Child Development Associate + Course for English Language Learners

This course will allow students to receive their Child Development Associate credential. It will provide students with additional classroom and advising support to help successfully complete their credentials. Students must be able to complete a written assessment prior to the start of training. Students must work or be willing to work at a licensed childcare facility.

  • Grant-funded program is free to qualified students. Students may qualify for a stipend to cover the cost of child care and transportation.
  • Get career training in a high-demand field.
  • Improve your writing skills.
  • Classes are held during the evenings to make it easier for students to work at a childcare center during the day.
  • Students who successfully complete the program (including 480 work/volunteer hours) will meet the state requirements to work as EEC Lead Teacher at preschool centers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive 10 college credits.

Students must:

  1. Meet with an advisor to review policies and complete ESL assessment: 
  2. Show proof of high school diploma or GED/HiSET
  3. Submit documentation for a CORI background check and fingerprinting  
  4. Work or volunteer at a licensed child care center during the course of the program (students will receive help with placement) 
  5. Attend CDA Orientation

 CDA graduates can transfer up to 10 credits from the CDA Program straight to MWCC’s ECE Certificate with an Infant Toddler Teacher Track or Preschool Teacher Track. To complete MWCC’s ECE Certificate, a CDA graduate will need just 15 or 16 more college credits or about 4-5 courses.

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