CDA Scholarship

Due to lack of funding, no scholarships will be available until July 1, 2018.

When scholarships resume, you will see these changes:

  • We will accept scholarship applications only during certain times of the year.
  • If you have earned your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in the past 6 months, you may apply for reimbursement.
  • In order to qualify for a scholarship,
    • All training you take toward your CDA must appear on your CDA Learning Record from Develop as “approved training.”
    • Your employer must have an organization account on Develop and your employment with them must be verified.
  • For Training Reimbursement Scholarships:
    • You will be reimbursed only after you earn your CDA.
    • You can combine reimbursements for training with an Assessment Fee or Renewal scholarship.
    • We will reimburse training at the rate of $5 per hour up to a maximum of $600 for an initial CDA or $225 for a renewal.

What will not change:

  • Child Care Aware will continue to pay the Council for Professional Recognition $300 for an initial CDA and $75 for a renewal. You will pay the difference. Once you have earned your CDA, you will be reimbursed $125 for an initial CDA or $50 for a renewal.
  • You need to have a current Develop membership.
  • The application will be made available our website when it is active.
  • Notification of awards will be made via e-mail.
  • You will have 45 days after being awarded a scholarship to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition. After 45 days, your scholarship will expire.

We look forward to working with you as you pursue your CDA. You may send scholarship questions to

If you are getting ready to start the process of pursuing a National Child Development Associate Credential, we have help for you! For CDA information, support, and advising services, contact Kylie Cooper, Workforce Advising Coordinator, at or 651-290-9704 (x118).