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The CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship

CDA Council Council for Professional Recognition

The CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship covers the CDA ASSESSMENT AND RENEWAL FEES charged by the Council for Professional Recognition for obtaining the CDA Credential. For more information on obtaining the credential, go to

* All Scholarships are contingent upon funding at the time of award.*

Scholarship Qualifications

    • Work, not volunteer, in a WA State licensed child care facility participating in Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
      • Have high school diploma or GED.
        • Work an average of 20 hrs/week in a licensed child care facility.
          • Have worked at your current child care facility for at least three months.
          • Work in a Washington State child care facility.
          • Be 18 years of age or older.
          • Meet all of the eligibility requirements established by the CDA Council.

                Scholarship Benefits

                Washington Scholarships pays:

                • 100% of the cost of the CDA Assessment Fee ($425)
                • 100% of the cost of the CDA Renewal Fee ($100 PAPER/$75 ONLINE)
                • $150 bonus upon receipt of the scholar's CDA Credential
                • $50 bonus upon receipt of the scholar's CDA Renewal
                • 100% tuition coverage for CDA renewal coursework at a WA State community or technical college

                Scholar  Expectations

                Scholars are required to remain employed with their sponsoring child care facility for three months after scholarship contract completion.

                Scholarship Application

                Please fill out and submit complete applications only! Applications are reviewed at the end of each month.

                CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship Application

                CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship Instructions

                Scholarship Application Deadline

                Send completed applications to:


                Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

                1551 Broadway, Suite 300

                Tacoma, WA 98402

                Phone: 866-308-3224

                Fax: 253-572-2599


                Information About the CDA Credential

                The Council for Professional Recognition administers the CDA credentialing program and awards the CDA Credential. For more information on the renewal process visit the CDA Council website.


                The Council for Professional Recognition is a program that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals. It is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment, and credentialing of child care staff, home visitors, and family child care providers.

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