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Join a CDA Cohort and complete the CDA 120-hour portfolio between July 1st, 2021 and June 15th, 2022. If eligible you could earn $500!

A CDA cohort can help you complete your requirements and provide a supportive community. Completing a CDA typically takes an average of 6 months. CDAs are offered in Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Family, and Home Visitor concentrations.

Our cohorts provide:

  • Coaching
  • Networking
  • Support for your CDA portfolio including (the 6 competency statements)
  • Meetings once a month


All Idaho child care providers working towards their CDA can join a CDA cohort. If you are eligible for incentives in RISE, you can also apply for the CDA cohort incentive award.



Anyone who completes, renews, or already has a CDA certificate and records it in the RISE database can apply for the $500 beginning October 1st. You can earn multiple CDA certificates but will only be eligible once for the incentive award.

Apply for an award here:

For more information about getting your CDA, visit:

If your CDA has expired, learn more about the amnesty program here: program/

Register for a cohort by contacting your IdahoSTARS regional office

Call 2-1-1 and they will connect you!