Online Childcare Development Renewal Training

Become a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA)

Childcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This 100% course will provide the 45 hours, or 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), required by the CDA Council to fulfill and renew your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This course is selected from the 8 CDA competency areas to provide a breadth of knowledge, and they support the requirements for renewing your certification for Associates original settings, age-level endorsement, and specialization. Key topics include reviewing all procedures and strategies for creating a safe and enriching childcare environment.

Job Outlook for Childcare Professionals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for childcare professionals is projected to increase by 11% through the year 2026, which is slightly faster than the average.
The average annual salary for childcare professionals is $21,170 and $28,790 for preschool teachers. With experience in the field, wage could increase. In fact, the median annual wage for a Childcare Center Director this year is $45,790.

Childcare Professional Faqs

Childcare professional ensure the welfare, health and safety of children under their care. Other common childcare job titles include:

  • Childcare Worker
  • Childcare Professional
  • Daycare Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Development Center Assistant

Most work is completed in childcare centers, however some roles, like in-home daycare providers, will work at their own home or their clients’ homes.

The CDA is a nationally-recognized credential that demonstrates a childcare professional’s skills, competencies and knowledge. According to the Council for Professional Recognition, CDAs are able to “nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.”

Earning a Child Development Associate credential can be a steppingstone to career advancement in the early childhood education field. Many CDAs go on to work in education as preschool or elementary school teachers.


Darlene Lawrence

Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in teaching.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.