Want to Advance your Career?

Start by earning your Child Development Associate


Meet Eligibility Requirements

  • Are you 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent, or you are a junior or senior in a high school vocational program in early education.

  • Have 480 hours of experience working with young children within the past 5 years in a state-licensed home or center setting.

Then choose one of the following areas:

  • Infant/Toddler Specialization
  • Preschool Specialization

  • Family Childcare Specialization
  • Home Visitor Specialization


Obtain 120 Clock hours of training through GHCCA after which we will observe you in a licensed childcare setting working with young children and assist you with completing your Professional Resource File (all of which will be explained in class.)

Additional Steps Include:

Complete and mail the following documents to the CDA Council:

  • Direct Assessment Application
  • $425 assessment fee (paid to the CDA Council)

  • Verification of the 120 hours of training
     (obtain through GHCCA)

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GHCCA Courses does not grant the CDA. The CDA Credential is administered and awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition.

The cost of the CDA TRAINING CLASS IS $350.

Pre-Register with a $50 deposit (deposit will be applied to your balance)

Payment Plans Available

To obtain more information about the CDA Credential visit www.cdacouncil.org

Call: 832-322-1178 to get started.