Earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Earning a CDA will help you:

  • Learn to establish a healthy learning environment for children while advancing their physical and intellectual competence.
  • Learn to support the social and emotional development of children and how to establish productive relationships with families.
  • Gain professional opportunities and motivation for further educational opportunities while advancing in the early education profession.


Class Location
Program Dates and Times
Application Deadline

Mifflin County
Lewistown Children's Center
10 Bollinger Road, Lewistown

Oct. 9, 2014 - May 28, 2015
Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
Saturdays: TBD

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Northumberland County
Sunbury YMCA
1150 North 4th Street, Sunbury

Oct. 11, 2014 - May 30, 2015
Mondays 6-9 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Download the flier for more information. To register for any of these classes, visit Please note, you must log in or register for an account to sign up for a class. For help registering for a class, please call Melissa Nagengast at 717-780-1931.

The CDA is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. This credential is recognized in the Keystone STARS Continuous Quality Improvement System as meeting Level III on the PA Early Learning Keys to Quality Career Lattice.

According to the CDA Council, a Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process and has been awarded the CDA Credential. CDAs are able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.

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