CDA Training

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is the simplest, quickest, and most inexpensive way to further your career in early childhood education. ChildSavers‘ CDA training is a virtual, flexible, study program that takes place over 13 months and is taught by Cindy Kern. Cindy has more than 40 years of experience in early education and has trained hundreds of child care providers who went on to earn their CDA.

What to Expect: ChildSavers’ CDA Training

ChildSavers offers CDA classes online! Our CDA training is 13-month CDA Class leading up to your test and observation. We’ll help you on your journey to earning your CDA, which will include:

  • A monthly class for 13 months. Don’t worry, multiple morning and evening classes are offered per month!
  • 13 chapters of homework (1 per month), feedback about your assignments, and a portfolio notebook that we’ll help you complete.
  • Upon completion of ChildSavers’ CDA training program, you will receive a certificate of completion for 120 clock hours of study needed to apply for credentialing through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.

This coursework will prepare you  for your CDA observation, completed by an appointed CDA representative, followed by your CDA exam administered by Pearson View Testing Center. We can help you coordinate this too!

To enroll or for more information contact Cindy Kern:


How Much Does CDA Training Cost?

There are 13 classes in ChildSavers CDA Training Course. Each online CDA class costs $10 if you’re enrolled in Virginia Quality, CACFP, or Voluntary Registration (free and easy to enroll through ChildSavers). If you are not enrolled in these programs, it will cost $20 per class. Books for the course cost $100.

What You’ll Learn in CDA Training

Our CDA training course is for child care providers who want to learn about the development of young children and be able to demonstrate the teacher skills associated with providing quality child care.

Topics of study include:

  • Safety
  • Health
  • Learning Environment
  • Discipline
  • Family Involvement
  • Professionalism
  • And more!

CDA candidates are also provided with guidance on developing their own professional resource file, distributing parent questionnaires, writing competency statements, the observation, and the CDA written assessment and oral interview.

The Benefits of Earning Your CDA

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a quick and inexpensive way to further your career in early childhood education and child care. Instead of spending two years earning an associates degree, you can speed up the process by earning your CDA in 13-15 months!

The benefits of earning your CDA include:

  • Your CDA is valid in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Once you earn your CDA, you can become a lead teacher at your center and/or become a director of a child care center in Virginia without a college degree.

How Do I Get Started?

To start, we ask that you join us for a free orientation. Then, Cindy will set you up for the course!

To participate, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and participating in an early child care class through their high school
  • Or hold a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Be currently employed or volunteering in a child care center or family day home
  • Enroll at any time throughout the year once you have attended an orientation
  • Attend at least one class per month and complete required assessments


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