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0600 Child Development Associate: Diploma

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Diploma Program trains entry-level child care providers, and prepares them for assessment by the Council for Professional Development. The CDA is a national competency-based credential for persons who work in early childhood settings. Students completing this program who meet the requirements of the Council are eligible to apply for assessment. Persons who successfully complete the assessment are awarded the CDA credential. Credits in this program may be applied to the Child Care Certificate and Associate Degree Programs. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg, Lebanon, and York campuses, as well as through Virtual Learning. Some of the required courses are available at the Lancaster Campus.


This program is intended for personnel who are working as caregivers in center-based or home-based child care settings.

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
  • Advance the physical and intellectual competence of young children
  • Support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance for young children
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Ensure a well run program that is responsive to participant needs
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism
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