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Quorum provides affordable, high-quality, online professional development to early education programs. A Quorum membership includes all of the 120 hours of CDA-required training at no additional fee.

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160+ hours of courses
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Certificates awarded for CEUs and state training hours
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Meets training requirement of the Council for Professional Recognition's Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
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Earn your CDA®

The Council for Professional Recognition administers and awards the Child Development Associate® (CDA®) credential after applicants have completed the below four steps.

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1. Training

Complete 120 hours of training using Quorum's 160+ hours of CDA-approved courses.

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2. Portfolio

Create a CDA® Portfolio using the Quorum CDA® Planner course.

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3. Apply

Submit application to the Council for Professional Recognition.

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4. Verify

Schedule CDA® Exam and classroom verification visit through the Council for Professional Recognition.

Recommended Courses

CDA® Subject Area 1

Planning a safe and healthy learning environment

Examples: Safety, first aid, health, nutrition, space planning, materials, equipment, play

CourseHours / CEUs
Traveling with Precious Cargo OR Transportation Training for Georgia3 hours / .3 CEUs
Safe Spaces and Places to Grow and Learn3 hours / .3 CEUs
Understanding Child Abuse and Prevention3 hours / .3 CEUs
Safe Sleep and Sweet Dreams for Infants2 hours / .2 CEUs
Cut the Cooties! Communicable Disease Prevention in Child Care2 hours / .2 CEUs
Learning Environment: How Classroom Arrangement Impacts Behavior4 hours / .4 CEUs
Keeping Our Children Safe: Planning Ahead and Being Prepared4 hours / .4 CEUs
Family Child Care Indoor Environment5 hours / .5 CEUs
Enriching Indoor Environments5 hours/ .5 CEUs
Total31 hours

CDA® Subject Area 2

Advancing children's physical and intellectual development

Examples: Large and small muscle, language and literacy, discovery, art, music mathematics, social sciences, science, technology, dual language learning

CourseHours / CEUs
Growing Language for Infants and Toddlers3 hours / .3 CEUs
Piramide: Interactive Storytelling3 hours / .3 CEUs
From Food to Physical Activity4 hours / .4 CEUs
Child Language Development and Signs of Delay3 hours / .3 CEUs
Phonological Awareness: The Connection of Sounds to Reading4 hours / .4 CEUs
Inspiring Creativity: All the World Is a Stage4 hours / .4 CEUs
STEM in the Preschool Classroom5 hours / .5 CEUs
Outdoor Learning Environment4 hours / .4 CEUs
Total30 hours

CDA® Subject Area 3

Supporting children's social and emotional development

Examples: Adult modeling, self-esteem, self-regulation, socialization, cultural identity, conflict resolution

CourseHours / CEUs
Challenging Behavior: Reveal the Meaning3 hours / .3 CEUs
Building Positive Relationships4 hours / .4 CEUs
Responsive Caregiving: Nurturing Relationships with Infants and Toddlers2 hours / .2 CEUs
The Juggling Act: Schedules, Routines and Transitions4 hours / .4 CEUs
School-Age Care5 hours / .5 CEUs
Building Resilience After Natural Disasters3 hours / .3 CEUs
Creating Positive Connections4 hours / .4 CEUs
Responsive Feeding for Infants and Young Toddlers2 hours / .2 CEUs
Total27 hours

CDA® Subject Area 4

Building productive relationships with families

Examples: Parent involvement, home visits, conferences, referrals, communication strategies

CourseHours / CEUs
Family Engagement: The Road to Better Outcomes for Children4 hours / .4 CEUs
Building Strong Relationships with Families3 hours / .3 CEUs
Honoring All Families4 hours / .4 CEUs
Total11 hours

CDA® Subject Area 5

Managing an effective program

Examples: Planning, record keeping, reporting, community services

CourseHours / CEUs
Foundations of Quality Teams4 hours / .4 CEUs
Implementing Quality Teams4 hours / .4 CEUs
Administrative Leadership3 hours / .3 CEUs
Program and Classroom Assessment3 hours / .3 CEUs
Total14 hours

CDA® Subject Area 6

Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

Examples: Advocacy, ethical practices, workforce issues, professional development, goals, networks

CourseHours / CEUs
The Reflective Teacher: Examining Beliefs, Impacting Practices3 hours / .3 CEUs
Teaching with Intention4 hours / .4 CEUs
Essentials of Leadership in Early Childhood Education4 hours / .4 CEUs
CDA® Planner5 hours / .5 CEUs
Teacher Leadership3 hours / .3 CEUs
Total19 hours

CDA® Subject Area 7

Observing and recording children's behavior

Examples: Tools and strategies for objective observation and assessment of children's behavior and learning to plan curricula and individualize teaching, developmental delays, intervention strategies, individual education plans

CourseHours / CEUs
Child Assessment: The Essentials of Individualizing4 hours / .4 CEUs
Foundations of Curriculum4 hours / .4 CEUs
Developmental Milestones5 hours / .5 CEUs
Total13 hours

>CDA® Subject Area 8

Understanding principles of child development and learning

Examples: Typical developmental expectations for children from birth through age five, individual variation including children with special needs, cultural influences on development, early brain development

CourseHours / CEUs
Foundations for Learning Every Day3 hours / .3 CEUs
Learning Every Day through the Senses2 hours / .2 CEUs
Exploring the Piramide Approach3 hours / .3 CEUs
Piramide: The Power of Play3 hours / .3 CEUs
Enriching Play3 hours / .3 CEUs
Dual Language Learners3 hours / .3 CEUs
The Developing Infant and Toddler3 hours / .3 CEUs
Autism 1013 hours / .3 CEUs
Total22 hours