Professional Development

Professional Development Training

Sunshine Early Learning Center, Inc. is a partner of Southeast Children’s Fund's Professional Development Institute (PDI) that offers Child Development Associate (CDA) course for early care and education practitioners and individuals interested in the field so that they are able to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition.


SCF’s PDI is certified by the DC Education Licensure Commission and the DC Early Care and Education Administration. PDI is the only non-degree training provider able to award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the District.


In addition, we offer current and prospective owners of Child Development Homes and Centers technical assistance in all aspects of the early child care and education business including licensing to professional development. Owners of Child Development Homes or Centers who are interested in receiving Technical Assistance should contact the Director of Education and Training at (202) 561-1100.  

CDA Training  Earn 120 Hours or 45 Hour CDA Renewals 

Discover what's new in CDA 2.0


(1)Prepare    120 hours of professional education

                      480 hours of professional experience

                      Professional portfolio

                      Family questionnaires



(2)Apply to Identify a CDA Professional Development Specialist

                      Application review and approval

                      Ready to schedule notice delivery to the candidate


(3)Demonstrate  Verification visit with a CDA professional  development specialist

                            Review of documents prepared in Step 1

                            Observation of candidate in the classroom

                            Reflective Dialogue 

                            CDA exam at a Pearson Vue test center

(4) Earn


  • Pre-school

  • Infant-Toddler

  • Family child care

  • 2nd setting   

​Special Class Offering

  • Inclusion

  • First Aid/CPR training

  • DC Common Core Standards

Eligibility Requirements

  • Two copies of HS Diploma or GED

  • At least 18 years old

  • Two copies of picture ID

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