This certificate is designed to enable the student to become a trained child care assistant with a preschool focus. The following classes are the recommended courses for students working toward a Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™. CDA®, administered by the Council for Professional Recognition, is a nationally recognized credential for early childhood educators who understand and are able to put into practice core competencies for working with young children. Completing these courses does not give the student a CDA® Credential; these courses fulfill the educational component of the national CDA® credentialing program. The student must complete additional requirements and apply to the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC to earn the CDA® Credential.