Child Development Associate (CDA) Fund

Child Development Associate (CDA) Fund

Funding to support child care providers with obtaining their Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Who is eligible?

  • Registered family child care providers
  • Licensed child care center staff

What are the CDA® requirements?

  • Have a valid high school diploma, GED, or enrolled as a junior or senior in a high school CTE program

  • Complete 120 hours of professional early childhood education (setting specific)

  • Obtain 480 hours of work experience (setting specific)

  • Prepare a CDA professional portfolio with all required documentation

For more information about the CDA process, please visit: https://www.cdacouncil.org or contact the Council at cdafeedback@cdacouncil.org

What does the fund cover?

  • $425 initial online application fee
  • $125 renewal online application fee
  • $33 for The Child Development Associate® National Credentialing Program and CDA® Competency Standards book for the following settings: Preschool, Infant-Toddler, or Family Child Care. (Shipping is included in the cost of the required standards book) 

How do I apply for funding?

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit: https://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/for-providers-training/CDA

"Why should Maryland ECE teachers earn the CDA?" with Dr. Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez (Montgomery College)

 

RESOURCES TO  REVIEW BEFORE APPLYING FOR CDA FUNDING THROUGH THE MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (MSDE)

Watch the "CDA Assessment & Credentialing System: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know!​" recorded webinar below:

 

Download the "CDA Assessment & Credentialing System: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know!​" PowerPoint presentation (PDF):

Click here for a (PDF) version of the presentation. 

 

 

Download the "CDA Credentialing Process Overview" Sheet  

Click here for a PDF version of the presentation 

 

FUNDING ELIGIBILITY AND CDA REQUIRMENTS                                            (CLICK IMAGE TO VEIW PDF)                                                                                    

3 EASY STEPS TO APPLY FOR CDA FUNDING THROUGH MSDE                   (CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW PDF)