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The CDA Pathways Scholarship

Earn your CDA with a scholarship from WA Scholarships. CDA Council Council for Professional Recognition

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Our CDA Pathways Scholarship covers CDA coursework, the assessment fee and renewal fees charged by the Council for Professional Recognition for obtaining the CDA Credential. Read our new CDA Scholarship one-pager. Lea nuestro nuevo fo lleto Beca CDA.


Center and Family child care providers must:

  • Work, not volunteer, in a WA State licensed child care facility participating in Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating Improvement System
  • Work an average of 20 hours per week at current facility
  • Have worked for at least three months at current facility
  • Work in a child care or early learning position with direct contact with children, or in a leadership role
  • Meet all of the eligibility requirements established by the CDA Council

Scholarship Benefits

  • CDA coursework/tuition
  • 100% of the cost of the CDA Assessment Fee
  • 100% of the cost of the CDA Renewal Fee
  • $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

Eligible providers can complete the application and submit it online or click on this link to print out the application. Applications must be complete! Send complete applications via email to:, via Fax to: 253-572-2599 or mail them to: 1551 Broadway, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98402.

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This application should take roughly 30 minutes to complete. Please be aware YOU CANNOT SAVE your application midway, or submit incomplete applications.

You will need the following before you begin:

  1. Your facility director's name and email address (if you work at a center)
  2. Your Social Security Number
  3. A valid email address
  4. The provider number of the facility as listed on the facility license (issued by the WA State Department of Early Learning)
  5. If you are participating in Early Achievers and your rating if applicable (ask your director if unsure)

Please submit complete applications only! Applications are reviewed at the end of each month. Click on this link for additional CDA Scholarship Instructions.

Information About the CDA Credential

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

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