Center for Early Learning Professionals

Center for Early Learning Professionals

What's New in the ECE Community

DHS and CCRI Announce the RIECETP College Credit and CDA Training Programs / DHS y CCRI anuncian los programas de credito universitario y CDA de RIECETP

If you are an Early Childhood Educator working with children ages birth through 5 in a DHS licensed, BrightStar rated and CCAP center or family child care program you may qualify to earn 12/24 FREE college credits in Early Childhood Education.

RIECETP has added the Certificate in Early Childhood Education for students who have completed the 12 credit program. All courses directly apply toward the department’s A.A. degree.

Information and applications available at


RIECETP 12/24 College Credit Program Application (Click Here)


The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a nationally recognized early childhood credential designed to assess early childhood educator’s knowledge, skills and abilities using multiple sources of evidence such as an exam, observation and professional portfolio. The purpose of this credential is to ensure that early childhood educators are providing high quality care and meeting the developmental, emotional and educational needs of children.

Credencial de Asociado en Desarrollo Infantil (CDA) es una credencial de infancia temprana reconocida a nivel nacional diseñada para evaluar el conocimiento y las habilidades de los educadores de la primera infancia utilizando múltiples fuentes de evidencia, como un examen, observación y portafolio profesional. El propósito de esta credencial es garantizar que los educadores de la primera infancia brinden atención de alta calidad y satisfagan las necesidades de desarrollo, emocionales y educativas de los niños.

The 14-week Cohort model will meet online weekly to assist participants to:
• Receive instruction to gain an understanding of the 6 CDA Competency Standards.
• Receive technology training and use of textbooks.
• Receive guidance in preparing the Professional Portfolio and developing a Philosophy Statement.
• Develop Community Supports.
• Link students to the RI-T.E.A.C.H. coordinator for scholarship funds and exam registration assistance.
• Earn up to 45 hours of RI State Approved Professional Development Hours.
• Receive guidance in completing the CDA online application process and pre-exam requirements.

CDA Application – Preschool (Click Here)
CDA Application – Infant – Toddler (Click Here)
CDA Application – Family Child Care Provider Español (Haz clic aquí)

Lori Ryan