Woman with Children

Credentials and Accreditation are indicators of high quality standards. Credentials are based on the individual meeting these quality standards. Accreditation indicates the program has achieved these higher standards.


Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

Who is eligible? Be 18 years of age or older Hold a high school diploma or equivalent Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years* Have 120 hours of formal education and training within the past five years

For more information, contact Linda Martini at  (845) 294-4012

$800– 120 hour face to face course

$108- textbooks

$425 - assessment fee

Funding for CDA face to face class and the CDA assessment fee are available at

NYS School Age Child Care Credential The Council's coursework is for those interested in working toward a School Age Child Care Credential. Fee - $2000 Who is eligible? Candidate must be working with school age children in center-based, school-based, or family/group family child care Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (call Linda at or 845)294-4012 x222 if you need a payment plan or are using EIP)