The New York Early Child Professional Development Institute supports those wanting to enter the field of early childhood education and those looking to change positions and grow their careers within the field. The Institute works with CUNY's School of Professional Studies to offer a 12-credit certificate that leads to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for those entering the field, and a graduate-level course of study that leads to the New York State Children's Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) for directors and teachers who want to become program directors.
The Institute offers financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate or graduate courses that lead to the CDA or CPAC. Financial assistance is need-based, and awards are determined based upon evaluation of the information provided in the application package. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must demonstrate need (submission of a recent IRS 1040 form), work in an early childhood program or be part of the Employment Network actively engaged in looking for employment, and , maintain satisfactory academic progress and have an active ASPIRE account in good standing.