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Congratulations to Recent CDA Graduates

Congratulations to Recent CDA Graduates

May 30, 2024


The Child Development Associate (CDA®) credential is an important tool to support a more confident, well-prepared, and knowledgeable early childhood educator workforce in our community. Thanks to generous funding from the John & Janice Wyatt Foundation, Fairfax Futures launched a CDA® Mentoring Program in June 2021 to help keep participating educators on track for completing the CDA® in a timely manner.


We are pleased to share that the following educators obtained their CDA® credential:


Nora Jesus Garate de Gomez                            October 2023

Janibel Villa                                                      January 2024

Carlos Paz                                                         February 2024

Maria Guevara                                                  February 2024

Dana Cordova                                                   February 2024

Maria Isabel Vargas Montano                           March 2024

Ola Kobeya                                                       April 2024

Sandra Ninaypatan                                            May 2024


Ola Kobeya recently earned her CDA credential.
She works at Saratoga KinderCare, a VPI center, in Springfield, VA.


                  Maria Guevara and Carlos Martinez doing activities with kids in child care.
They manage a VPI family child care program in Reston, VA.
Check out this video of them singing a traditional song with the children. 

Ana Hoover, early childhood specialist with McFarren Aviles and Associates shared “mentoring educators through their journey to achieve their CDA not only fosters their growth as professionals but also has a ripple effect of positive impact on the children they nurture. It is rewarding to witness their transformation.” 

Congratulations to these early childhood educators! 

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