Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)

The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF) is a tuition assistance program for child care providers to obtain a college education at participating colleges/universities in Maryland. Funding is available for child care providers to earn a college degree in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education

The fund does not reimburse participants as the payments are made directly to the college or university. MSDE will notify applicants of whether or not they have received fund approval.

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Application Due Dates

  • First-time applications are due by March 1.
  • Continuation applications are due by June 30.

First-time applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to applicants who have not yet completed any college courses for credit from an accredited college or university.


  • Eligibility Requirements

    Professional developmentCCCPDF applicants must meet the following requirements to receive funds (COMAR 13A.14.09):

    • Participate in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program at Level Two or higher
    • Work in a licensed child care center or be a registered family child care provider in Maryland and work at least 10 hours per week
    • Fulfill entrance requirements at the participating college of your choice
    • Have at least one year of documented experience working with groups of children in an approved setting
    • Maintain employment in child care in Maryland while participating in the Program
    • Participate in professional development
    • Agree to complete the child care service requirement in Maryland for at least 10 hours per week after completion of the degree and/or withdrawal from the fund
    • Maintain at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA from the point of first entering the Program
  • How to Apply

    Apply now!If you are interested in applying for the Fund:

    Step 1: Applicants must be currently participating in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program at a level 2 or higher

    Step 2: Contact the participating educational institution of your choice using the list of list of Participating Colleges.

    Step 3: Once accepted into the college of your choice, please submit a completed CCCPDF application with the required documentation to the Office of Child Care -- Credentialing Branch.

  • Service Commitment

    Upon graduation or withdrawal from the CCCPDF, you are required to begin your service commitment. This commitment is completed in an approved child care setting by working at least 10 hours per week.

    • For an Associate’s degree, one must work two years.
    • For a Bachelor’s degree, one must work four years.
    • If no degree was obtained, one must work one month per credit paid on your behalf through CCCPDF.

     If you stop working in child care, you are required to repay MSDE for the costs paid on your behalf.