Earn Your CDA

Next Sessions Begin January 7th, 2020!

This winter we’re excited to offer our CDA course in both Syracuse and Auburn! Both sessions begin on January 7th, 2020. The courses are the same, except for location and class dates/time. The Syracuse & Auburn courses have separate registration packets; please see below to download the packets. 

Interested in learning more or have questions about our CDA program? 

Join us on Tuesday, December 17th, for a free information session! The session will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at our Syracuse Office (6724 Thompson Road) and open to anyone. Our CDA instructors will give an overview of the course, answer your questions, and discuss the upcoming Amnesty Period being offered by the CDA Council. No OCFS credit hours will be given for this free information session. We’re also happy to answer your questions over the phone or by email, contact Lisa Potter at (315) 446-1220 ext. 336 or lisap@childcaresolutionscny.org.


Upcoming CDA Course Information

Syracuse CDA Course

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The Syracuse CDA Course will be held on the days below at our office (6724 Thompson Road) on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, with the exception of one Saturday class (3/28) which runs from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

Auburn CDA Course

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The Auburn CDA Course will be held on the days below at the Cayuga County Community Action Head Start building (1 Brookfield Street) on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5:15 - 8:15 PM.

CDA? What’s that? The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a nationally recognized credential in the early childhood education field and is a stepping stone on the path of career advancement for family child care providers, center-based or school setting staff. Demand is high for quality child care providers and earning your CDA is a mark of professionalism that is widely respected. It gives assurance to parents and administrators that they have hired a qualified individual to care for their children. Whether you’re just beginning your career or an established provider looking to grow your program, we offer a six-month CDA course that will give you the confidence and motivation to advance your career as an early childhood educator. The Child Care Solutions CDA Program is a unique combination of training and mentoring. This dual approach supports the CDA candidate while focusing on quality improvement within their program.


What does it cost? Child Care Solutions’ CDA program is $1500, including a $50 registration fee. Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please visit https://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu. You may also contact EIP by email at eip-to@albany.edu, or by phone at either (800) 295-9616 or (518) 442-6575. Funds for CDA training are also now available through CSEA/VOICE CDA Scholarship Program for registered & licensed FDC/GFDC providers. Please contact CSEA/VOICE directly for more information.

Registration Instructions

1. Download a copy of either theSyracuse Course Registration Packet or theAuburn Course Registration Packet. Please print and complete the form, including the “Understanding the Financial Responsibility of Your CDA Course” section, this must be signed and dated.

2. Pay your $50 registration fee one of two ways: pay online through our website, click here for the Syracuse Course or click here for the Auburn Course. You may also mail payment to Child Care Solutions, 6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13211

3. Submit your signed registration form to Child Care Solutions at the address above. You may mail this form in with the $50 registration fee, mail separately if paying online, or bring to the first class of the session.