CDA Assessment Scholarship

The CDA Assessment Scholarship is for financial support with the assessment. The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is a nationally recognized certification that requires 480 hours of experience working with children and 120 clock hours of training. These 120 clock hours of training can be obtained at community colleges or through other training organizations. For more information about the Child Development Associate (CDA Credential), please call the Council for Professional Recognition at 1-800-424-4310 or visit their website at The CDA Assessment Scholarship pays for the majority of the cost of the CDA Assessment fee and a bonus, dependent of the scholarship model. Scholarship recipients must commit to remain in their sponsoring program or the field of early childhood education for 6 months following the completion of their contract. You may be eligible for a CDA Assessment scholarship if you:

  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week in one of the following settings or in one of the following roles:
    • Licensed or registered center-based, family, or group home provider
    • Great Start to Quality Resource Center
    • Early childhood education faculty
    • Early Childhood Specialist
    • Child Day Care Licensing
    • Home Visiting (Including Early On)
    • Other early childhood focused organizations
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Have completed a professional portfolio
  • Have collected Family Questionnaires
  • Are ready to schedule a verification visit conducted by a Professional Development Specialist
  • Are ready to take a CDA Exam at a PearsonVue testing center.