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Early Childhood executive leadership institute

Opportunity for leaders of programs serving children birth through age 8 to learn together as part of a powerful professional development experience: NISL's Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute bridges the gaps between early learning programs and K-12 schools.

Director Credential

For more information, please contact:

  • Higher Education: Bernadine Ahonkhai, Higher Education Project Manager at beraho@berksiu.org or 717-213-2064.
  • Director Credential and PQAS: Kris Madden, Credential and Certification Coordinator at krimad@berksiu.org or 717-213-2072.

Please note the new address for the PA Key. Effective April 1, 2012, please mail all Director Credential applications to: Pennsylvania Key, 200 North 3rd Street, 3rd Flr, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Forms & Documents:pdf

Institutions of Higher Education wanting more information on applying for approval of your Director Credential program of study, view the Higher Education page.

School-Age Credential

More detailed information about the School-Age Professional Credential can be found in the School-Age section.


Child Development Associate (CDA)

Visit the Council for Professional Recognition’s Web site for more information.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Renewal

The 4.5 CEU's/3 credit course required for renewal for CDA may be replaced with 45 PQAS hours in Early Childhood/Child Development. The Waiver Request form MUST be completed and sent into the Council for approval before the renewal information is sent. It will take 2-3 weeks to process and review the waiver request. This is a one-time waiver. Once the waiver has been approved, the renewal application may be submitted to the CDA Council.  Download the Waiver Request Form.

CDA Renewal Requirements:

  • 4.5 CEUs or 3 college-credit-hours of training within the last 5 years
  • A recommendation from an ECE professional who is familiar with your professional work
  • A pediatric first aid certificate
  • Membership in an ECE professional membership organization
  • A brief letter from a supervisor testifying that you have worked at least 80 hours in the past year

Apply online for a CDA Renewal, or contact the Council for further information:

Council for Professional Recognition
2460 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009-3547
Office hours: 8am - 5pm EST



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