**IL 4 Why do I need to get my CDA? Preparing for a Child Development Associate Product
The Child Development Associate (CDA) is the most recognized credential in early childhood education and provides a major step to your future career in early childhood. The assessment is divided into five parts. The written exam, oral interview, verification visit, parent opinion questionnaire and review of your professional resource file. This training will cover all 5 parts. The CDA Credential is awarded to future educators who meet a minimum standard for framework and planning of children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in the stages of child development. Upon earning the CDA credential, there is an opportunity for continued advancement in your early childhood career and a platform to gain professional recognition and development.