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Child Development Associate (CDA) Fund for Maryland

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Fund

Maryland Family Network, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and the Council for Professional Recognition are partnering to provide thousands of Maryland's #early-childhood-educators with financial support to help them earn a FREE CDA! Get ready to learn about the CDA grant!

Who is eligible?

  • Registered family childcare providers
  • Licensed child care center staff

Grant money will cover:

  • 120-hour CDA Credential
  • 45-hour CDA Renewal
  • 30-hour Bridge Bundle (only for Maryland providers who have their 90-hour Certification)
  • CDA Professional Portfolio review/collaboration with one of our CDA PD Specialists.
  • Application fee
  • CDA Textbook Bundle

How can I get my CDA for #free?

Create an account in the CDA application system ( When your account has been set up, the system will generate a customer ID number, then complete the CDA Funding Application Form.

Complete your 120 hours of CDA coursework with ChildCareEd! 

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 online training covering the eight CDA Subject Areas with ChildCareEd.
  • Work 480 hours with children whose ages are specific to the setting for which you are applying for your Credential.
  • Prepare your CDA Professional Portfolio.
  • Apply online for your CDA Credential using the YourCouncil online application system.
  • Schedule your CDA Verification Visit.
  • Schedule your CDA Exam.




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