Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

"The journey has been incredible"

"To anyone considering taking the CDA class, I would say don't think twice; it can only open doors for you." -Youleidy Vega, CDA Candidate 2017

Former CDA Candidates, now CDA Graduates, present a project during a class at CCRN.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is an important part in starting a career in early childhood education. It is based on a core set of Competency Standards that teach CDA candidates how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Over 420,000 educators have received their CDA to date, with approximately 18,000 early childhood professionals becoming new CDAs annually. Don’t be left out! Child Care Resource Network offers the most comprehensive CDA program in Western New York. Ready to start your incredible journey? Read on.

Want to Earn Your CDA?

Ready to get the ball rolling? To start the process of earning your CDA Credential, please download and complete the Child Development Associate application. It may be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to our offices at:

Child Care Resource Network

1000 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

Fax: 716-877-6205


Once you’ve completed an application, please contact Gayle Nixon at 716-877-6666 ext. 3018 to get signed up for the next class. Classes are offered on a rolling basis, but space is limited.

When signing up to receive your CDA from Child Care Resource Network, you’ll receive: 

  • 120 hours of seminar and class instruction led by local leading experts in the early childhood field
  • One-on-one mentoring and advisement 
  • Support and guidance every step of the way

Why should you earn your CDA Credential? You will:

  • Advance your professional career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practices
  • Increase your confidence

Need to make a CDA Payment?

If you are a newly enrolling CDA candidate looking to pay your application fee or any of the other starting costs associated with the CDA by credit card please see below. 

Newly Enrolled CDA Candidates

If you are a current CDA candidate looking to pay tuition for a module by credit card please see below.

Current CDA Candidates

 Child Care Resource Network also partners with local programs to provide customized CDA experiences. In fall 2017, CCRN completed a CDA training course for multiple staff members of Doodle Bugs Children's Learning Academy. Here's what they had to say regarding their experience with the course and CCRN Education & Training Specialist Maryann Ciskal:

"I have learned so much throughout the course of this class, and I appreciate your dedication to us, the time you put in, and the fact that you shared so many stories, experiences, and advice with us." -Meg

"I really enjoyed this experience and cannot wait to put in practice everything I learned from you!" -Michelle

"Even after having 22 years of child care experience, I still learned so much from you! Thank you for sharing your knoweldge, expertise, advice, stories, experiences, patience, and support. It truly means a lot." -Dawn

"Thank you for dedicating your time to us and caring so much about our learning experiences! You have brought out a passion in me that will stay forever. I couldn't have asked for a better person to lead our classes." -Gabbie

"I'm excited to use everything we have learned in the classroom!" -Megan


Are you interested in bringing a customized CDA course to your program? Contact Susan DiNatale, Director of Training & Education, to learn more at:

716-877-6666   |