Minimum Education Requirements
Home caregivers in child development homes licensed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by Dec. 2, 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 education requirement for home caregivers can be found here.
Programs and Resources
The following is a list of programs and resources available in the Washington, DC area. This list is neither exhaustive nor an indication of endorsement by OSSE.
Information on CDA Program
Program Point of Contact
|University of the District of Columbia-Community College||Workforce Development Program||
|Southeast Children’s Fund||CDA Course||
|CentroNía||CDA Program Enrollment|
|Briya Public Charter School and Mary’s Center||CDA Program||Mau Castro-Trujillo
|American University||CDA Program||
OSSE offers free Quorum accounts to all staff at licensed child development facilities in DC. Individuals can complete CDA instructional hours online at quorumlearning.com. 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 Quorum CDA Planner, available at quorumlearning.com.
The following resource guides can help you create a plan for meeting the minimum education requirement for a home caregiver.