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Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is earned by Early Childhood Educators who demonstrate the CDA Competencies. The Credential is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition.

CDA College Credit Scholarship

Eligibility

You may be eligible for assistance with college credits if you are a:

  • Type B Family Child Care Provider, Type A Family Child Care Provider, or teacher, assistant teacher, director, or owner employed in a licensed early care and learning program.
  • Work at least 30 hours per week with children**;
  • Wages not exceeding $14/hr for Assistant Teacher, $16/hr for Lead Teacher and $18/hr for Administrators.
  • Agree to commit to staying at the program for a minimum of one year after completing scholarship.
  • Professionals must be at their sponsoring center for 6 months before they can apply.

Application

CDA College Credit Scholarship Application PDF / 8 Pages

Please note: The application is a fill-able PDF form that can be completed on your computer and then printed. Save the application to your computer after opening it, to enable it to be filled in.

CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship

Eligibility

You may be eligible for the CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship if you:

  • Type B Family Child Care Provider, Type A Family Child Care Provider, or teacher, assistant teacher, director, or owner employed in a licensed early care and learning program.
  • Work at least 30 hours per week with children**;
  • Wages not exceeding $14/hr for Assistant Teacher, $16/hr for Lead Teacher and $18/hr for Administrators.
  • Agree to commit to staying at the program for a minimum of six months after completing scholarship.
  • Professionals must be at their sponsoring center for 6 months before they can apply.
Benefits

All three partners in the Scholarship provide Benefits to each other. The partners are the Scholar (applying for CDA), the Sponsor (where the Scholar is employed in Child Care), and T.E.A.C.H. OHIO.

The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship provides the following Benefits to the Sponsors and Scholars.

  • Pays for $375* of the $425 Assessment Fee charged by the CDA Council
  • A $100 bonus if a CDA Credential is awarded by the Council.

The Sponsor** provides the following Benefits to the Scholar (some scholarship models vary):

  • A $100 bonus or 1% raise if a CDA Credential is awarded*

The Scholar provides the following Benefits to the Sponsor:

  • A commitment to work for at least 6 additional months at the Sponsoring program after being awarded the CDA Credential.

*Some scholarships vary, for example Sponsors can forgo paying a Bonus or Raise by paying for an additional $100 of the assessment fee.

** Type B professionals do not have a Sponsor


Application

Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Fee Scholarship PDF / 7 Pages

Please note: The application is a fill-able PDF form that can be completed on your computer and then printed. Save the application to your computer after opening it, to enable it to be filled in.