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Professional Development

The Early Childhood Development Scholarship provides a seamless system to upgrade the professional development of those working in early care and education. The state legislature and the Governor created the Early Childhood Development Scholarship as part of the KIDS NOW early childhood initiative.

Updated information from the Division of Child Care regarding renewal of the Commonwealth Child Care Credential during Covid-19

Notification from Save the Children regarding an exciting professional development opportunity to share! Through their community capacity work, they are offering the CDA certification for free, including textbooks, and the $425 – $500 certification fee. All courses will be conducted online and Gold Standard Certified. If interested please download the information form.


Scholarship

The scholarship provides financial assistance, to the extent of available funds, in the form of non-repayable tuition scholarships for Kentucky students who are pursuing one of the following:

  • Commonwealth Child Care Credential
  • Child Development Associate
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education or related program
  • Director’s Credential


The Kentucky Career Lattice

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. … Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

From https://www.cdacouncil.org/about/cda-credential

Click on the image to see the steps to obtaining your CDA

Division of Child Care Approved Training Agencies


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"Obtaining my CDA helped me tremendously in preparing for early child care education. Without my CDA, I would never have gained the amount of experience I did."

"Obtaining my CDA helped me tremendously in preparing for early child care education. Without my CDA, I would never have gained the amount of experience I did."

"Obtaining my CDA helped me tremendously in preparing for early child care education. Without my CDA, I would never have gained the amount of experience I did."

Brittany Slone
Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center
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