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Regional Market Rate Change Effective Jan.1, 2017!

Certain Regional Market Rate (RMR) ceilings, which are the maximum reimbursement amounts a family is eligible for, will be increasing effective January 1, 2017.



2018 Nutrition Provider Annual Training

2018 Nutrition Provider Annual Training 

Every year, providers participating in the CDA Nutrition Program must complete REQUIRED Annual Training. Training sessions are held across Southern California and cover a variety of topics including new Meal Patterns, claim submission, reimbursements, and more!
To find a training date and location near you, click the link below:

Read Across America 2018 

Get involved! NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness event that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
The purpose of this event is to motivate children to start reading at an early age as it is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated to read at an early age, are more likely to enjoy reading and do better in school.
CDA Preschools will be celebrating and so can you!
NEA provides parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year!


2018-2019 Charlene Tressler Memorial Scholarship 

Apply to the 2018-2019 Charlene Tressler Memorial Scholarship and you could be awarded $1,500 for school tuition, books, or fees!
The Charlene Tressler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Charlene Tressler, Child Development Associates’ founder and Co-Executive Director for 37 years, who passed away on March 29, 2011. Charlene was a spirited and devoted leader in the field of early childhood education on both the local and statewide level. The objective of this scholarship is to raise funds to aid and support those working with young children in advancing their education in the early childhood field.
Applications are due February 1st, 2018 at 2pm.
Click the link below to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply!
CSPP Program Guidelines 2017


New Program Guidelines!

Revised Program Guidelines effective July 1, 2017 for the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) are now available!

Click here for details!




CSPP Program Guidelines 2017

New Meal Pattern for Infants & Children!

Attention CDA Nutrition Providers: The USDA has posted the newest meal pattern for infants and children!



 CDA - 2017 CalNonprofit of The Year

CDA Debuts Outdoor Learning Environment in National City

Child Development Associates (CDA) celebrated the debut of its innovative Outdoor Learning Environment at Parks Child Development Center in National City, holding a ribbon-cutting event for local officials, community partners, and project donors on July 27, 2017.


Earlier this year, CDA was awarded a First 5 San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) grant of $246,000 and received generous donations from MA Engineers, Inc., and Bank of the West to help transform the previous playground into an outdoor learning environment. This new environment serves as an extension of our indoor classrooms, providing a positive learning opportunity through art, science, and nature while promoting self-directed play, and the development of gross motor skills. 











 CDA - 2017 CalNonprofit of The Year

CDA Awarded 2017 California Nonprofit of the Year

Exciting news! On June 28, 2017, CDA was awarded 2017 California Nonprofit of the Year! Assemblywoman Shirley Weber selected CDA as an exceptional nonprofit organization in her 79th district community. We were honored to join nearly one hundred other nonprofits at the 2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day Event which took place at the State Capitol.

I share this award with each and every CDA team member. It is through hard work and dedication to our families, children, and providers that we create positive change in our community. Please know that we wouldn’t be able to do it without you. I am proud of our CDA team and the services we offer. CONGRATULATIONS!

- Rick Richardson, President & CEO



Paid Non-Operational Days


Providers! This notice is to inform you that starting July 1, 2017 the new 2017-18 fiscal year begins and you will be eligible for reimbursement for up to 10 non-operational days. You must have on file with CDA your contractual terms (i.e. parent handbook/contract that you give out to all your families) that states that you close and charge for non-operational days and list what those specific days are.

• If you have 10 standard, recurring non-operational days each year and that information is already on file with CDA, we will reimburse you for those non-operational days as they occur starting July 1, 2017.

Este aviso es para informarles que a partir de Julio 1, 2017 comienza el nuevo año fiscal 2017-2018 y usted será elegible para reembolso hasta 10 días no-operables. Debe de tener en los archivos con CDA sus términos contractuales (ejemplo: manual para padres/contrato que entrega a los padres de familia) que establecen que usted cierra y cobra por días en que no opera y una lista especificando esos días.

• Si usted ya tiene 10 días estándar y recurrentes cada año y la información ya se encuentra en los archivos de CDA, le reembolsaremos por esos días no-operables como sucedan a partir de Julio 1, 2017.




How to Receive CDA Reminder Emails

We’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier for you to get courtesy reminders about your child care services!

Here are 2 ways to make sure you receive messages from CDA:

1.       Be sure we always have your current email address and phone number.

2.       Add us as a “Safe Sender” or add us to your White List so that our email messages don’t end up in your junk mail.
Click HERE for a step-by-step email guide!

For questions or to update your contact information, please contact your Specialist.


















 New 2017 Provider Invoicing Guide!

Updated Provider Invoicing Guides for 2017 are now available!

ENGLISH calendar!

Spanish calendar!





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 Vendors: Click here for current Procurement Announcements. 



Important Notice For Providers

Alternative Payment agencies, like CDA, are being asked by the California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education and Support Division (EESD) to notify child care providers about changes in the child immunization requirements that took place on January 1, 2016.  Senate Bill 277  changed the immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools.   No longer are parents able to exempt their child(ren) from being fully immunized for personal or religious beliefs. If a child  had a personal belief exemption (PBE) that was  filed at a school or child-care facility before January 1, 2016 it  will remain valid until the student enrolls in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or 7th grade.  For more information regarding Senate Bill 277 and your responsibilities as a licensed child care provider in documenting enrolled children’s immunizations visit


Agencias de pago alternativos, como CDA, se les pide por el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) la educación temprana y la división de apoyo (EESD) de notificar a los proveedores de cuidado infantil acerca de cambios en los requisitos de inmunización infantil que tuvo lugar el 1 de enero de 2016.  El proyecto de ley del senado 277 cambió los requisitos de vacunación para los niños en cuidado infantil y escuelas públicas y privadas. Ya no son los padres capaces de exentar a sus hijos de completar su vacunación por creencias personales o religiosas.  Si un niño se presentó en una escuela o guardería con una excepción personal de creencia (PBE) antes del 1 de enero del 2016 seguirá siendo válido hasta que el estudiante se inscriba en la transición al kínder, kínder o 7 º grado.  Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto del Senado de ley 277 y sus responsabilidades como una guardería de proveedor con licencia acerca de las inmunizaciones de los niños visita

Immediate Child Care Openings For Families Currently Receiving CalWORKs or Have Received CalWORKs Within 24 Months

Are you looking for the best possible child care for your children so you can work, look for a job or go to school? We may be able to help. CDA currently has immediate openings in our Alternative Payment Program for families who are currently receiving CalWORKS cash aid or have received it within the past 24 months.  If you have parents who you feel may be eligible, please have the family call (619) 427-4411 ext 1400 to be screened for possible enrollment.

¿Está buscando el mejor cuidado infantil posible para sus niños, y así poder trabajar, buscar trabajo, o ir a la escuela? Quizá nosotros podamos ayudar. CDA actualmente cuenta con lugares disponibles en nuestro Programa de pago Alternativo para familias que actualmente se encuentran recibiendo o han recibido dentro de los pasados 24 meses, asistencia monetaria CalWORKs. Si usted tiene padres de familia que usted siente que podrían ser elegibles, por favor haga que las familias llamen al (619) 427-4411 ext. 1400 para ser entrevistados para una posible inscripción.