Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparatory Program from the Capital District Child Care Council (CDCCCC)

Thursdays, 6pm-9pm starting on January 28, 2016

This course is designed to ensure that CDA candidates gain a comprehensive understanding of child development, become familiar with assessment instruments used in early care and education, prepare developmentally appropriate environments, and strengthen professional skills. Candidates will examine competence in the areas of: health, safety, environment, physical development, cognitive development, and social/emotional development, and guidance, relationships with families, program management and professionalism.


Tuition for the CDA is $1,750, with a monthly payment option available.

Financial Assistance:

The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS). Its purpose is to assist child care providers in paying for the professional development training and education they need to provide quality care to children. Eligibility requirements apply.

Required Texts (covered under student tuition):

Washington, V. (2013).  Essentials for Working with Young Children.  Washington, DC: The Council for Professional Development.

Additional Guides: 

  • New York State Early Learning Guidelines 
  • New York State Core Body of Knowledge 
  • The Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program and CDA Competency Standards 

Instructional Strategies Attain Lab Modules: Child Development 1, 2 and 3.  Available now, at the CSCC!

To Enroll: Contact the CSCC and speak to an Education Coordinator at 518-694-4510.  Space is limited!