People working in childcare centers need training to provide quality childcare to our children and help make them ready for elementary school. One of the most recognized quality training programs is the Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ that University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers in Nevada.


“The CDA Credential™ is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education,” stated Teresa Byington, early childhood education specialist for Cooperative Extension.  The CDA is based on a core set of competency standards designed to guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.


Morgan Turner is the first participant in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 2017 Infant Toddler CDA/Coaching program to receive her Infant Toddler (CDA) Credential™ from the Council for Professional Recognition. Turner is a toddler teacher at Faith Lutheran Preschool.


“This program has taught me so much, not only to be a great teacher for my children but a better person,” explained Turner. “It’s an amazing program, take advantage of this opportunity! I loved everyone I worked with in the program.”


The next Infant Toddler CDA/Coaching Program, offered statewide, will begin in September 2017 and conclude in April 2018. The program is funded by the Office of Early Learning and Development. Cooperative Extension will also be offering the CDA Program for preschool teachers in southern Nevada.  There is limited space for both programs.  Apply by July 7.  For more information, contact Sarah Wright at 702-257-5563 or wright