Professional Recognition


Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
the Child Development Associate Credential is a nationally recognized entry level credential in the field of Early Childhood Education. It is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.
The CDA is designed for those individuals who are working with young children in all settings. The CDA will prepare you to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework. The CDA is a mark of professionalism and gives assurance to parents and administrators that they have hired a competent individual to work with their children.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Type of child care:  Child Care Centers, School Based Settings
Main standards addressed:
  • Relationships
  • Curriculum (goals that promote learning )
  • Teaching (teaching approaches)
  • Assessment of Child Progress (provide information on children’s learning and development)
  • Health (promotes nutrition and health)
  • Teachers (meets educational qualifications)
  • Families (establishes collaborative relationships)
  • Community Relationships (establishes relationship with community)
  • Physical Environment (indoor and outdoor space,  equipment and materials)
  • Leadership and Management (policies and procedures support program management)
Phone:  1-800-424-2460
NAEYC Website
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Types of child care:  School Based Settings
Main standards addressed:
  • Mission and Expectations
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Leadership and Organization
  • School Resources for Learning
  • Community Resources for Learning
Phone:  855-886-3272
NEASC Website
Head Start
Types of child care:  Child Care Centers, School Based Settings
Main Standards Addressed:
  • Learning Environment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Relationships
  • Curriculum
Head Start Website
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
Type of child care:  Family Child Care
Main standards addressed:
  • Relationships
  • The Environment
  • Developmental Learning Activities
  • Safety and Health
  • Professional Business Practices
Phone:  1-800-359-3817
NAFCC Website