Monday, September 20, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
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Rose Snyder
Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children


This project is supported by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (PDE). For more information, visit dhs.pa.gov and education.pa.gov.


Funding for this course is provided by Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education


Registration is pending student qualification and approval by the ECE PDO@PASSHE. All students must reside in PA and work for a PA licensed child care program located with in the ECE PDO@PASSHE Service Area

Complete the PASSHE PDO Student Application

Due to Fundng restriction we are unable to accept students from the following counties:

Montogmery, Chester, Philadelphia and Delaware

Register for the Class below at REGISTER NOW

Mondays 6:30pm-9:30pm

PennAEYC CDA Credential Instruction Course. This course offers 120 hours of classroom instruction to prepare the student seeking** the CDA Credential offered from the National Council for Professional Recognition. Classes are scheduled Monday evenings from 6:30pm-9:30pm and 3 Saturday dates. PennAEYC is pleased to offer a partnership with Harrisburg Community College (HACC) to award six(6) credits for the PennAEYC CDA Course when a student enrolls in the HACC Early Childhood Education Program following the CDA completion.

Classes will meet the following times: Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm starting September 20, 2021 through May 23, 2022 and 3 Saturday dates. Class dates are listed below.  

  • September: Mondays-09/20, 09/27, 
  • October: Mondays-10/04, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
  • November: Mondays-11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29
  • December: Mondays-12/06, 12/13, 12/20  (no class Monday, Dec 27) 
  • January: Mondays-1/03, 01/10, 01/17, 01/24, 1/31
  • February: Mondays-02/07, Saturday, 02/19 (6 hours + break), Mondays 02/19, 02/21, 02/28, 
  • March: Mondays-03/07, 03/14, Saturday 3/19 (6 hours + break) Mondays 03/21, 03/28 
  • April: Monday, 04/04, 04/11, Saturday 4/16 (6 hours + break) Mondays, 04/18, 04/25
  • May: Mondays-05/02, 5/09, 05/16, 05/23 
  • Last Class-Monday-*May 23, 2022 (subject to change as needed per instructor)

Class Registration Fees: Cost of the 120 clock hr. class is $100.00* due by Sept 20, 2021. *PennAEYC will fully reimburse the course registration fee ($100) upon the successful completion of the entire course in June 2022.  Refunds will NOT be given for any other reason (no-show, incomplete or cancellations)                  

Credit Card payments accepted via PayPal in the registration process. 

OR   Checks can be paid to PennAEYC

Checks are payable to: PennAEYC                                                                    Mail checks to: PennAEYC                                                                                                        Attn: Rose Snyder                                                                                              415 Market Street, Suite 208                                                                              Harrisburg PA 17101

Instructor Karen Rucker offers students her expertise and experience on the journey through the 120 clock hours of classroom instruction, portfolio development, application and follow up support in the preparation for a verification visit by the Council for Professional Recognition.

**It is important to note this this class does not award the CDA or college credits, it provides the necessary classroom instruction and prepares the student for the verification visit by the CDA council.

Program Overview:                                                                                     The CDA Credential program includes 120 clock hours of classroom instruction to prepare the student seeking** the CDA in eight key knowledge areas of early care and education. The key areas are defined by the CDA Council for ages infants through preschool; including:

1)      planning a safe, healthy learning environment

2)      advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

3)      supporting children’s social and emotional development

4)      building productive relationships with families

5)       managing an effective program

6)       maintaining a commitment to professionalism

7)       observing and recording children’s behavior; and

8)       understanding the principles of child development and learning.

Coursework includes a foundation in child development theory and practical application of developmentally-appropriate practices.