Early Childhood Education Career Training Program

By Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) and Cambridge Public Schools

Gain hands-on experience to prepare for your national Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential. This is a free program that includes classes, a paid internship and help finding employment.

Young students learn to count from a teacher in a classroom
This is an ongoing program.

Ages: 18 and Adult.

Residents of any city or town can apply

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Sarah Figge Hussain
Department of Human Service Programs

Registration required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

All applicants are required to attend an information session. There are online and in-person information sessions.


Sign up for an online information session here: https://calendly.com/cambridgeclc/early_childhood_education


Sign up for an in-person information session here: https://calendly.com/cambridgeclc/early-childhood-education-training-program-info-clc


Online Information Sessions are held on: 

Tuesday, August 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 31, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, September 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.


In-Person Information Sessions are held on: 

Friday, September 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Free with a paid internship that pays $17 an hour


The program location changes over time.

  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

In-person information sessions are held at the Cambridge Community Learning Center, 5 Western Avenue in Central Square, Cambridge. This location is served by the MBTA Red Line and many buses. No parking is provided onsite, though there are paid lots and parking meters. 

Additional information

CDA Program flyer_updated.pdf