Child Development Internships

Interested in working in early education? Want to make a difference in your community?

Early Childhood Alliance’s paid Child Development Internship Program could be your next step in an exciting career!

Working in a high quality childcare program requires staff to have a CDA credential, which can be costly. Our Child Development Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to work toward obtaining this important credential while getting paid!

Paid Internships

Gain classroom experience while working for ECA as a full-time, benefited employee.

(no nights or weekends)

Earn your CDA

Earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

What is a CDA?

CDA stands for “Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential.” The CDA® is a nationally recognized credential awarded to individuals who complete specified training, pass an exam and complete an assessment. The CDA® prepares those seeking opportunities to work in early childhood education to meet children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.


  • Empowers early childhood educators with greater knowledge and advanced skills, enabling them to better meet children’s individual needs and enhance the overall quality of care and education.
  • Is recognized nationally, enhancing career opportunities for the early childhood educator no matter where he or she works.

(source: Indiana Non Formal CDA Project – Indiana AEYC (

Competitive Benefits

Health, FSA, 403b, Dental, Life

Benefits of Internship

  • Paid study time while earning your CDA
  • Pass milestones, get financial bonuses
  • Learn-2-hire
  • Continued employment with ECA after completion

Benefits of working with ECA

  • Full and Part-time schedules
  • Child Care Discount
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation/Sick Time
  • Health Insurance
  • Flex Spending
  • Retirement (403b)
  • Ongoing Training

Minimum requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Pass background & drug screen
  • Agree to 6-month employment contract with ECA