January 25, 2022

Deadline Extended: Spring 2022 Child Development Associate (CDA)

Looking to receive a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential? The deadline for the Spring 2022 CDA has been extended to January 31, 2022.

What is a CDA Credential?

CDA Credential is the most widely recognized credential in the early childhood field and is a key stepping stone on the path to career advancement. The credential enables professionals to work in Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, in addition to early learning programs across the United States, and provides opportunities for increased pay. Interested applicants may complete the CDA Interest Form to connect with a member of our staff.

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Trying Together’s CDA Programs

Trying Together offers the following CDA programs at no cost to eligible early childhood professionals in Pennsylvania:

CDA Credential Preparation Program

  • Spring 2022 Classes: 1/11/22 – 6/14/22 (Deadline to Register: 1/31/22)
  • Fall 2022 Classes: 8/30/22 – 3/28/23
  • Biweekly Zoom Meetings and Schoology

Participants complete 135 hours of professional development to earn their CDA Credential in six to nine months. Participants can matriculate up to nine course credits at Carlow University upon credential completion.

CDA Credential Community of Practice Program

  • Fall 2021 Classes: 11/16/21 – 1/4/22 (Deadline to Register: 11/11/21)
  • Spring 2022 Classes: Spring Classes: 3/1/22 – 4/26/22
  • Biweekly Zoom Meetings and Schoology

Participants receive support in building a portfolio and preparing for the CDA Credential Exam. Applicants must have proof of 120 hours of coursework completed via professional development hours, transcripts, etc.

CDA Credential Renewal Program

Participants review current standards, literature, strategies, and more to meet the criteria for eight early childhood subject areas upon completion. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.


More Information

For more information, visit our CDA Credential page. To ask a question about our programs, contact Theresa Hetler at or Jasmine Davis at For eligibility questions, contact Judy Graca at


January 13, 2021

Apprenticeship Opportunity Available In Pennsylvania

Are you an early learning professional in Southwestern Pennsylvania who is interested in earning higher wages or advancing your career? Apprenticeship might be right for you!



As an employer-driven program registered with the state of Pennsylvania, Apprenticeship combines on-the-job learning with related technical instruction to build skills and create pathways to earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree through partners at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Carlow University.

Request More Information

Apprenticeship is accepting new apprentices for the 2021 Spring and Summer semesters. For more information, contact: