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Associate Home Caregiver

New Educational Requirements

Associate Home Caregivers are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by December 2023.

See the bottom of this page for a planning guide template to help plan your pathway. More information on the regulations that outline the new educational requirement for associate home caregivers can be found here.

Programs and Resources

The following is a list of programs and resources available in the DC metropolitan area. This list is neither exhaustive nor an indication of endorsement by OSSE.


Information on CDA Program

Program Point of Contact

University of District of Columbia-Community College Workforce Development Program Darius Baker
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 274-6525
Southeast Children’s Fund CDA Course SCF Professional Development Institute
Phone: (202) 561-1100
CentroNia CDA Program Enrollment Eduardo Gamero
[email protected]
(202) 332-4200 Ext. 1142
Briya Public Charter School and Mary’s Center CDA Program Mau Castro-Trujillo
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 420-7034

Online Resources

OSSE offers free Quorum accounts to all child development facility staff in DC. Individuals can complete CDA instructional hours online at The Quorum CDA Guidebook can help guide instruction. This is the fastest way to earn your CDA if you are comfortable with online learning.

For information on opening a Quorum account, contact the ECE Help Desk at [email protected] or (202) 478-5903.

You can track your progress towards earning the CDA through the CDA Tracker, available at

Planning Guide

The following resource guide can help you create a plan for meeting the new educational requirements for child development staff.