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YWCA Teacher Workforce Development Program

Earn your Child Development Associate credential – no cost for eligible participants!

YWCA Minneapolis Teacher Workforce Development Program is designed to help you earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, the best first step for early childhood education teachers.

“When I started, I had no experience other than being a mom. I’ve grown a lot in my job and learned how to be a professional teacher.” – Jennifer, program graduate

With this program, you can gain professional skills to move up in the Early Childhood Education field.

This program is state and privately funded. It supports you in your teaching position and gives you resources to complete the program. The program is Minnesota-registry approved and CDA aligned. Once your training is complete, your CDA testing fees are paid for.

This workforce product was funded (or funded in part) by a grant awarded by the State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The product was created by the grant recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of DEED. DEED makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

Workforce Development Program Details

Full-Time; Online or hybrid classes meet up to twice weekly

Length of Program: 6 months

Job Placement Support

New cohorts start regularly, enroll today to be considered for future start dates

During Your Training You Will Receive:


Strong interest in early childhood education: infant, toddler or preschool-age children

Commit to twice-weekly classes, independent writing time and work in a Minnesota-licensed Early Childhood Education program

Competent in basic computer skills; ability to navigate online systems and email

Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated and professional

Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from mentors and program staff

Excellent time management and decision-making skills

Ability to work with diverse populations, personalities, and adapt to an early learning environment

Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics and integrity

Eligibility Requirements

Minnesota Resident

Age 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED by program start date

Meet household income requirements and provide proof of income (including spouse's income)

Pass background check

Provide a Photo ID, Social Security card, Proof of Citizenship/Right to Work

Testimonials from Program Graduates

How to Apply

For questions, please contact Workforce Development Case Managers Riana Simone at or 612-215-4136.

Our Partners


Early Childhood Center Partners:

Aunty’s Childcare

Baby’s Space

Casa de Corazon Highland Park

Family Child Development Center

Loving Shepard Early Learning Center

Mary T. Wellcome

People Serving People – Center for Excellence


Workforce Center Partner:

Avivo Workforce Center


Higher Education Partners:

Hennepin Technical College

Rasmussen University