CDA AWARDS

Financial Assistance for the National CDA

CDA Awards help providers pay for the required training, application, and renewal of the nationally recognized Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Applications are accepted at any time. Awards are distributed on a quarterly basis.

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AWARD TYPES

Child care providers who have received a CDA in the last year (since July 1, 2017) or have completed the required training may apply for the following awards:

 

Initial Training Reimbursement
Child care providers can receive funding to help cover the cost of approved training required for the CDA Credential. Training documented on the approved section of an individual’s Develop Learning Record within the last five years is eligible for reimbursement at $5 per hour (up to $600). Award amounts are determined by your Learning Record. Record of payment is not required. This award can only be earned once. Initial Training Reimbursement awards can be combined with the Initial CDA Assessment Fee awards.

 

Initial CDA Assessment Fee
This award covers the full cost of the assessment fee ($425) charged by the Council for Professional Recognition for an initial CDA. This award can only be earned once. Initial CDA Assessment Fee awards can be combined with the Initial Training Reimbursement awards.

 

Renewal Training Reimbursement
Renewal Training Reimbursement awards can help cover the cost of approved training required for the renewal of the CDA Credential. Training documented on the approved section of an individual’s Develop Learning Record within the last five years is eligible for reimbursement at $5 per hour (up to $225). Award amounts are determined by your Learning Record. Record of payment is not required. This award can only be earned once. Renewal Training Reimbursement awards can be combined with the CDA Renewal Fee awards.

                                                

CDA Renewal Application Fee
CDA Renewal Application Fee awards cover the full cost ($125) of the CDA Renewal Fee. This award can only be earned once. CDA Renewal Fee awards can be combined with the Renewal Training Reimbursement awards.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Hold a current Develop Individual Membership.
  • Be employed or volunteer at a licensed or license-exempt early childhood program. Employment must be verified on your Develop account through your employer’s Organization Profile. Volunteer experience must be documented using a Volunteer Verification form.
  • Complete all training requirements set by the Council for Professional Recognition and be ready to apply to the CDA Council. Training taken for your CDA must appear as verified on your Develop Learning Record under the approved training section.
APPLICATION PROCESS
  1. Apply online at any time. Your application submission date will determine the grant round you are eligible for.
Application Date  Award Notification Date
July 1 - August 31, 2018 September 10, 2018
September 1 – November 30, 2018 December 10, 2018
December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 March 10, 2019
March 1 – May 31, 2019 June 10, 2019

 

  1. Compile the supporting documents listed below:
    • Recent paystub or copy of your Family Child Care License (or an Experience Verification Form if a volunteer)
    • Your CDA Learning Record from Develop
    • A copy of your CDA Certificate (if seeking reimbursement after receiving your initial CDA or renewal)
FUNDING DISTRIBUTION

Initial Training Reimbursement
Reimbursement awards are distributed after Child Care Aware of Minnesota has received documentation proving the recipient has earned their CDA Credential. Training costs are reimbursed at the rate of $5 per hour up to a maximum of $600.

 

Initial CDA Assessment Fee
After notifying the recipient, Child Care Aware of Minnesota will pay the Council for Professional Recognition $300 for the initial CDA. The recipient will pay the difference. Once documentation proving the recipient has earned their CDA Credential has been received, Child Care Aware of Minnesota will reimburse the recipient the difference ($125).

 

Renewal Training Reimbursement
Reimbursement awards are distributed after Child Care Aware of Minnesota has received documentation proving the recipient has earned their CDA Credential. Training costs are reimbursed at the rate of $5 per hour up to a maximum of $225.

 

CDA Renewal Application Fee
After notifying the recipient, Child Care Aware of Minnesota will pay the Council for Professional Recognition $75 for the CDA renewal. The recipient will pay the difference. Once documentation proving the recipient has earned their CDA Credential has been received, Child Care Aware of Minnesota will reimburse the recipient the difference ($50).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When should I apply for an award?
You can submit an application when you have received your CDA or have completed the required training for an initial CDA or renewal. Plan to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition for your CDA within two weeks of award notification.

 

Does my award expire?
After receiving confirmation of award acceptance, recipients will have until the next award date (December 10, March 10, June 10, September 10) to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition. If unused, awards expire 90 days from the date of notification.

 

Where can I find the required 120 hours of training?

  • Contact your local Child Care Aware of Minnesota office to learn about upcoming Minnesota Child Development Associate (MNCDA) and Minnesota Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (MNITCDA) cohort opportunities.
  • Additional approved training can be found on Develop.
  • Contact CDA@childcareawaremn.org for questions regarding training you have already completed or for assistance developing a professional development plan to complete requirements.