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Fund Information


The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund is a tuition assistance program for child care professionals to obtain or continue their pursuit of a college education at participating colleges/universities in Maryland. The Fund pays the cost of tuition, fees, and course related textbooks, as funding allows.


Child Care Center Staff and Family Child Care Providers can earn a college degree in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education

Funds are awarded annually July 1st through June 30th, with a review of academic performance and continuation of requirements to participate at the end of the approval year.


Approval can be renewed if:

  • Funding is available
  • Recipient continues participation in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program
  • Recipient continues employment in child care
  • Recipient successfully completes at least two courses during the approval year
  • Recipient maintains a 2.50 GPA
  • Recipient reapplies at the end of the approval year

Eligibility Requirements


Applicants must meet the following criteria (COMAR 13A.14.09):


  • Participate in the Maryland Child Care Credential program at Level Two or higher.
  • Work in a licensed child care center or be a registered family child care provider in the State of Maryland and work at least 10 hours per week.
  • Fulfill entrance requirements at the participating college of your choice.
  • Have at least one (1) year of documented experience working with groups of children in an approved setting.
  • Maintain employment in child care in the State of Maryland while participating in the fund.
  • Participate in professional development.
  • Agree to complete Service Requirement (work) in the child care field in the State of Maryland for at least 10 hours per week after completion of degree and/or withdrawal from the Fund.
  • Maintain at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA from the point of first entering the Fund.


The Fund does not reimburse participants. Funds are paid directly to the college/university. MSDE will notify each applicant and college/university of Fund approval.


How to Apply


If you are interested in applying for the Fund, you must first contact the participating educational institution of your choice.  Click here for a list participating colleges/universities.

Submit a completed application with required documentation


  • Experience – at least one year of child care experience – letter from current employer; current family child care license
  • Participation in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program at Level Two or higher – copy of current credential certificate
  • Letter of acceptance from a participating college including declared major
  • Statement of college costs associated with enrollment (tuition, fees, & books)
  • Professional Development Plan – listing of courses and timeline required to complete degree


  • Continued Employment – letter from current employer on letterhead; current family child care license
  • Continued participation in the Maryland Child Care Credential program – copy of certificate
  • College transcript with GPA.

Graduation or Withdrawal from the Fund


Upon graduation or withdrawal from the Fund, participants are required to begin the Service Commitment requirement as stated in COMAR 13A.14.09.


  • Associate's Degree – Two (2) years;
  • Bachelor's Degree – Four (4) years; or
  • One (1) month per credit paid on your behalf.

If you stop working in child care, you are required to repay MSDE for the cost paid on your behalf.

Application Due Dates:

First-time Applications are due by March 1st.


Continuation Applications are due by June 30th.


Applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be processed. Incomplete applications/application packets cannot be processed.


First-time applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to applicants who have not completed any college courses for credit from an accredited college or university.


Late applications will not be processed.


CCCPDF Documents


Click here for the CCCPDF Application Form.

Click here for the CCCPDF Application Checklist.

Click here for the CCCPDF Fact Sheet.

Have questions or need more information about Credentialing Branch programs?  Contact us:
by e-mail: credentialocc.msde@maryland.gov
by phone:  410-767-7852


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