Training Opportunities

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is excited to continue offering expanded training opportunities for child care providers! New workshops on nature-based learning and other topics are added periodically, so stay tuned.

Below, providers will find details on Child Development Associate (CDA) programs. Registration for the CDA certification program opens annually and space is limited. With a variety of training topics covered throughout the course there is something for the first time caregiver and the experienced facility owner. The CDA Amnesty & Renewal program is running for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

Child Development Associate (CDA) Amnesty & Renewal Program

Program Information & Deadline Extension

The Council for Professional Recognition is offering a one-time waiver of a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential’s expiration deadline (as far back as January 1, 2010). This allows the CDA holder to renew their expired certification without the need to retake the CDA course or CDA test. 

The Council recently extended the Amnesty program until June 30, 2020. In light of this information and because of recent events, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas has extended the scholarship offer and expanded eligibility to also include standard CDA renewals. If an eligible CDA holder is current on their crenetial and just needs to renew, we will pay that renewal fee. Candidates must apply for Amnesty and/or Renewal using our online application. Applicants will then be notified by Child Care Quality staff.

Scholarship Information

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas will pay the CDA renewal fee of $125 for a select number of candidates who qualify for this opportunity. Scholarship priority will be given to those currently employed with a Texas Rising Star Provider.  

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Child Development Associate Credential Program - Registration CLOSED!

New course format this year! The Child Development Associate (CDA) program includes 120 hours of Early Childhood training covering eight subject areas and six competencies. There will be 81 hours of classroom training and an additional commitment to complete 39 hours of on-the-job practical application including activity documentation. Full training schedule coming soon!

Course Information

Classes will be held one Saturday each month from 9 am to 5 pm at Hardin-Simmons in the Johnson Building (2200 Hickory Street). The full program runs October 2019 to June 2020 with classes on the following dates: 

  • October 26
  • November 16
  • December 14
  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 27

Registration Fee

The cost to register for the CDA program is $35 and will be refunded upon successful completion of the course.

Note: Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds for cancellations will not be provided after classes have begun.

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 5 pm (registration may close early if course capacity is reached) TRS participants are eligible for early bird registration from October 4 to October 11. Don’t delay, spots fill fast!

Who Can Participate?

Caregivers who currently meet minimum requirements of the CDA Council to be eligible to take the CDA test, and are willing to actively participate in CDA preparation for assessment.

Participant Perks

All registrants will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the CDA test ($425) plus a $500 incentive for credential completion upon receipt of CDA Certification from the Council.

Questions?

If you have additional questions please email Mindy Ross, Child Care Quality Specialist or call at 325-795-4309.