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YourCDA Initial Application Checklist

Before starting your YourCDA application, please complete the following requirements

Any Time before applying

Purchase a CDA Compentency Standards book
Complete 120 hours of professional education covering the eight CDA Subject Areas

Within three (3) years of submitting application

Worked 480 hours with children whose ages are specific to the setting for which I am applying for my CDA Credential
  • Infant-Toddler (ages birth-36 months)
  • Preschool (ages 3-5 years)
  • Family Child Care (ages birth-5 years)

Within six (6) months of submitting application

  Prepared the Professional Portfolio:
Completed the My CDA Professional Portfolio cover sheet
Completed the Summary of My CDA Education cover sheet and assembled my training transcripts, certificates, and or letters
Distributed and collected Family Questionnaires, completed Family Questionnaires Summary sheet
Reflected on the feedback received from the Family Questionnaires and wrote Areas of Strength and Areas for Professional Growth in boxes A and B on the Reflective Dialogue worksheet
Wrote Six Reflective Statements of Competence
Gathered all of the items for my Resource Collection
Wrote a Professional Philosophy Statement
Selected my Professional Development Specialist and confirmed availability