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MD Child Development Associate (CDA) Fund

image in article  MD Child Development Associate (CDA) FundThe Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood will provide 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:  or contact the Council at 

What does the fund cover?

  • CDA training
  • $425 initial online application fee
  • $125 renewal online application fee
  • CDA Textbook Bundle

How do I apply for funding?

Gather the following information: 

  • CDA Council ID Number. If you do not currently have an account with the CDA Council you will need to visit  and create an account. Once you have completed this part of the process, you will receive an email that contains your CDA Council ID Number.
  • Center or Home Daycare License Number
  • Complete the application form.

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