Child Development Program-CDA

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This program will be conducted "live" online using the Zoom platform. The course will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the course using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. Details for taking the institutes online will be emailed to you prior to the first session after you register.

Child Development Associate Program - CDA

Course Number: CC-0900   
$950 (includes textbook)
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for the current schedule of classes. (please note: only the upcoming schedule of course will be posted. Courses that have already taken place or are in progress will not appear)
Program Overview
In today's childcare settings, Child Development Associated (CDA) caregivers make a difference in the care and education of young children. The continuing education department of Molloy College offers a 120-hour CDA program for the three childcare settings:
- Home visitor personnel
- Family child care
- Center-based
The CDA competency standards are the core of the program in addition to learning pediatric first aid and the identification and reporting of child abuse/neglect.

The Council for Professional Recognition, headquartered in Washington, D. C., operates the CDA National Credentialing Program. The CDA program represents a national effort to credential qualified caregivers who work with children from birth through age five.
As more and more childcare centers secure their NAEYC (National Association for Education of the Young Child) Certification the demand for The Child Development Associate will be even more highly prized than it is now.  The Child Development Associate is a person who has successfully complete CDA assessment and has been awarded the CDA Credential. S/he is able to meet the specific needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
The program will be directed in the following 8 content areas:
1. Planning safe healthy environment to invite learning
2. Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development
3. Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development
4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation
6. Maintaining commitment to professionalism
7. Observing/recording children's behavior
8. Principles of child growth and development

Credentials are not awarded solely for the successful completion of the 120 hour course.  CDA candidates are also required to have 480 hours of experience working with children under 5 years of age in a structured child care center within the past 5 years. It is recommended that students incorporate the work experience component during the course work.

Scholarship and Financial Aid
The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) was established by New York State to assist students with on-going training and education in the childcare field. Through EIP you may be eligible for funding toward the cost of the above-mentioned childcare program. To find out more and to apply online, visit: or call the EIP Information line at: 1-800-295-9616.

For information on discounts, financial aid, veterans benefits  and student loans please call 516-323-3550.

Schedule of Classes
The CDA program is is offered once per year from February to June. The program meets two nights per week from 6:45pm - 9:45pm.  Click here for the current schedule of classes. (please note: only the upcoming schedule of course will be posted. Courses that have already taken place or are in progress will not appear)

To register online  anytime or call our office at 516.323.3550. Please note that during July and August the office is closed on Friday. If you pay online or in-person with a credit card, there will be a fee of 2.75% for domestic cards and 4.25% for international cards. You can avoid these charges by paying with a check online (ACH).

Mailing List/Catalog
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We also email monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you provide us with an email address. 

If you take the course, have attended each class, and still do not master the course work, we invite you to re-register for the same course, same level, free of charge. Your registration will be accepted on a space available basis within one year of the course end date. Re-registration in the course is required.

In addition, during the first hour of class the instructor will present an outline of the course, along with the course goals and objectives. If the student does not feel that this course will meet their expectations, then a full refund will be granted if the student presents their refund request on the first business day after the class has met. 

If you have any questions, please call our office at 516-323-3550 for clarification.


For more information regarding the CDA program, call 516.323.3550 or e-mail