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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

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.

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

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


Once you’ve completed an application, please contact Kirstin at 716-877-6666 ext. 3039 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 NEW CDA candidate looking to pay application and/or material fees please see below

New 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

School-Age Care (SAC) Credential

Are you a child care provider that works with school-age children? The School-Age Care (SAC) Credential has been developed to promote quality services to children and families by providing specific standards, training, and evaluation of school-age staff members and providers. 

By earning a SAC Credential, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to gain professional recognition for demonstrating competence in on-the-job skills.


Enroll in our Next SAC Credential Preparatory Course today!

Download SACC Application

In order to be considered for this course, you must submit an application; after you have been accepted into the program, you will be sent a link to register. Please submit all applications to: 

Child Care Resource Network

ATTN: Sara Rickan

1000 Hertel Avenue 

Buffalo, NY 14216

or via e-mail to: srickan@wnychildren.org

or via fax to: 716-877-6205

Child Care Resource Network is a host agency for the New York State SAC Credential Preparatory Course. The course is an in-depth study of competency standards that reflect best practices in after-school programs. This course is specifically designed for individuals currently employed in SACC programs, center-based, or home-based child care programs who serve children ages 5 to 13 years old. Seminar instruction is held weekday mornings during the school year. Class does not take place during school breaks. In addition to seminar instruction, CCRN also provides you with a Credential Advisor who will serve as your mentor throughout the credentialing process