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Register For a Free Child Development Associate Program

Kingsborough Community College will conduct classes at the Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center this year.
Photo: Supplied/Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Kingsborough Community College, in association with the Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, will host a Child Development Associate (CDA) program at the Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center this year.

The program is designed to offer community members the chance to earn six college credits towards a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, focusing on undergraduate coursework for teaching young children in various early childhood settings, according to a news release.

The course will have bilingual options, offering courses in both English and Spanish and will consist of three core components, totaling 140 hours of instruction. The classes will span from Spring to Summer 2024 and will be held at the Bedford Stuyvesant Childhood Development Center at 813 Hancock St.

The program cost is free, as the tuition is paid for by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

“This opportunity enables preschool, childcare, and family daycare professionals to advance their knowledge of child development and pedagogical practices right within their community," said Dr. Denise Farrelly, director of the education program at KCC. "Our program is unique in that it supports CDA competency achievement and professional portfolio development, with all textbooks, materials and exam fees included. We’re looking forward to branching out to other Brooklyn communities in the fall.”

Interested individuals are urged to contact Sue Melissa Burgher at for further information on the program and application procedures.