Child Development Associate Credential Program (CDA)

Thank you for your interest in the Colorado Shines Brighter CDA Scholarship. The CDA credential is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in Early Childhood Education.  The credential is administered to ensure that CDA educators understand all aspects of child development; emotional, physical, intellectual and social.  The credential is nationally and now globally recognized.


Information Meeting en espanol: February 5, 2021, 7:00PM; Application Opens: February 8, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Topic: Presentacion de Informacion sobre CDA

Time: Feb 5, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Statewide Scholarship Program

No prior work experience is required, however, you must have a high school diploma, GED, or be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school career and technical program in early childhood education to qualify for a scholarship.

To be eligible, you cannot have a prior conviction of a felony child abuse, or a felony offense involving unlawful sexual behavior.

For new CDA candidates, if awarded, you will receive funding for CDA training costs (up to $600) and the CDA assessment fee ($425).

For renewal CDA candidates, if awarded, the scholarship can pay for the renewal assessment fee ($125).

All scholarship recipients will receive coaching support.

*Payments will be made directly to the training program and to the Council for Professional Recognition, except in special circumstances.


Click HERE to apply for the CDA Scholarship


The Division of Early Care and Learning is excited to offer a solution for Early Childhood Professionals who are not able to complete the final observation for the CDA due to the Council for Professional Recognition not currently allowing virtual observations and Colorado Public Health Guidance not permitting in-person observations.  Click HERE to view the Waiver available for Early Childhood Professionals seeking CDA Certification.