Center for Early Learning Professionals

Center for Early Learning Professionals

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RIECETP CDA Training Available Online through CCRI

CCRI and DHS Offer Online Training Programs for Early Child Educators

Information and applications available at:
RIECETP 12/24 College Credit Program

If you are an Early Childhood Educator working with children ages birth through 5 in a DHS licensed center or family child care CCAP program you may qualify to receive 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. Students who have completed the 12 credit RIECETP program are encouraged to apply to the 24-credit program.

View the CCRI Flyer for Details


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 42 hours of RI State Approved Professional Development Hours.

Receive guidance in completing the CDA online application process and pre-exam requirements.

For more information contact:
Lori Ryan, CCRI