Professional Development Opportunities



The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral determines the content and frequency of training based on the following factors: feedback from providers, comments on training evaluations, and the history of attendance at each training. We strive to meet the needs of child care providers however, if you would like to comment about our professional development opportunities, please call our office or email us your comments.

To help child care providers maintain quality child care we offer trainings designed to support early childhood professionals in meeting their goals of developing skills and improving the quality of their programs. In addition, our trainings meet ODJFS licensing and/or Step Up To Quality requirements. We offer trainings for family child care providers and center employees on a variety of topics including infant/toddler, preschool, school age, administrator, behavioral and business issues. Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week and on Saturdays.

Training participants must register for all trainings provided by the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral through the Ohio Professional Development Registry. This registry is a statewide system that will track the professional development trainings and continuing education units that you have received from attending our trainings.

Click the following to view instructions on how to create a profile, register for training, and create your professional profile.

CDA – Child Development Associate

What is a CDA?  The CDA is a competency based credential awarded to individuals who work with children ages birth to 5 years.  It is a nationally recognized credential that enhances careers in early care and education.  The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral offers training courses for three types of CDA:  1) Infant Toddler CDA, 2) Preschool CDA, and 3) Family Child Care CDA.

Who is eligible?  Individuals who meet these requirements:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older with an exception for junior or seniors enrolled in a Child Care Career Tech Program
  2. Hold a high school diploma unless enrolled in a Child Care Career Tech Program.
  3. Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past 3 years (these hours can be earned while training hours are being earned)
  4. Be able to be observed in an eligible setting

What is the application process for the YWCA CCR&R’s CDA training program?
Applications are accepted for the CDA training course during identified timeframes determined by the YWCA CCR&R.  If interested in applying for the CDA training course, please call the YWCA CCR&R office closest to you.

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For more information, call and speak to one of our specialists.

Toledo Region: 800.632.3052
Lima Region: 800.992.2916
Mansfield Region: 855.548.9598


Disclaimer: YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral does not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider nor can assure you that any provider gives quality care.

Mansfield Region: Serving Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Richland Counties
Lima Region: Serving Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot Counties
Toledo Region: Serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Williams, and Wood Counties