant/toddler. I have had the observation,at the new center. I talked first to the Counsel to see if I could use my current center, and got a yes answer. Now I looked at that requirement of documented 480 hours that needed to be sent in.

    Can I use the previous center’s hours towards the 480 hours. Like I said the room was combined, and it would be hard to break it down, how many hours were spent with each age group. Even, if it were half,if I combine that with my new job, I would have more than enough.

    I am using my reference letter provided as documentation of work there, hopefully that is okay.

  315. 529 Stephanie
    November 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm


    Oddly enough, I had that same bright idea! I am actually meeting next week with someone from RCC.

    I just had the observation, and I put way too much stress on myself regarding this. It went really well.


  316. 530 Loretta Hawzipta
    November 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Deb,
    My CDA expired in April 2009. I just sent in my renewal last week. November 16. Did i beat my deadline? I over nighted the renewal. Also, how long does it take to hear anything from the renewal? It’s my first renewal. Cant wait to hear from you!

  317. 534 Jessica
    November 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I am 23 years old and have been in school for 5 years now. I definitely have the 12 credit hours in courses that I would need for my CDA. I was going to school for ECE to get my Bachelors, however I am actually looking into getting my CDA now as it is much faster. I guess my question is can the courses that I took in college go towards my CDA? Also, I know you have to have worked/work in a child care center for a certain number of hours. How many hours is it? Because I have worked in three different child care centers, I worked at each one for between 6-8 months each. Would that be able to go towards the CDA also, or would I need to start over? If both my college classes and hours worked at daycares will apply to getting my CDA, what would be the next step I should take? I am very unfamiliar with what I need to do so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much.

    • 535 easycda
      November 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      If the courses are less than 5 years old that you have taken, they will certainly count toward your CDA. (The have to be less than 5 years old at the time you send in your application form for the CDA). As for the hours worked in child care… you don’t have to work in just one place for 480 hours (roughly equivalent to 40 hours a week for 3 months)… it can be from a combo of workplaces. as long as someone can write letters verifying your work there. My advice would be to go ahead and get your CDA along the way to your Bachelor’s degree. It will be useful to you in the short run. Also, in the future… if there are 2 candidates for a position, a degree AND a CDA will look better to many employers than just a degree. The CDA is a competency-based credential which says a lot about your ability to actually work well with young children, rather than just have the book knowledge.
      Your next step would be to order the application packet from the Council. You will need to specify a particular setting because you will be observed working with children in that setting. I hope you still have the ability to work with children at this time. (Settings: center-based preschool, center-based infant/toddler, or family child care). This packet can be ordered by calling 1-800-424-4310. Next, get The CDA Prep Guide, which will answer every other possible question you might have about getting a CDA!
      Good luck,

  318. 536 Stephanie
    November 27, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Hi Deb,

    I had one question, I know this has been addressed before, and I can’t find the answer. Where is the site that has the correct terminology for the accommodations, you make in your lesson plan? I want to make sure mine is in there.

    Thanks so much,


    • 537 easycda
      November 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      Stephanie, Two very good resources: Circle of Inclusion at http://www.circleofinclusion.org National Network for Child Care at http://www.nncc.org Deb

      • 538 Stephanie
        December 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm


        So you know the circleofinclusion website does not work at this time, and hasn’t for a couple of weeks at least.


        This is for writing out your lesson plans and making the adaptations. The child I am using has a mushy grip, poor muscle control in his hands. I wanted to have an accurate name to put in adaptation labeling.

        I hope that helps.


      • 539 easycda
        December 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

        The Circle of Inclusion is undergoing an update of their website, but should be back up soon. Check back in a week or so. Deb

  319. 540 Michelle Richey
    December 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I am taking my test in 9 days. My question is, when will I know if I passed the it?
    Also is there a website with a practice test?

    • 541 easycda
      December 3, 2010 at 12:56 am

      You should find out within a few weeks of your Verification Visit. There is no website with a practice test. Try to get a hold of The CDA Prep Guide. There is a practice test with answer key, as well as practice scenarios for the Oral Interview.

  320. 542 Michelle Richey
    December 12, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I took my test earlier today, you were right it is all common sense stuff. I think I did really well. Thanks for this site, it helped me out.

  321. 543 Chanelle
    December 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Hello, I received my CDA back in 2001 I believe or around there, it expired in 2003. I have wanted to renew it but afraid its too late… please help, I would like to renew it or get my CDA again. Thank you…

  322. 544 Felicity
    December 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hi, I live in the state of Wisconsin and I am working really hard on the infant/toddler credential trying to get everything done before the March 1 deadline. I am confused on what they want for the competency goal 1. I can’t find a summary of the legal requirements of reporting child abuse in my state. I can only find the list of mandated reporters. I am not sure if that is what they’re looking for. I already have the CDA Prep guide and I guess I just have an uncommon question. Maybe it’s not throughly sinking in. Do you have any suggestions on where I could find this information?

  323. 546 lisa
    December 25, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Hi Debbie, hope all is well and you are enjoying the holidays. I emailed you an attachment in regards to this post:

    For my lesson plan, I stuck true to my November’s curriculum of farm animals. I usually introduced a new animal or subject each day. What I am sending you is a lesson plan for “bees” Tues. I focused on sheep, Thurs. on horses, etc. The file is pretty much what each day looks like. Please give me your thoughts. Am I OK using a different subject for each day, as long as I stay with the same theme????

    Secondly, Iain has a disability that has VERY long name. It does include small motor limitations (specifically his thumbs which dislocate and push back at the slightest touch). It is not painful – almost like he is double jointed. His large muscles are not attached to his bones in a normal way, so I have to be careful with gross motor play. I noticed that in your example you kept it simple: small motor impairment. Do I need to include the medical name (which escapes me now) or can I also just state small motor impairment?

  324. 548 lisa
    December 25, 2010 at 1:57 am


    I hope you don’t think I am a stalker. I was reviewing everything and had all my papers laid out on my coffee table. My 3 yr old daughter spilled a glass of chocolate milk on EVERYTHING. Including my observation. It is in a sealed envelope, but it is obvious that the booklet my advisor filled out is damaged inside. I called her. She made a copy of her notes before she placed it in a manilla envelope. WHAT DO I DO???? I can’t hand in a chocolate coated observation. Can I order a blank booklet if I explain what happened. My advisor said she would be willing to re-fill out the booklet. I am fainting as I type this.

    • December 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      No need to panic. I will email you a copy of the Observation Instrument you can print off and have your advisor re-write.
      This is a good point, too. If you are an advisor, always make a photocopy of any observation instrument you complete and keep them for 1 year, just in case something like this happens!

  325. 550 lisa
    December 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Debbie, I am almost embarrased to post again. One LAST quick questions. In the competency essays do I keep the word count to 500 for ALL THREE functional area (1500 word count for each essay) or do I have 500 word count after I have written all three functional areas (about 150 words for each one?). Sorry

  326. 552 lisa
    December 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    OK, I think I am good to go for the rest of the bidner. I have finished the entire resource file and am well on my way with the essays. I just want to say thank you so much for your help. I wish there was a way I could send you flowers or a chocolate basket for your help. Since I am doing this all on my own, you have been instrumental. Once I have my verification visit and receive my CDA I will be posting you.

    For anyone who is new to this blog or easycda website, the book and binder are WELL worth the money. I am recommending your site and resources to ALL of my colleagues.

    Thanks again for all the time you spend with us.!

  327. December 28, 2010 at 1:59 am

    You are entirely welcome… as so is anyone else needing help. I appreciate your willingness to let us all know when your credential is awarded and also making it clear the this process is entirely do-able… with a little help and support!

  328. 554 Lynn
    December 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I need to renew my CDA (for the first time) in June of 2012. I was looking over the requirements and one was to show proof of membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization. I work for a private preschool and we are not accredited with any organization other than being licensed by the state. Would that count? Are there any free organizations (local or national) that I could present to my director? I believe my preschool has to be accredited with them for at least a year to make it count, is that correct? Thanks so much!

    • 555 easycda
      January 3, 2011 at 2:30 am

      I would become a member of NAEYC… your membership would include both a national and local affiliation. You would get a free subscription of Young Children magazine, as well. If you are taking classes of any kind, you can get a student subscription, which is cheaper.

  329. 556 Lynn
    January 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Deb, I have one more question. Can a person become a director with their CDA?

    • 557 easycda
      January 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

      In some states, you can. If it were me, however, I would want to have more education than my employees… think about going forward for a degree after getting your CDA.

  330. 558 kim
    January 9, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Hi I would like to order the binder and the guide. Is there any way I can do it with one order or do I have to do them seperately? I am doing the preschool one. thanks

    • 559 easycda
      January 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      The two items would have to be ordered separately, but you would not be charged for shipping on both… since they 2 items would be shipped together.

  331. 560 Rebekah M.
    January 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I’m not quite sure what to do for resource item #14, it’s been keeping me from getting my CDA for almost two years now, I have asked a good number of people and they either dont know or they say they will help and never do.

    • 561 easycda
      January 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      I’m sorry it took 2 years for you to complete this one, but the wait is over!

      Go to each of these 2 websites:
      naeyc.org (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
      nafcc.net (National Association for Family Child Care)

      On each one of them, find out information about membership, their resources, and how to order. Type this up and print it off to put into your Resource File.
      While on the NAEYC website, click on the Publications link and then on Young Children. There you can access back issues of the journal, Young Children and locate 2 articles that you can use in working with the young children in your program. Print them off and put them into your Resource File as part of Item #14.
      If any other items are confusing, please take a look at The CDA Prep Guide. It will answer ALL your questions!

  332. 562 Denise
    January 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Deb, I wanted to ask you since I did get my CDA and do have my 120 clock hours do you still need the yearly clock hours? I know CPR, and health and safety is a must but not sure if I still need to do the yearly clock hours.

  333. 564 Vanessa Silva
    January 30, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hi Deb,

    I know I had sent you a reply email about my binder that I ordered but as of right now im still in a bind here, about figuring out how to actually write out the statement of competency #2 but for All 3 age groups, Infants, Mobile Infants, and Toddlers. Im working with the two’s right now and I have only assisted in those other rooms.I just needed some help/more clarification/advice.



    • 565 easycda
      February 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Since this is a complicated question, my best answer would be to wait until you get your copy of The CDA Prep Guide. There are too many functional areas to cover in a blog posting!

  334. 566 Liz
    February 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Hi !

    I’m glad I found this page because it’s very helpful as your book “The CDA Prep Guide” that was my ally when I was preparing my portfolio. Thanks!

    Now I have a problem I sent my application at November 23 and I called the Council because I was worry about my status and they told me they have not been able to locate my Advisor. Then I called my Advisor and she told me she returned the call. Then I wait two weeks and call again and this time they said they did not known If I would take the test in Spanish or English! I answered I would take the test in Spanish as requested in my application and they said “someone will call you this week” but nobody call me until today.

    I sent my application, the letter of the School where I did the 480 hours, the letter of U.C.C where I did my training with 120 hours and my money orders of $325.00. I’m very worried about it! My partners of Portfolio Course most of them took their Test in these weeks.

    Please Deb ! Can you give me an advice? What Can I do? I really needed take my test ASAP.



    • 567 easycda
      February 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      My best advice would be for your Advisor to call the Council on your behalf. She can reiterate the fact that you have requested a Spanish exam and interview. She should do this right away so things can be cleared up.

  335. 568 Dee
    February 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Deb.
    I’m almost finished with my CDA but i’m kinda at a stand still. What is the “Family Interview” form? My advisor keeps telling us it is in the book but I don’t see it and she is only at our center once a week to once every other week.


    • 569 easycda
      February 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      She may be referring to the Parent Questionnaires that came with the Application Packet from the Council. You have to distribute them to the families of the children in your care. You have to get back 75% of whatever number you hand out.

      • 570 Dee
        February 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

        Thats what I thought but she said no. I wished she would have just pointed the page out to me but I work the infant room and she is in and out of my class so fast because the babies need my assistance constantly. And getting someone to come in my class so I can actually talk to her casually is like pulling teeth….blah. *flustered*

      • 571 easycda
        February 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

        Sounds like you have an inferior Advisor. She should be more support to you than that. I hope you aren’t paying her for her services!

  336. 572 Michelle Roeszler
    February 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Is it possible that the advisor is talking about the forms that you need to include in your resource file? Maybe she wants you to put the parent interview form in there. I would see if there is an alternative way to speak with the advisor. Purhaps you can email back and forth to clarify things so this process doesn’t take any longer than it already does.

    • 573 Dee
      February 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks everyone for the help. What I am guessing is that it is paperwork that is not exactly geared for my final resource file but just a assignment that goes with the individual college program. I just wish I could figure the darn thing. hehe
      I guess i’ll just have to try and get her phone# or email and harass her. 🙂
      Also our Wage and Ladder is sapposed to be ending this month which is really sad. If I don’t finish my CDA I’ll be pretty much stuck at $9.65 an hour. Do I need to have a certificate in my hand to gain a wage increase? My husband thinks I am crazy because I take so much of my work home with me and don’t get compinsated for it. Working the infant room is not a easy task…constantly on the go and I rarely get time outside the class to work on Creative Curriculum or my portfolios. He thinks I do to much for to little…I sometimes wonder myself but I love working with kids.
      Thanks again everyone.

      • 574 easycda
        February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

        Dee, Unfortunately, most early childhood education and care providers do too much for too little. Hopefully, someday that will change. I would think your career lattice supervisor would go ahead and consider your CDA, since you are poised to complete it soon. I do have a great deal of respect for infant and toddler teachers… it is hard work and takes a lot of patience and skill. Good I/T teachers are golden and if a family finds one to care for their child, they should be treating her like a queen.

  337. 575 Vanessa
    February 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Hi Deb!

    I just wanted to say Thank you for the book and the binder! It really helped out in my CDA class that I was having Trouble with. My Question is that I am on my LAST cda class… We just started this past Monday. But I began this class in Aug of 2010. I will not finish my last class until the end of march. but my center also is going through re-accreditation sometime in march, But, By when will I have to finish everything and complete it all before the Deadlines? I am VERY confused on this.



    • 576 easycda
      February 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

      The Council has now started to eliminate the deadlines and will have rolling applications. This means you can apply anytime and your Verification Visit will take place within 90 days of application. What you do need to know is that your Parent Questionnaires, your Observation by the Advisor, and other documentation need to be dated within 6 months of the date you send in the application form to the Council. You will probably send in your application form at the end of March or April.

  338. 577 Heather Allen
    February 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I just recieved my associates degree in Interdiclplinary Studies with a cancentration on ECE. I do not work in a daycare yet, but a lot of daycares in Louisiana require a CDA. Can I subistute my Acossiates Degree or do I need a CDA as well? How do I get a CDA without the “field work?”

    • 578 easycda
      February 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Your associate degree should be enough, but you will need to check the child care licensing requirements in your state. If the child care program still wants you to get a CDA, you can work on it while you are employed there. If you have the equivalent of 120 clock hours of ECE training with your degree, you will not need any more (that is 3 courses, but they must have covered the required subject areas for CDA).

  339. 579 Shawna
    February 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I have finished my CDA portfolio and I was wondering what else I was required to do to complete it. Is it just the hours?

    • 580 easycda
      February 24, 2011 at 2:20 am

      If you have a copy of the CDA Prep Guide, it will take you step by step through your Verification Visit… getting ready for the Oral Interview and the Early Childhood Studies Review exam, as well as everything else you need to prepare and complete along with your portfolio.

  340. 581 Vanessa
    March 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hi deb,
    Thank you for the response on my question, I working on the Competeny Statement for Families,
    and I am having a little bit of trouble of what I would need to put with infants, and mobile infants, since i currently work with two’s…. its asking for how do we promote families… but for infants?

    Vanessa 🙂

    • 582 easycda
      March 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      For the last 3 Competency Goals, you can write general statements to cover all three age groups. Your examples can go into a little bit of detail… for example, for infants, you would probably create some type of daily sheet to record the infants’ eating, diapering, and play for the day… which would be given to the parents at pick up time.

  341. 583 twooten
    March 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    i am attending classes at GNTC and i have already completed the 3 classes that i needed to complete my CDA file. i have my CDA file already completed such as, i have all the competency goals, my autobiography and my resource collections, but i am having trouble knowing how to put it together step-by-step, or what i should do after it is complete and was wondering if you could help me, if so would you please contact me at the email on i provided. I will be so grateful

    • 584 easycda
      March 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      This would be difficult to do on a blog or even through email. Try to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide. It will walk you through putting together the file and also all the way through the process up to and including the Verification Visit and beyond.

  342. 585 Neque
    March 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Where can I find sample question for review for m CDA?

  343. 587 Alissa
    March 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if there are any good online resources for assistance and organizational strategies to successfully prepare for your CDA certification. Do you know any websites or book materials?

    • 588 easycda
      March 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      None that I have ever seen or at least that could be fully trusted. That’s why I wrote the CDA Prep Guide. Try to get a copy and that’s all you’ll need.

  344. 589 Cathie
    March 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    What happens when the two year grace period has run out and I need to renew my CDA?

    • 590 easycda
      March 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Once you have gone beyond the time frame for renewing (3 years for the first renewal and 5 years for subsequent renewals) plus the 2 year grace period, your CDA is invalid. It can no longer be renewed. Now, you have to repeat the entire process over… training hours, compilation of the professional resource file, writing the competency goal statements, having an observation by an advisor, and paying for and having another verification visit. I hope this hasn’t happened to you. For others who may be reading this… and your CDA is approaching renewal… My BEST ADVICE: ALWAYS renew within the original time frame and NEVER go into the grace period, or something unfortunate like this will invariably happen. We are all creatures who procrastinate and it won’t be long before you are posting a question like Cathie’s on my blog.

  345. 591 Sam
    March 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Is their a website that I can take practice exam to prepare myself more? If not, how do I know what to expect on the exam. I’m not a very good test taker, I panic and second guess my answer. What advice or informayion can you give me?

    • 592 easycda
      March 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Try to get a copy of the CDA Prep Guide. It has practice tests and also practice scenarios for the Oral Interview… both are stress relievers!

  346. 593 Samantha
    March 31, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I can’t believe I just found you after I’m finished with the hardest part (resource file)!!! I’ve gone through all your advice from 2009, and I really hope you get paid for this, you are heaven sent! Ok here’s my crisis-
    Life has indeed thrown a few curve balls at me since starting my CDA process in June 2010. I did my observation in aug 2010, and finished everything needed to send in my application by Dec 2010 and was (and still am) VERY excited to have finally finished putting my resource file together. Planned on sending my application in Jan 2011. Then got engaged 01-01-11 and somehow all my CDA efforts and thoughts got lost into wedding planning- until this week when a co worker asked me if I’m ever going to get my own daycare up and running!!! I panicked, gathered my application and ran to the post office. Only to come home and get all my files out to see that I’m a month shy of my six month dead line… AND that I was in such a hurry to put my app and fee check in the envelope that j left my training/education transcripts on the counter, not in with my app! 😦

    Worst day ever!
    So, am I just out of luck with this whole situation? Do I call the council Tomorrow and ask to have my application sent back to me so I can put the transcripts with it, or send them off now with a note saying to be submitted with my application? I know it’s a no no to send different envelopes. And that this is like a crazy nightmare of a story! But I still have faith that you have an answer that will prevent my heart from bursting any minute 😉 Help!

    • 594 Deb Pierce
      April 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

      The Council will probably send your information back indicating it is incomplete. You will have to submit a waiver to excuse your materials being a month stale, but they will undoubtedly take it. Just follow the directions they give you.

  347. 595 Elaine
    April 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm


    I received my CDA last year in June and am interested in CDA for infants and Toddlers. Do I have to redo everything or can I use my binder and everything I used previously? And just have my assessment after I receive my CDA INFANTS AND TODDLERS books from the Council? I don’t have to have another observation by a mentor do I ? Thanks so much!

    • 596 Deb Pierce
      April 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

      You will be getting a “Second Setting CDA”. The process for this is less than the original, but there are still some of the same steps you will need to take. You will need experience hours in the new setting, as well as training hours. You will create a new Professional Resource File and write new Competency Goal Statements for the new setting and need to be observed by an Advisor. There will be no Verification Visit, however. Call the Council and request a Second Setting CDA application packet.

  348. 597 Suprina
    April 11, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I am a recent graduate with a B.S. in General Studies with a concentration in Child Development. My major was Elem Education but i took the alternate route to General Studies because I have a special needs son who has to be hospitalized almost every month because of bad seizures. I sat out a semester due to his condition and had enough hours to go through General Studies. I took that decision in order to take care of him and to be at home with him. My question is Even though i took majority of Elemenatary Ed and Child Development courses and has a Degree already, do i still have to take the CDA test to work or teach in a Daycare of Headstart Center?

    • 598 Deb Pierce
      April 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Your BS should probably be fine, provided you have enough credits in child development. You shouldn’t need a CDA. However, you should get a transcript listing your college courses and present this for review to your prospective employer.

  349. 599 Mit
    April 20, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Hi Deb,

    I got your Prep Guide and resource binder and they both have made this process so much more painless than I know it would have been without this guidance. THANK YOU!

    Question: I have gotten some confilicting information and would like to clarify with you and anyone else who has used your guide as a model for their competency statements. I was told that the statements should not be bulleted as shown and outlined in the examples in the Prep Guide. Is that ok? Or will the council only accept written narratives? Has anyone else submitted theirs outlined like the examples in the Prep Guide?


    • 600 Deb Pierce
      April 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      The Council doesn’t care if you compose the statements as a narrative or as a bulleted list, as long as the information is complete. Many times, it is easier for candidates to list their examples, rather than working them into a narrative… which is why I have chosen to use that method as an example. At our college, this is the way ALL of our students compose their Competency Goals.

  350. 601 lisa
    April 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Deb:

    I GOT MY CDA!!! I can’t believe I did it from home. I really credit it ALL to you! Your book and binder was all I needed. I have to say the one thing that suprised me was the assessment meeting. The woman was very nice, however, she just flipped through my binder and didn’t really read much in detail. considering how detailed your book and your blog says we need to be I felt as if I had killed myself for nothing.

    This may be a fluke but in the end – what matters is that I have my CDA!

    Thanks again Debbie. You have no idea how much you helped me.

    • 602 Deb Pierce
      April 22, 2011 at 2:05 am

      Lisa, Congratulations! Thanks for the kind words, but your own efforts are why this happened! As far as the Rep casually “flipping through” your Professional Resource File… one of the possible reasons is common… the file was very well organized. The layout and labeling make it clear to the Rep that you have all the required items, without having to scrutinize.
      However, the Rep’s duties do require some close inspection to make sure the items in the page protectors are complete and correctly done. The Rep is getting paid for the Verification Visit, after all, and should take this responsibility seriously. The majority of the time, this is not a problem. The Council Rep is focused on verifying whether or not a candidate meets Council criteria to be awarded a CDA. However, you know how it sometimes is… as with everything else, I’m sorry to say. I you feel your hard work was breezed over without careful consideration, it might be worth your while to call the Council so they can review their standards with this particular Rep.
      Frame your certificate and don’t forget to renew!

  351. May 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hello Deb,
    I am currently attending college to obtain my ECE Degree I will not graduate until 2012. I do not currently have my CDA but my employer wants us all to obtain one by Jan. 2012. Can you tell me what ECE college courses I should take in order to have enough hours. Thanks!

    • 604 Deb Pierce
      May 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      An intro to early childhood education would work, as would a health, safety, and nutrition course. A third might be one on art and curriculum in early childhood programs. Three 3-credit hour courses would satisfy the 120 clock hours. If the college has a CDA process course, try to take it to help you through the rest of the process after your training hours are satisfied. Otherwise, get a hold of the CDA Prep Guide and a pre-assembled binder from my website… it’ll make your life a lot easier!

  352. 605 Brenda
    May 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Deb,
    YAY for me…I got my CDA!! I want to thank you for your help last summer when I took one of your online classes through Ivy Tech. I also want to thank you for your guide. When I took the CDA process here at my local Ivy Tech, the instructor told me to reformat alot of my work that I had developed from your guide. I stuck to my guns and kept them the way they were…and got my CDA on May 1st!
    I also thank you for your binder. The other candidate that tested the same day as me had a scribbled, handwritten resource file, that I thought looked totally un-professional. I felt very proud of mine!
    I did leave the oral interview kinda down, because I thought of so much more I could have said..but I guess I said enough!
    To all the other candidates..keep pushing through! I really doubted myself but was still able to get through.
    Thanks again!
    Brenda – Evansville, IN

    • 606 Deb Pierce
      May 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Good for you, Brenda! Thanks for your kind words and for staying loyal to the process! It is amazing how the assembly of the resource file can be interpreted so many different ways, oftentimes with really unfortunate results. Last week, I met with a candidate who had her resources in a Walmart bag. It never ceases to amaze me!
      I hope you have bought a nice frame for your credential and will hang it proudly in your program for all to see the fruits of your hard work. Also, be sure to put a note in your planner about renewing… you won’t want it to expire! If you want to have someone take your picture next to your credential or you holding it, send it to me (easycda@easycda.com) and I will put your pix on my Wall of Fame page of the website.

  353. 607 Yolanda Pride
    May 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Deb

    I have started my 2nd renewal process with my CDA but my CDA expired in Oct 2010.
    Will I be ok. I live in VA.

    • 608 Deb Pierce
      May 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Lucky for you, the Council provides a 2-year grace period! However, this is no time to sit back and rejoice! It will permanently expire, with no possible recourse, the first of October 2012. Get your materials sent in ASAP!

  354. May 20, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Hello Deb,
    Thank you for your quick response. I have another question,how can I purchase your pre notebook? I am unable to find a web link. Thanks

  355. 611 Amanda
    May 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hello I really need help with this competency goal an dwas wondering if you may be able to help me out… Describe strategies to promote phonological awareness among children whose home language is other than english

    • 612 Deb Pierce
      May 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

      You will need to explain about providing experiences which enabled them to hear the sounds the letters make… both in their own language and in English. This would include reading them poetry or stories with rhyming words, alliteration, and repetition. You could also play listening games with them, using words and phrases.

  356. 613 Vanessa
    May 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Hi deb,

    I have CRAZY busy latley… with the cda classes ending in March and Working… and our school just got Accrediation from NAEYC! I have been frantically running around trying to get this CDA stuff together… but im going to miss my 6 month deadline… What would I need to do in order to hurry and try and finish this up…. Im working on my CDA binder at the moment. I have done the sealed envelope and everything else… but I had gotten something on my parent questionnaires and I did not look at them but i saw through the paper that most of my parents did not sign or Date the day I gave it to them… but i was reading in your book that the council will look at the dates and everything else… Im really panicking and freaking out on what I should do about everything.


    • 614 Vanessa
      May 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      oh and i forgot to add… I also needed to send everything off… im sooo behind in everything!!! 😦 I TRIED so Hard to at least finish everything last week.

      • 615 Deb Pierce
        June 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        If anything is missing or incomplete, the Council will send back your Application materials to be fixed.

  357. 616 Holly
    June 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    what do i do if my whole resource file was lost when i moved back in february of this year. I wanted to get my Director’s Credential but do not have my binder with all my resource stuff in it from when i got my CDA in 2003. What do i do?

    • 617 Deb Pierce
      June 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Who is awarding the Director’s Credential? The Council does not do this. The only credentials they award are center-based preschool or infant/toddler or Family Child Care or Home Visitor.

  358. 618 Janice Skeen
    June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    My CDA expired on May 1, 2011, can I still apply for my CEUS and how much will it cost? I have completed the application, can I sent it in and continue my CEUS?

    • 619 Deb Pierce
      June 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      The Council provides a 2-year grace period, so ahead and complete your CEUs and then submit your renewal. Did you know you can now renew online? Go to the Council’s website to find out how to do this. (cdacouncil.org)

  359. 620 Debbie
    June 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I am taking The exam for my CDA in the morning, are there any sample tests on line to help with the studying?

    • 621 Deb Pierce
      June 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      There are no practice questions online. I’d go to the Public Library and get a copy of the CDA Prep Guide, where you will find lots of practice questions and scenarios to prepare.

  360. 622 steph
    July 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I am looking to earn my CDA. I am currently a nanny. I worked for about a yr and a half at a child care center as assistant preschool teacher two years ago. I have the experience and can contact that center for records. I currently am not sure about parent forms, or observations. I know parents who could give their reference, does it have to be reference from children from the center I worked at? How many are required. I am planning on taking the training courses online. Do you have ideas about having observations by a CDA advisor even though I do not work at a center?

    • 623 Deb Pierce
      July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      After your training is completed, you will need to be working in a child care program in order to complete the rest of the process. You could go back to the one you worked in before and be a volunteer for a few weeks, just long enough to write your Competency Goal Statements, distribute the Parent Questionnaires, and be observed by the Advisor. Having worked at a center two years ago will not be any good for this.
      Let me know if I can help further..

  361. 624 candy
    July 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    im getting ready to take my cda test an i would like to take a practice test

    • 625 Deb Pierce
      July 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Try to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide… it has an 80 question practice test and even some practice scenarios for the Oral Interview.

  362. 626 bobby
    July 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve been working on my CDA for two years my last class is aug 23rd but i was released from my last day care but the earliest i can get another day care job is aug 15. Am i still eligible to complete my CDA?

    • 627 Deb Pierce
      July 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      You will need to be working in a program with young children in order to finish your CDA, because you have to be observed there and need questionnaires filled out by the parents. You should probably plan on getting settled in at the new center… get to know the staff, parents, and of course the children for at least a couple months before you have a CDA advisor observe you. During those months, become familiar with what the advisor will be looking for when she observes by doing a self-study. Use the Observation Assessment Instrument that comes in the CDA application packet (this is the booklet the advisor will fill out when she observes you). Photocopy the booklet and use it to conduct your self-study- rate yourself on each of the criteria in the booklet. This will help you understand how you measure up to the Council’s standards and what it is you may need to change or adjust before you are observed. Everyone preparing for their observation by the advisor should do this! It is one of the most important pieces of advice I can offer! It really makes a difference!

  363. 628 Shirley
    July 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I need to know the format on how to type up the competency goals and etc?

    • 629 Deb Pierce
      July 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Shirley… you and everyone working on a CDA wants to know the format! Unfortunately, the materials from the Council are not very descriptive or informative. This is why I wrote The CDA Prep Guide. Try to get a hold of copy and you’ll have all the help you need.

  364. 630 Mit
    July 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Shirley!

    I just wanted to “Amen” Deb’s suggestion! LOL I got the CDA Prep Guide, and it was my saving grace. It literally held my hand through the entire process. I just had my verification visit on 7/20/11, and it was beautiful. Smooth as silk. Now, I’m just waiting for the grand prize to arrive in the mail!! Make the investment in the Prep Guide, it’s well worth it (AND MORE)! Good Luck!


    • 631 Deb Pierce
      July 26, 2011 at 1:25 am

      Thanks for the support! (One would think I had paid you for that!)
      I am happy the book is helping so many people earn a CDA. That means more qualified, quality caregivers for young children!

  365. 632 Terri
    July 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Hi Deb,
    I am currently a Special Education Teacher in the middle School setting and I am interested in becoming an Owner/Director of my own Daycare Center. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration. My question is… Will with a CDA be enough background for me to open my own daycare center and become Owner/Director of it…I need some guidance, please. Thank you.

    • 633 Deb Pierce
      July 27, 2011 at 2:31 am

      You’ll need to check with the child care licensing agency in your particular state to find out the requirements for being a child care center director. In many states, a CDA is adequate. I would highly recommend getting your CDA training in the form of college credits, so it is quality training. Also, you may be able to apply the courses towards a child care administrator’s certificate, which many community colleges offer. What you want to keep in mind, too… you will want to have more training in early childhood than your employees.

  366. 634 Tiffany
    July 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I currently have my CDA, but I dont know what all I can do with it now. Do you know?

    • 635 Deb Pierce
      August 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Depending on the state where you reside, a CDA will be necessary to get or keep a job in child care. In many states, it is required to be a lead teacher. In others, a CDA is needed just to be an assistant teacher. You will need to contact your state child care licensing agency to find out what your CDA will entitle you to do. Note… be sure to renew it when the time comes due… you never want it to expire!

  367. 636 Bridgett Bates
    August 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Im almost finish with my CDA but i am unable to locate a observation tool for behavior. Please help!

    • 637 Deb Pierce
      August 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      You can create your own form in order to conduct an anecdotal record. Or, if you get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide, you will see a sample form provided that you can use.

  368. 638 dawn simkins
    August 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    do you need both your cda and nack to open up a family center also i am getting my cda at the center i work at is my cda still good if i open my owe family base center

    • 639 Deb Pierce
      August 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      You will need to contact your state child care licensing agency to find out what qualifications are required to open a licensed home child care program. Yes, the CDA you are earning for center-based programs will be valid for a home child care as well. Later, if you want to get a family child care CDA, you can do that… it is called a “second setting” CDA and is a lot less work than the first one. But, it is not necessary for the moment. Your initial CDA will be recognized in any setting.

  369. 640 Kimberly
    August 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    How do I find out if my National CDA is still active? My Directors Credentail expires next year how and where do I go to renew it?

    • 641 Deb Pierce
      August 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Check the date on your National CDA Credential. If this is the first renewal, it had to have been renewed within 5 years (3 years, with a 2 year grace period). If it is a subsequent renewal, it would be within 7 years (5 years, with a 2 year grace period). You can also call the Council to check the status. (1-800-424-4310). I have no idea about how you will renew a director’s credential, because this is not governed by the Council.

  370. 642 SHO
    August 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm


    My name is Sho and I have a some questions. I use to work in childcare and in preschools setting for about eight years. I left and went to work at a public school but didn’t get many hours. So, I end up working for a community service program right now. If I want to work in head start would I have to have my CDA first or can I apply for the job and do school at the same time? Would I have to be working in childcare, how does this work? Where do I start first to get into head start and to get my CDA? What should be my first move and is a some type of assistance that I can apply for to help me pay for the classes? What if I wanted my own early head start program services?

    • 643 Deb Pierce
      August 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      You will need to contact your local Heat Start to see if they will hire you while you are working on your CDA, which is probably the case. I know that is done here in our state.You didn’t indicate what state you live in, so I am unable to determine whether or not you have access to the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program or others that would help pay for your required CDA training, books, and CDA application fee. If you want to respond back with that info, I can let you know. As for where to begin… you need 120 clock hours of training, so I would locate my nearest community college and find out if they have early childhood courses (you only need 3) that would help you get a CDA. The reason I am not suggesting getting training hours is that Head Start will soon require their teachers to have a degree. Getting training hours will not count toward a degree, should you decide to continue your education later… while the courses you take at a community college will.

  371. 644 Ms.Johnson
    August 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Good afternoon I have a few questions about the resource collection. What are some examples of songs that promote phonological awareness? Also for comp goal III # 7 am I able to provide book titles that I have checked out from the library and read to the kids.

  372. 645 Chantelle
    August 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    How do I write a question? This box seems to be a reply!!

  373. 647 Sherry
    September 1, 2011 at 2:44 am

    a friend of mine almost completed her CDA, However she gave up before she completed. I have had my CDA since 2000 and encouraged her to complete it. Does she just start where she left off or what does she need to do, she hasn’t done anything with it since 2006, but is now employed in childcare once again.

    • 648 Deb Pierce
      September 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      She cannot just pick up where she left off. All of her documentation must relate to the group of children she is working with now… he Resource File, her competency Goal Statements, and the Parent Questionnaires. So, she will need to do these over. Her training hours (120 clock hours of required training) may be expired, as well. They can be no more than 5 years old at the time she sends in her application form. If that is the case, she will need to retake the training. (If it is just a year over the 5 year expiration date, she can probably send in a waiver and the Council may still accept those hours.)

  374. 649 Brittany Lewis
    September 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hi my name is Brittany Lewis . I am interested in getting my CDA but I can not afford the fee for the course. What should i do? I need to know where to get the information to start.

    • 650 Deb Pierce
      September 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      If you will let me know what state you are from, I can help you find information for scholarships or other funding to cover the cost of getting a CDA.

  375. 651 Patricia Ryan
    September 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I take all my class for cda but never get my certificate Where i neeed to call, was 2008

    • 652 Deb Pierce
      September 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      There is more to earning a CDA than taking classes. Did you complete the rest of the process (preparing the Resource File & writing the Competency Goal Statements & having the formal assessment observation by a CDA Advisor) and submit your application form with the $325. application fee? Have you had your Verification Visit?

  376. 653 aries
    September 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    what do i have to do to get CDA ? to work
    in daycare

    • 654 Deb Pierce
      September 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      You need 120 clock hours of training first. Start working on that. Next, get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide to learn about the rest of the process.

  377. 655 Claribel
    September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, my question is i have 71 credits in education 4-6 grade going toward my BA and i want to have a cda how can i get one.

    • 656 Deb Pierce
      September 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      You need 120 clock hours in early childhood/child development. Perhaps you took some child development course(s) that would count, if they covered ages birth to 7. Each course is worth about 40 clock hours. The courses would have to be no older than 5 years, however. The rest of the training hours will have to be taken elsewhere. Perhaps the college you are attending for your BA would have some applicable courses.

  378. 657 Claudia Rodriguez
    September 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I seem to be stumped about what to do. I finished my course work for my CDA at a community college which failed to tell me I had to do my own application to the CDA Council. I actually got a certificate from the college that says I have been awarded/completed a CDA certificate, it however doesn’t have an expiration date. I was under the impression I had a Valid CDA which now am being told I don’t. The awarded college document/certificate is dated May 2006. Is my course work still good to apply for an assesment or to receive National recognition and if so what do I need to do.

    • 658 Deb Pierce
      September 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      A CDA certificate is not the same as the national CDA credential. I really wish institutions would stop naming these certificates like this, because it only serves to confuse people and they end up like you. Your training is about expired, since CDA will only accept training/coursework that is 5 years old or less. You might be able to ask for a waiver, since it is very close. You now need to get busy and finish the rest of the CDA process… be observed by a CDA Advisor, compile a Professional Resource File, write the 6 Competency Goal Statements, and prepare for the Verification Visit. Send for an application packet from the Council (request the packet for the setting you currently are working in… center-based preschool or center-based infant/toddler or family child care). You can order this off their website (cdacouncil.org) or by calling 1-800-424-4310. You might also want to get a copy of The CDA Prep Guide from my website to help you along.

  379. 659 Julie
    September 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I have 2 of the three classes for the CDA complete at the local college. This college is no longer offering the program. How do I go about finding this last class. I have tried some other local colleges however they do not offer Early Childhood Education. Any ideas? I live in Florida.

    • 660 Deb Pierce
      September 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      You might consider taking the last part of your training online. A good online program is sponsored by Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral (but can be taken by anyone) called Eager to Learn. Check out their website at eagertolearn.org.

  380. 661 erin pratt
    September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi! I have a quick question for you. I took my CDA classes back in 2008. I have since left the agency where I was supposed to get my CDA. I am now working in a center where they want me to have my CDA. So I never got my resource portfolio ready. I need to know what order to put my portfolio in and what i need to put in it. I’M SO LOST!!!. I can’t find anywhere on the internet omn how to set up my portfolio. Please help!

    • 662 Deb Pierce
      September 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

      You won’t find anywhere on the Internet where there are directions for this task. You can find help, though, in The CDA Prep Guide. It will walk you through each item of the Professional Resource File. And, if you need help getting it organized, you can get one already set up and ready to load from my website. I believe your stress just said goodbye!

  381. 663 Tracy Solheim
    September 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Deb,

    I am in the final stages of completing my 120 hours of online classes for my CDA. I have purchased The CDA Prep Guide ; the CDA Application Packet. There is currently a grant that I can apply for. What are some of the expenses I will incur through the rest of this process? Looking ahead to see if any of those expenses would qualify for my grant 🙂

    AND, where do I locate a CDA advisor? Will the advisor observe me before the application process? When do we set up this date?

    Tracy Solheim

    • 664 Deb Pierce
      September 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      There will be an application fee for your CDA application. It is $325. I am assuming your grant would also pay for this. The qualifications for an Advisor are in the Competency Standards booklet you will get with your application packet. It could be an acquaintance who perhaps has another family child care program (who has at least a CDA) or you could contact your local R&R agency to see if one of the trainers would be your Advisor. The best option would be someone you know. If you call the Council for a list of Advisors, they can charge as much as $100-$200 for their services. If you ask someone you know, you can buy them lunch or get them a Starbucks card ;o)\

  382. 665 Delaney
    September 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this question but 639 (!!) comments is a bit daunting to read through, I applaud you and your patience. My question is regarding the associate of science in early childhood and the CDA. Are they equivalent? Is one greater? I’m on the verge of completing the AS and was under the impression that I now would start the CDA process, however, a friend in the program just told me the AS is actually greater than and cancels out the need for the CDA. What’s the story?

    • 666 Deb Pierce
      September 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

      In most states, an Associate degree would make a CDA unnecessary, but you may want to check your state licensing agency and see what they say. A degree is always a step up from a CDA, which is an entry-level credential. However, I am not dismissing the CDA as inferior, as it is competency-based and looks good on anyone’s resume. It is up to you if you want both. Actually, for you, completing the process would not be a big deal.

  383. 667 julia
    September 28, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Hi, Deb my question is that I have early childhood associate certificate but I stopped continuing school. I would like to know if I need a credential to work with child care and what is it, because they ask if I have a credental. Yes I have work with head start, and public school as an aid.

    • 668 Deb Pierce
      September 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Most all states (actually 49 out of 50) require the CDA credential as part of licensing requirements. You will need to check with your particular child care licensing agency too see what types of positions you can have with a CDA and without one. Many programs will hire you if you as an assistant if you are actively working on a CDA. I do doubt if you could be in a lead position without a CDA.

      • 669 Ashley Doggett
        July 23, 2016 at 3:39 am

        After taking all the steps with the CDA long do it take them to get back with me

      • 670 Deb Pierce
        July 23, 2016 at 3:42 am

        If you’ve taken the Exam and had your Verification Visit and observation with the PD Specialist… You should hear in a couple days.

  384. October 11, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Hello, I have a questions. I was trying to figure it out by just reading through all your previous questions but there are just so many. First of all I just started taking my National CDA class and I am having trouble finding articles on learning experiences that promote cognitive, physical, and creative development for 3-5year olds. Do I need to have articles from the internet or can I just make my own with the goals, materials, and teaching strategies? Thank you.

    • 672 Deb Pierce
      October 11, 2011 at 3:08 am

      You don’t need articles for this item. You will make your own activities, based on what you do with the children you work with. You will need three activities for each of the 3 age groups (3’s, 4’s, and 5’s). You will explain how each of the 9 activities supports cognitive, creative, and physical development. Each activity will also include the materials. the procedures, and the learning objectives. For some sample activities and the best format to use for composing these for your CDA, see The CDA Prep Guide, 2nd edition.

  385. 673 Sarah Brummett
    October 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I have several questions: Does it matter if the competency statements are double or single spaced? Also, is there a particular type or size of font that needs to be used? Does the entire competency goal statement need to be between 200-500 words or each functional area?

    • 674 Deb Pierce
      October 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      For ease of reading, I always suggest double spacing and to use 12pt. font size…either Times New Roman or Arial. The entire Competency Goal Statement needs to be 200-500 words in length (closer to 500 is better!).

  386. 675 William F. Brockman
    October 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    My wife works at a PreSchool. An employee there has her masters degree in early childhood education from an accredited institution. This woman is teaching the other employees weekly in classes in an attempt to have them gain their CDA, ths is in Kansas.

    Does she need to be accredited or certified to do this to accomplish the goal of gaining CDA certification for her employee students?

    Does she have to follow an approved curriculum.

    Thanks in advance…..

    • 676 Deb Pierce
      October 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      The required 120 clock hours of training for a national CDA credential needs to be provided from a recognized and approved training source (accepted by The Council for Professional Recognition). The Council will not accept training from an individual unless she has been approved by the Council. Usually, the trainer has to be affiliated with an approved agency or institution. Your wife may want to check this out before attending any more training sessions, only to find out later that these hours do not count for anything.

  387. 677 denise
    October 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Can any body help me to find two goals in professionalism for my cda class if so thank you so much

    • 678 Deb Pierce
      October 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      The goals for professionalism will come from what you are doing yourself as an early childhood professional. Do you attend continuing education trainings? Do you go to conferences? Have you read over the NAEYC Code of Ethics and apply them to your work with children and families? Do you maintain a policy of confidentiality with the families in your program? These might be examples of what you do… but think of others, as well.

  388. 679 charlene weems
    October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    hi i’m currently taking my cda and i’m doing my resource file binder. i’m stuck on number seven . We must list ten books that use support development of children’s self esteem, separation , etc. My question is where can i find these books. I’ve checked alot of websites . Do u have any suggestions?

    • 680 Deb Pierce
      October 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      You really should not be looking on websites for these books. The Council wants you to list books that you use with the children in your program, not just ones you have seen on a website. Therefore, I suggest you visit your local library. Ask the children’s librarian to help you locate “Therapeutic Books,” which is what these types of books are. They help children get through difficult times or changing situations (such as the death of a loved one, a new baby in the family, going to school for the first time, etc.). Check out the books you choose, read them, and then make your listing for your Resource File. Then… read them to the children in your program!

  389. 681 Laurie Boyd
    October 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I only work with toddlers do i have to do the part in the CDA about infants and mobile babies?

    • 682 Deb Pierce
      October 28, 2011 at 12:20 am

      For the Infant/Toddler CDA, you will need to be observed with all three age groups… young infants, mobile infants, and toddlers. Your Competency Goal Statements will also reflect all three age groups.

  390. 683 Rhonda Smith
    November 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I currently hold my CDAE and I know that the name has changed. I use to access a site that would allow me to print my certificates and see my CEU credits and I do not remember the site can you help me to find what I am looking for.

    Rhonda Smith

    • 684 Deb Pierce
      November 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      I do not know what a CDAE is nor do I know how you can locate your certificates and CEU’s. This may be through your particular state and has nothing to do with the national CDA credential.

  391. 685 Trina
    November 4, 2011 at 12:34 am

    How can I find out if I passed my test?

  392. 687 Gaylene
    November 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I am working on my CDA. I need help with resource item #4, Can you help me??

  393. 688 Mrs.
    November 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I had my interview…I forgot to turn in one of my compence statements…will I still be able to get my cda…I feel pretty confident about my tests and everything else was turned in…will I stil get my cda or do I start all overs again…

    • 689 Deb Pierce
      November 16, 2011 at 4:00 am

      The decision on the CDA credential is based on many factors, not just one. Although you will certainly lose points for a missing Competency Goal Statement, it may not mean you losing the credential. I am not sure how the Council will view this. It is a very important part of your documentation, however. If you do get a regrets letter, at least you’ll know what to do in order to pass.

  394. 690 Joanne B.
    November 14, 2011 at 4:06 am

    What should the cover page of your PRF look like? What should be written? Should I add photos or decorate with a border?


    • 691 Deb Pierce
      November 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

      On the cover, centered:

      CDA Professional Resource File

      Your Setting

      Your Name

      Date of Application

      You can use a border, but no photos. This is a professional resource file, and should look professional.

  395. 692 Sarah
    November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am


    I have a couple of questions, if I apply for my CDA today via the TEACH program, how long will it be before the verificatin visit? I know they have cut off dates, will mine make it by Dec 1st or will I have to wait until March for the visit? Also the count for the Competany Goals is 500 words total, I have been writing out the question at the top, is this included in the word count or just my Goals are counted?

    Thank you!

    • 693 Deb Pierce
      November 16, 2011 at 4:05 am

      There are no more deadlines. Applications are accepted now on a rolling basis. Once your application is sent in, you can expect to receive a call from a CDA Council Representative to schedule your Verification Visit within 90 days.

  396. 694 Sarah
    November 16, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Ok, sorry, I have another question, scrolling through the blog….I did my training with the military and not through any agency, I called the CDA council and they said that just a letter from my Director would be ok to verify my hours as I have no certificates etc. There is a lot of training, including 13 preschool modules, what do I send as verification that i have done the training as the training was done in two different CDC’s overseas, I don’t have certificates to send,just a letter stating I have done over 120 hours of required training.


    • 695 Deb Pierce
      November 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

      Just type out a description of the 13 modules (what they covered and perhaps the titles of the modules). Staple that to the letter from your director verifying the hours.

      • 696 Sarah
        November 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm


        Thanks for your quick response, I actually have a certificate to say I completed the modules, should I send that in too? If so, do I send the original and will they return it to me?


      • 697 Deb Pierce
        November 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

        Yes, I would also send in the certificate that indicates you have completed the modules… but only a copy. You will get nothing back from the Council.

  397. 698 Deb Pierce
    November 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

    What was the date on your original CDA Credential?

    • 699 julia
      November 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Hi, deb how can i renew my credential it passed due on 2009 . Can I renew it without going back to college, or I have to go to college. I have applied for some jobs but they ask me for my credential wish i have not updated…

      • 700 Deb Pierce
        November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Julia, If this was to be your first renewal, I’m afraid too much time has gone by. You were to renew within 3 years… but you had a 2 year grace period, which would mean it had to be renewed before the end of 2011… and you’ve run out of time. One of the renewal requirements is to acquire a number of clock hours or CEUs in early childhood education and unless you have taken some classes or training since your credential was awarded, there wouldn’t be any way to get this done by the end of the year. If this was your second renewal (or any renewal after that), you would have 5 years (plus the grace period, making it 7 years) before it officially expired. Here is another reminder to all who read this… don’t let this happen to you. Deb


  398. 701 Deb Pierce
    November 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Is this your first renewal? What is the date on the credential?

    • 702 Veronica
      November 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

      This would be the first renewal and the date is June 2004, is there any hope for me………

      • 703 Deb Pierce
        November 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your CDA is officially deceased. The Council gives you a 2-year grace period, but you are well over than. If you want to have a CDA, you will need to complete the entire process over, including the 120 clock hours of training. Look at it this way… it may be really bad news for you, but perhaps for someone else who is reading this, it may be a saving grace because they will renew on time!

      • 704 Veronica
        November 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        Thanks Mrs. Deb.

  399. 705 worried
    November 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    hi my question is i just took my test about 4 weeks ago and the girl that took it the same day as me already got her certificate but i have not received mine yet does this mean that i failed i am so stressed out what will happen if i do fail will they send me a letter in the mail also i didn’t put my name on all my parent questionnaires just on the envelopes will that cause me to fail please help!!!!!!!

    • 706 Deb Pierce
      November 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      No. it doesn’t mean you failed. And no, not having put your name on the Parent Questionnaires isn’t an issue either. Yes, they would send you a letter if you were not awarded the credential. What you might do is call the Council and ask the status of your credential (1-800-424-4310). Tell them the date of your Verification Visit and the name of the Council Representative, if you still know it. No need to panic ;o)

  400. 707 worried
    November 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    thanks for all your help one more question the last name of the girl that took it with me started with a and my last name starts with t does that make a difference will that affect the date i get my certificate it has only been 3 days since she got hers last question promise thank you so much for this site

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:46 am

      I think you may be worried for nothing… a three day difference in getting your credential in the mail means nothing. I don’t think the letter of your last name means anything. To relieve your mind, call on Monday.

      • 709 Sue
        November 20, 2011 at 4:08 am

        This is for “worried”. I just want her to know, that I was here on your site back in 2009, sounding exactly like her
        : ) I had gone through the entire process of earning my CDA with a friend/co-worker) Waiting for the results was an ordeal for me. My friend had gotten hers back almost immediately, which led me to ask the same questions “worried” is asking. I am happy to say, even though mine came in much, much later, I had passed and now have my CDA. I called the number you had given her, so many times, I’m thinking they actually were expecting me when their phone rang : ) I worried for nothing.
        However, Reason for the delay : I did have to be observed in the classroom twice because the first time my class had only 6 students in on that day. I wasn’t aware that the class had to have a certain amount of students. It’s been so long, that I want to say it was suppose to be at least 8?? I ended up having my observation in my afternoon class which had 15 children.
        I can definitely relate to all these worries. and concerns.
        I also want to say, that I’ve had your site bookmarked, and come to it frequently. You were very helpful to me, and because I’m almost ready to renew for the first time, I’m sure I’ll be back for more questions.
        So thank you for such a helpful site.

      • 710 Deb Pierce
        November 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        Sue, Thanks for all your encouragement for “Worried” and similar worriers out there in the CDA Jungle. A little support and mentoring is all it takes to stay calm and focused as this credential is earned!



  401. 711 Marisa
    November 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I have question, how hard is it to receive a waiver for your CDA. Long story, but I have Multiple Sclerosis,and work full time. It is very hard to complete. I have college credits and tons of hours. I work for head start and we have deadlines as you probably know. I love learning, but am worried about loosing my job, if I don’t have it by the deadline. I want to buy your binder and help book, but not yet until I figure out what to do.

    Thank you so much

    • 712 Deb Pierce
      November 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

      If you have college credits and verifiable training hours that are less than 5 years old, they will probably work. Any training older than that will not be accepted. How many hours do you have that is less than 5 years old? What was the training about?

  402. 713 Sherri Lambart
    November 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I have a co-worker that has her associates in education and almost done with her bachelors in teaching but is working at a center in the toddler room which requires her to take the infant toddler class that is part of a cda. She wants to take it online what is the best way to find online a online class without having to go through all the red tape of being accepted to another college? Her college is not offering the class till the fall and she needs to take it now.

  403. 715 Elaine
    November 30, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I need to clear up some confusion..I received my CDA in June of 2010, it says I’m good until June 2013. Am I really good until then? I keep hearing TWO YEARS…should I renew by this June? Thanks so much!

    • 716 Deb Pierce
      December 5, 2011 at 12:36 am

      If this is your first renewal, it must be renewed within 3 years. After that, every 5 years. So, you have until June 2013.

  404. 717 brandi
    December 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Hello there, I have a question I’m sure you can answer. I currently have my preschool CDA (issued 6/10) but I would like to obtain another for infant/toddler. My CDA classes were taken and finished by Nov. 2009. I am wondering where I can find some information about what I need to do for a second CDA. I understand I will need to do another portfolio but I am hoping some of my training will transfer. Thanks for your time!

    • 718 Deb Pierce
      December 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Here is the information about earning a second-setting CDA:
      Second Setting Candidates must hold an active CDA credential, and their original credential must have been earned on or after January 1, 1993.
      Second Setting Candidates must document a minimum of 45 clock hours of training specific to the second setting. The hours may be part of the original 120 formal training clock hours or additional training.
      The Candidate must have a minimum of 60 clock hours of work experience with children of the second setting/age group. These hours must be accrued over a period of no less than three months within the past five years and must be accrued while working as a volunteer or paid staff in a group setting.
      An Observation is required, by an Advisor selected by the Candidate, where the Candidate is working as a lead caregiver within the second setting/age group. Learn more about the CDA Advisor.
      A Professional Resource File is required. It is comprised of (a) 17 resource items, (b) six statements of competence, and (c) an autobiography, specific to the second setting/age group is required.
      Candidates are also required to distribute and collect Parent Opinion Questionnaires from the parents of the children in the second setting/age group class.
      – The fee for the Second Setting CDA is $225.
      – There will NOT be a Verification Visit with a Council Representative.
      – The Candidate will be required to send all materials directly to the Council.
      You will need to purchase your second-setting application packet from the Council.
      Hope this helps…

  405. 719 Deb Pierce
    December 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

    You do have a lot of good experience, but in order to earn a CDA, you need 120 clock hours of early childhood training or courses that was taken no more than 5 years ago. Perhaps you have had some in-service training within this time frame for which you have some training certificates to prove you took them? Otherwise, you will need to acquire the full number of clock hours. You will not be able to apply for a CDA until this training is completed.

  406. 720 Deb Pierce
    December 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Diane, In order to apply for the CDA, you must have 120 clock hours of early childhood training that was completed no longer than 5 years ago. Perhaps you have taken some inservice training within this time frame for which you have certificates proving you took it. Otherwise, you will need to complete the full 120 hours. This equates to 3 courses at your local community college, or you can acquire this time with training hours or online. You might want to check out Eager to Learn at eagertolearn.org. This is quality online training.

  407. 721 Katie
    December 5, 2011 at 3:42 am

    How long does the competency goals 4, 5 and 6 have to be?

    • 722 Deb Pierce
      December 5, 2011 at 4:14 am

      Competency Goals IV, V, and VI need to be between 200-500 words in length. However, if you are trying to demonstrate your competency, I would hope you would make each of them right around 500 words. You can’t show much of anything in 200 words, now can you?

  408. 723 Sheena
    December 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Hey Deb I live in Miami Florida and I earned my CDA while in high school 2006. As of now it is expired and has been for several years now. Please advise on anyway to get it renewed for the less expensive cost. I am currently a student at Kaplan University. Is there a discount for college students? Please help I really want to start on this so that I can start my long-term goal (Open a child care center) Thanks in advance 🙂

    • 724 Deb Pierce
      December 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Unfortunately, you can no longer renew your CDA. It expired in 2009 (after 3 years). The Council gives CDA’s a two-year grace period, but that has also expired. If you are working on an early childhood degree at Kaplan, you probably do not need a CDA anyway to open a child care program. You can contact your state child care licensing agency to check for sure, though. If you still need a CDA, you need to re-apply for a new one. Your early childhood courses at Kaplan will probably count toward the training hours required, as long as they were not taken longer than 5 years ago. Let me know if I can help further.

  409. 725 sharmila
    December 7, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I finished my diploma in early childhood care and education i like to do my higher study in that field. but i don’t know what to study. pls give some suggestions.

    • 726 Deb Pierce
      December 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      I would start out with a CDA, getting college credits for the required training hours. That way, you can use those credits towards a degree after earning the CDA. You will need 3 courses in early childhood education for your CDA, covering the required subject areas. Courses that would probably work would be some type of Introduction to Early Childhood Education course, a Health, Safety and Nutrition course, and an Early Childhood curriculum course. Check with your local community college to see what they have to offer. Also check into any scholarships that may be available in your state to help cover the cost. Perhaps your state participates in the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program. Call the local Child Care Resource & Referral agency or local AEYC for information about this.

  410. 727 Deb Pierce
    December 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    There is no salary for either one of these positions. You are paid for each Verification Visit you do as a Council Representative. It comes to about $200 or so per candidate. You are assigned candidates to assess by the Council, so it is not a constant stream of work, but just occasional. You also have to attend a full day training session to be a Rep and at first can only work with center-based preschool candidates. After a time and some experience, you can ask to be given infant/toddler and family child care candidates. You also have to attend a refresher training every other year to remain on the active list of Reps.
    As for being a CDA advisor, you can attend a training session for that, but it is not mandatory. You can find people on your own to work with as an advisor, or you can be listed on the Council’s advisor registry if you complete a form you can get on their website. You would need to send a copy of your resume and proof of education. Once on the registry, if a candidate in your area is looking for an advisor, he or she can call the Council to get a listing and you would be on it. Advisors can charge anywhere from $80. to $200 to conduct the formal observation for a candidate. Again, this is not regular work, but only occasional. Neither one of these positions could be substituted for a career of any kind.

  411. 728 Jo-Ann Johnson
    December 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I was working in early childcare and started woirking on my cda and only had a few classes left. I then left and started school for nursing. Now I have decieded to go back into childcare and would like to be a director or assistant director in TX. How long are cda class credits good for?I last took classes on 2005 Wouid I have to start all over again?Also do they count since they are from RI?Also would I still need to also get an associates degree?Thank you for any help you can give me.

    • 729 Deb Pierce
      December 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Your coursework is only good for 5 years, so it has expired. If they were not expired, it wouldn’t matter in what state the courses were taken. If you plan to become a director or assistant director, your best bet would be to go back and continue to earn an associate degree. You will probably want to have more education than your employees.

  412. 730 Patrice
    December 22, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Hello!! I just moved to Orlando a month ago. All my experience is being a Principal in a childcare or preschool. I had a preschool for 12 years but not here at the Dominican Republic. Also I have worked as a Academic Coordinator and my last job was an Academic Principal. Can I get