Education

Child Development Associate

Train for a career working with young children! Briya Public Charter School offers a Child Development Associate (CDA) training program. The 10-month program prepares you for a career as an early childhood teacher or assistant teacher. During training, students learn educational theory and best practices while also getting hands-on teaching experience with children in a childcare or school setting.  

Upon completion of the Child Development Associate training program, you will be prepared to take the national CDA exam and submit a work portfolio for certification review. You will also be certified in CPR/First Aid and ready to begin your new career! 

To qualify for the CDA training, you must:  

  • Live in Washington, DC 
  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Pass the entrance exam 

Program Details: 

  • Classes are offered in English and Spanish
  • Classes are held Monday-Thursday; 6:00-9:00 pm (English or Spanish) or 12:30-3:00 pm  (Spanish only) at Mary’s Center’s Ontario Road site 
  • 480 hours of practicum experience is required and arranged through Briya  

Register for the course or call (202) 232-7777 for more information.  

Mary’s Center and Briya Public Charter School work together to provide health care, social services, and education for residents of D.C. 

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