Why is child care and after school care important?

Click here to find out!

Visit our blog:

Child Care Today

Make a Donation

Join Our Mailing List




What is a Child Development Associate?

A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed a CDA Credential program. She/he demonstrates the ability to meet the specific developmental needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in an early care and education child setting.

Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition administers the nationally recognized credentialing program as a major effort to improve the quality of early care and education. The Child Care Resource Network offers the Seminar Instruction, Field Training, and Advisement required to obtain the CDA Credential.

A CDA is an individual who has demonstrated competence in her/his ability to meet the CDA Competency Goals through her/his work in a center-based, or family child care program with children ages birth to five years old.

Child Development Associate Class Information

Download the Child Development Associate Application

For more information, please contact us.

Child Care Resource Network is proud to offer a comprehensive CDA program in the Western New York area. With us you will receive:

  • 120 hours of seminar instruction led by local experts in the early childhood field
  • One on one mentoring and advisement
  • Support and guidance every step of the way
  • Articulation agreements with local colleges 

CDA is funded in part by United Way of Buffalo and Erie County 



Erie Community College


Niagara County Community College

CDA Testimontials

I wish I could just help people realize how much they can touch a life of a child and provide a caring environment for children. CDA is truly a goal that achieves this.

This facility is blessed to have staff that are so genuine and passionate about children, and are so willing to empower others. My experience here has enhanced not only my profession but my life.