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The CDA National Credentialing Program is a professional development opportunity for early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credentialing program assesses Candidates using multiple sources of evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio with resources and competency statements prepared by the Candidate.

The CDA Council Website:

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunity, KCCTO supports CDA Candidates through the following:

  • CDA Credentialing Process Quick Tips: Check out an explanation of the 6 Steps to earning your CDA, learn how to review training, and read about the CDA Training Track for initial and renewal CDA Candidates.

  • CDA Specific Courses: KCCTO offers 3 CDA specific courses. These courses help you gain an understanding of the overall initial CDA Credentialing process and begin work on your CDA Professional Portfolio. Additionally, most KCCTO courses will apply toward CDA professional education requirements!

  • KCCTO CDA Training Tracks: Let us help you meet the professional education requirements for your Infant/Toddler, Preschool, or Family Child Care CDA, whether you’re a first-time CDA Candidate or working on renewal. We’ll help you choose your courses and plan out your schedule.

  • Scholarships: We offer scholarships for both CDA training and the online CDA application fee. Visit our scholarship page to see if you are eligible!

  • CDA Technical Assistance: Our Training and Technical Assistance Specialists want you to be successful in your KCCTO courses, and use what you’ve learned from our courses in your work with young children. As you take KCCTO courses, our T/TA Specialists will check in with you to answer any questions about the courses or the CDA Credentialing process. Visit our Technical Assistance page to learn more!


Accreditation offers national recognition to family child care programs meeting the highest standards for home-based early care and education. Helping parents recognize and choose high quality family child care, our symbol of quality honors diversity and reflects cultural competency. Accreditation allows providers the flexibility to implement standards through the lens of diversity and child-centered care. Accreditation encompasses a comprehensive set of standards broken down into five core competencies:

  • Relationships

  • The Environment

  • Learning Activities

  • Safety and Health

  • Professional & Business Practices


NAFCC administers the only national system designed for family child care providers. Accreditation is awarded for family child care providers who meet the eligibility requirements and the Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation.

Family child care providers achieve this high level of quality through a process that examines all aspects of the family child care program, i.e. relationships, the environment, developmental learning activities, safety, health, and professional and business practices.


Associate’s Degree Information

Allen County

Butler County

Johnson County

Wyandotte County

Bachelor’s Degree Information

Fort Hays State University

Kansas State University

Kansas University

Emporia State University

Walden University – online program

As a member of NAEYC you will receive a 15% discount at Walden University

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