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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Contents Introduction ix About the Third Edition ix Pursuing a CDA Credential x How to Use This Guide xi 1 Facts about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Process 1 What Is a CDA? 1 Why Is Getting a CDA Important? 3 Who Can Apply for a CDA? 4 What Kind of Formal Child Care Education Is Needed? 4 Is Financial Assistance Available to Help Pay for My Training? 6 Do I Have to Provide Some Kind of Proof That I Had This Training? 6 Are There Different Types of CDA Endorsements? 6 The CDA Process 10 The Professional Development Specialist 13 A Word to Center-Based Program Directors: Supporting Your CDA Candidates 17 Answers to Questions That Center Directors Frequently Ask 18 Tips and Suggestions from Former CDA Candidates and CDA Professional Development Specialists 25 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL v