CDA Course Application Process

To qualify for the CDA Course, participants must:

  • Currently work in a licensed child care center or home program,

  • Have a high school diploma or GED,

  • Have a current First Aid/CPR Adult/Pediatric Certification,

  • Participate in an Entry Interview,

  • Pass a Reading Comprehension Test,

  • Submit required documents (Photo ID & Enrollment Form),

  • Submit a $75 Enrollment fee (at Course Registration, after Interview Process),

  • Commit to attend online training sessions, complete course work, and have a total of 120 clock hours of training before the end of the program, 

  • Agree to the Terms and Expectations of the CDA Program, and,

  • Have an account with


To register for a class with Leaps & Bounds, applicants must take the following steps:​

  1. Sign up for a Site Membership on this website. (See Member Log-in bar above)

  2. Download the CDA Registration Checklist and follow the steps. Download the CDA Enrollment Form and fill it in.

  3. Upload a copy of your Driver's License, Diploma/GED, CPR & First Aid Certificates, and completed CDA Enrollment Form on the "My Files" section of the Membership Account pagePlease do this within 48 hours of signing up.

  4. Register for a CDA Online Entry Interview with the CDA Manager.

  5. If approved, schedule a CDA Online Entry Test with the CDA Manager.

  6. If passed, Register for the CDA Course.

  7. Agree to all Terms and Expectations of the CDA Program.

You will not have access to the registration page if you have not created and logged into your Site Membership.​

If you have any questions or concerns, contact CDA Manager, Kylah Washington: | (313) 573-0092

Now is the time to get your CDA!

Enrollment for Fall CDA Courses begins now! Click the links below for more information!

Macomb County  |  Oakland County  |  Wayne County

CDA Cohort 10 - 2022 Schedule

  Orientation: June 11

  Professional Development: June 25

  Courses: July 9, 23, August 6,13, 27, September 10, 24, October 15, 29, November 12,19

CDA Cohort 11 - WU

  Orientation: TBD

  Professional Development: October 1

  Courses: TBD

CDA Cohort 12 - OC 1

  Orientation: TBD

  Professional Development: October 22

  Courses: TBD


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the program in person or virtual?

A. The courses are LIVE virtually.


Q. Will the program be taught in other languages besides English?

A. Not at this time but we are looking to offer these options.


Q. How long is the program?

A. There are 13 sessions offered over the course of 5 months.


Q. What does the enrollment fee include?

A. The enrollment fee includes the cost of course materials.


Q. Is there a cost to take the test for the CDA Credential?

A. The cost for the CDA Exam is covered in the fees paid to the CDA Council. The cost of the program is $75.00 payable to Leaps and Bounds


Q. When am I eligible to take the test for the CDA Credential?

A. Candidates are eligible to apply for the CDA Credential which includes the CDA Exam once all requirements are met. Visit their website


Q. When are the class materials available for the CDA Program?

A. There will be scheduled dates for Course Material pick up at Leaps and Bounds in Warren, MI.


Q. Can I pick the class materials up or will they be mailed to me?

A. All materials must be picked up.


Q. What documents do I need to enroll in the CDA program?

A. A digitally uploaded copy of each of the following:

  • Enrollment Form which is on the website

  • Proof of High School Completion (HS Diploma is preferred)

  • Current CPR/ First Aid which states Adult and Pediatric or Infant or Child

  • State of Michigan Photo ID or Driver's License

Q. I’ve completed all of the requirements for the CDA class, what’s next?

A. You will receive an email with next steps:

  • Course Materials pick-up dates

  • Zoom link for Course Sessions

  • Register for trainings offered by Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, on

If you have any questions or concerns, contact CDA Manager, Kylah Washington: | (313) 573-0092