CDA Offering

What is the CDA?

  • The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.
  • The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

How do I get started?

  1. Send official transcripts to Henry Ford College (must be sent directly from school or college).
  2. Apply to Henry Ford College online:
  3. Apply for financial aid by either:
  4. Complete registration by contacting Bernita Bradely, Engagement & Outreach for Excellent Schools Detroit, at 313.638.0084 x33 or