In partnership with the Center for Workforce and Professional Development at Central Maine Community College, aspiring early childhood educators  receive 180 training hours, in-classroom experience and work-ready skills training. Participants ‘earn while they learn’ through this unique partnership. 

Take the first steps to becoming a qualified early childhood educator with a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Participants who complete this certification program may have six credits applied towards an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education at Central Maine Community College.

Contact for CMCC CDA program:

Aimee M. Edmunds

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Program Details

Earn and Learn

Be paid while you learn, including a sign-on bonus

Benefits include health insurance, tuition assistance and vacation time

Opportunities for career advancement


Instructional Time

120 hours of online instruction

60 hours of work-ready instruction*

*Includes one in-person session of Central Maine Community College in Auburn.


Work Locations

Androscoggin County – Promise Early Education Center

Kennebec County – Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation


Choose A Focus

Center-based infant and toddler care for ages birth – 36 months or 

Center-based preschool for ages 3 – 5 years

Family-based child care for ages – 5 years


Participant Requirements

18 years of age

High School diploma, GED, or HiSet

U.S. Citizenship and/or authorization to work in the U.S.

Criminal background check and current vaccination records will be required by employers