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What will a CDA do for Me???

  • The CDA Credential is recognized nationwide and is a good way to meet the Ancillary Certificate requirements
  • CDA classes will give you clock hours required by licensing
  • A CDA Credential and one-year experience qualifies you for the School Readiness Tax Credit if you meet the additional 6 month employment requirement at a star-rated center.
  • Our CDA classes lead to the Ancillary Certificate to be required for lead teachers in publicly funded programs.

For questions or more information, contact us at:

(318) 484-2184 ext. 125 Alexandria,

(318) 677-3176 Shreveport, or (800) 796-9080

Upcoming CDA Spring 2017 Courses

CDA Spring 2017

NSU Child and Family Network

   New and Improved! Online Workshops

Many online workshops have been revised and now include video clips to better help you apply what you learn. See the online workshop topics by clicking here Online Workshops

Northwestern State University Child and Family Network is part of the College of Education and provides services in 21 parishes throughout Central and Northwest Louisiana.



Warm weather is here and temperatures inside vehicles rise quickly.  Licensed early learning centers are required to conduct visual passenger checks of all vehicles used to transport children to ensure that no child is left in the vehicle.  A staff person must physically walk through the vehicle and inspect all seat surfaces, under all seats, and in all enclosed spaces and recesses in the vehicles interior.  The visual inspection should be completed for the vehicle(s) that are provided by the center, contractual arrangement, or parent provided.  The regulations can be viewed on the Department's website in the Licensing section.