A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Strengthen your skills and advance your profession when you earn your CDA. Qualifying applicants receive a $600 scholarship that is awarded in two parts:

  • $425 payable to the National Council for Professional Recognition on behalf of the CDA candidate
  • $175 payable to the recipient to cover expenses related to the process such as payment for resource books, registration fees associated with training, etc.

Applications are now being accepted. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CDA Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Live and work in North Dakota
  • Employed at least 20 hours per week in a licensed child care program serving children birth to 5 years old
  • Meet all national CDA credentialing requirements. Review credentialing requirements at www.cdacouncil.org
  • A member of the Growing Futures Registry with a career placement of Category A or higher. Learn more about the Growing Futures Registry at www.ndgrowingfutures.org

Review Requirements and Apply

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  1. Download and review the CDA Scholarship Application.
  2. Make sure you are using the current CDA National Credentialing Program and Competency Standards book. Look inside the front cover of the book, you should see the Candidate Checklist
  3. Review your Growing Futures professional development record to determine what training you need to complete. Scholarship applicants must complete ONE of the following requirements prior to submitting scholarship application.
    - 10 hours of training in each of the 8 ND Core Competency areas, OR
    - Two Child Care Aware® of North Dakota CDA Modules
  4. Candidates must have a plan to complete the additional requirements within the next 3 months
  5. Mail completed application and documentation to the regional Child Care Aware® office listed on the application.

Contact the Professional Development Manager in your region if you have questions.