Earn Your CDA

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 are 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.  Our 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 $2,500.


Current CDA Session

Our March 2024 CDA session will start Tuesday, March 26th, 2024.

Apply for your EIP Award now using the link below:

To apply for your EIP Award through PDP go to:  Sign In or Create an Account

For additional information on the program:  CDA Info


A completed Registration Application must also be received to finalize your registration into this class.

We can answer your CDA questions through e-mail or over the phone. Please contact Kristi Cusa by emailing kristic@childcaresolutionscny.org or calling (315) 446-1220 ext. 309.

Registration Instructions

1.   Apply for an EIP Award through PDP to help pay the $2,500 course fee.  If you do not qualify for this award you will be responsible for the balance and you will receive a Payment Plan to help make your payments.

2.  Once we see your name on PDP for an EIP Award or you have notified us you will be using CSEA funding you must submit a Registration Application to finalize your registration.

3.  This Registration Application Form must be completed by all students.  Return the form to Child Care Solutions, 6724 Thompson Rd, Syracuse, NY 13211.

4.  We must receive confirmation of your payment method by March 22nd.