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Home Caregiver

Minimum Education Requirements

Child care licensing regulations require members of the DC early childhood workforce to meet minimum education requirements based on their position. Effective Dec. 20, 2023, a home caregiver can meet the education requirement by meeting any one of the following:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA); OR
  • State-awarded certificate comparable to a CDA that is approved by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE); OR
  • Associate degree (or higher) in early childhood education or a closely related field; OR
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours or an associate degree (or higher) in any subject area with at least 12 credit hours in early childhood education.

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

Crystal Randall
Pathway Director
[email protected]
(202) 276-6769

Southeast Children’s Fund CDA Course

Kamila Johnson
CDA Program Manager
(202) 561-5500
(202) 406-0422
[email protected]

CentroNía CDA Program Enrollment

Jennifer Salgado
Alfredo Monterrey
Bilingual CDA Coordinators
(202) 332-4200 Ext. 1142
(202) 332-4200 Ext. 1021
(202) 948-6851
[email protected]
[email protected]

Briya Public Charter School and Mary’s Center CDA Program Mau Castro-Trujillo
[email protected]
(202) 420-7034
American University CDA Program

Gabrielle Harris
Assistant Director, CDA Program of Studies
[email protected]
(202) 885-8830

Online Resources

OSSE offers free Quorum accounts to all staff at licensed child development facilities 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 Quorum CDA Planner, available at