CDA Candidate Info

Welcome CDA Candidates and Child Care Professionals

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a credential currently offered primarily in the United States by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Credential is based on a core set of competency standards that guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. ACEI was a member of the original CDA consortium that helped to develop the CDA many years ago and continues to support those who teach and care for young children.

ACEI's Basic membership, for only $30.00 per year, offers many resources and benefits for CDA Candidates and those who care for young children. One of these resources is the Early Years Bulletin, an ACEI publication that offers information for professionals on teaching and caring for children ages 0-6.

Basic members also receive 6 free hours of online training through Child Care Education Institute (CCEI) (see more information below). Online training is available in English and Spanish. Click here to sign up. You must have your ACEI Membership number to be eligible for the 6 free hours. ACEI members also may purchase an unlimited subscription of training for one year for a special member rate of $89.00. Learn more about this offer here.

Learn more about Basic membership and become an ACEI member today!

**Please note: To meet the membership requirement for CDA renewal, you will receive documented proof of membership electronically once your form has been processed. Please make sure your email address is entered correctly on the membership form.

For any questions or additional information, please email or call 1-800-423-3563.

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ACEI Basic Member Benefit:
Online Courses at CCEI

ACEI is proud to partner with ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), the leading distance training provider in the child care industry to offer benefits to our Basic members. ACEI Basic members receive six (6) free hours of professional development coursework from CCEI and subscription discounts.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) provides quality online professional development programs and is dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce. CCEI offers the Child Development Associate (CDA) in addition to other online certificate programs. Over 100 English and Spanish child care training courses are available to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start requirements online.

Learn more here about how to sign up for your 6 free hours of online training. You must have your ACEI Member Number to be eligible for your 6 free hours. If you need your ACEI member number, please email or call 1-800-423-3563.

PLUS...upon completion of your 6 free hours, ACEI members may purchase an unlimited subscription of training for one year for a special member rate of $89.00. Learn more about this offer here.

For technical support, call CCEI customer service at 1-800-499-9907 x 524, or email