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Institute Scholarship

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.

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, please complete this application. 

Personal / Contact

What county do you primarily / usually work in? If unemployed, what county do you live in?
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Current Employment

This scholarship supports professionals employed in regulated early childhood programs. Please list your current employment information here.
Select the option that best matches your current role
Organization / program name
Employer permit, license or BEDS code

Program Funding:

How is your program Funded?
What borough or county do you work in?
Select the option that best matches your recent role.
Organization / program name (optional)

Program Funding:

How was your program Funded?

Child Ages:

What ages of children did you work with?
What borough or county did you work in?
Select the option that best matches your role.
Organization / program name (optional)
What borough or county do you work in?

Application Information:

Indicate which program you are applying for (CDA or CPAC) and how many courses you will apply for this semester.
Which program of study are you pursuing?
How many courses will you apply for this semester?

Income Information:

Please enter basic information about your annual income and other financial supports. Once an advisor has reviewed your application, they will contact you for more information and to provide supporting documentation.
Indicate your annual salary.
Please enter a dollar amount of other reportable income.


What scholarships have you applied for?
If you indicated "Other" above, please enter the name(s) of the other scholarship(s).

Are you a member of the Leadership Initiative. If so, which region? Learn more about the Leadership Initiative.

How did you hear about the Scholarship?

Which CUNY campus did you learn about us from?
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