CDA Scholarship

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Rhode Island provides educational scholarships to the early childhood workforce working in licensed facilities.  The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarship program offers a variety of scholarship options.  The CDA Assessment Scholarship provides financial supports to candidates to assist with the cost of the CDA assessment fee administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.  Recipients are eligible to receive a bonus upon attainment of the CDA Credential.  At the present time, the CDA Assessment Scholarship is only available to candidates who complete the CDA Training program at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • The candidate must have completed the CCRI Child Development Associate Training Program at the Community College of Rhode Island
  • The candidate must have earned a high school diploma or GED (requirement of the CDA Council)
  • The candidate must have completed at least 480 hours of professional work experience in the setting to which they are applying (requirement of the CDA Council)
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per a week in programs that are:
    • licensed by the RI Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF)
    • approved to accept DHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) children
    • rated by BrightStars

CDA Scholarship – Family Child Care Providers
CDA Scholarship – Center-Based Teachers and Assistant Teachers
CDA Scholarship – Information for Administrators & F.A.Q

For more information about the Council for Professional Recognition and how you can apply for a CDA Credential, visit the Council’s website. For more information about the CDA Scholarship, contact us at: teach@riaeyc.org.