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Announcing New CDA Cohorts & CDA Renewal Amnesty Program in 2020

New CDA Cohorts While PDOs Implement in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is implementing statewide Professional Development Organizations (PDOs). PDOs will specialize in access to credit-bearing coursework and credentials for the early childhood education (ECE) workforce. Shippensburg University and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) were selected as the PDOs in Pennsylvania. See a regional map. (PDF)

Pennsylvania’s new PDOs are currently conducting a needs assessment and need your feedback.  Please fill out the appropriate survey for your region:

While PDOs begin their work, The Pennsylvania Key contracted with several organizations and institutes of higher education to offer community-based cohorts so that individuals attempting to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential can complete the 120 hours of coursework and receive additional support. This opportunity is only available for 2019-20. Space in these cohorts is limited.

Use the contact information in the table below to determine the best program for you.

If you are unable to find a program that fits your needs, contact your PDO. PDOs will begin work on more CDA programs statewide beginning in early 2020.


CDA Renewal Amnesty Program in 2020

Early childhood educators whose Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential lapsed or expired can take advantage of a limited time CDA renewal Amnesty program, beginning Jan.1, 2020 – March 31, 2020. This means if an ECE professional completed their CDA anytime after Jan, 1, 2010 and did not submit a renewal to keep the CDA current, they can take advantage of this opportunity to reinstate their CDA credential. The renewal program is eligible for Rising Stars Tuition Assistance (RSTA). To apply for Financial assistance, ECE professionals need to complete their profile in the PD Registry to see the Financial Assistance tab. For more information about RSTA, please visit the PA Key website.
To qualify for the CDA renewal Amnesty program, the following eligibility requirements must be met:
  • Expiration date as far back as Jan. 1, 2010
  • Must meet all current renewal requirements (visit the CDA Council website for more information about the renewal process)
  • Apply online using YourCouncil CDA council portal system (for more information on this process, please visit the CDA Council website)
The program will run from Jan. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. All applications and payments ($125) must be submitted online by March 31, 2020.


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