CDA Scholarships

Strengthen your skills and advance your profession when you earn your CDA. Qualifying applicants will receive a $425 scholarship, which covers the cost of the CDA application fee.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION
  • Work in a North Dakota program
  • Career Pathways Placement at a Category A or higher
  • Be ready to meet the professional development requirements of the CDA Council:
    - 120 hours of training completed, including 10 hours in each of the CDA Subject Areas and an additional 40 hours of training in your choice of areas
    - Individuals can apply with 100 hours of training with a Professional Development Plan in place to meet the required criteria
  • Be ready to apply to the CDA Council within three months

CDA Renewal Scholarships

Keeping your Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ current is an important step in continuing your professional development in your work with young children and their families. The Council requires CDA holders to renew their credential every three years.  Qualifying applicants will receive a $125 scholarship, which covers the renewal application fee.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION
  • Work in a North Dakota program
  • Be a Growing Futures member with a Career Pathways placement of A or higher
  • Complete 45 clock hours of training specific to your credential type
  • Be within your 6 month renewal window
  • Be ready to apply to the CDA Council within three months