Caregivers Opportunities

PLP Child Development Associate (CDA) Stipend

Funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and administered by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey (PCA-NJ), the Parent Linking Program Child Development Associate (CDA) Stipend provides education funds for full-time (30 hours or more) infant and toddler caregivers employed with a PLP child care center. Limited funding is available for the 2016-2017 school year to support caregivers pursuing an initial Infant Toddler CDA Credential and to cover the fees associated with obtaining or renewing their Infant Toddler CDA Credential.  Caregivers can apply for one of two stipends:

PLP CDA Stipend – Initial

This stipend is for caregivers pursuing an initial CDA. Applicants can receive a maximum of $550 to apply toward the cost of an Infant Toddler CDA training or the fee associated with obtaining a CDA Credential ($425).

PLP CDA Stipend – Renewal

This stipend is for caregivers needing to renew their Infant Toddler CDA Credential. Applicants can receive a maximum of $150 towards the fee to renew their Infant Toddler CDA Credential. Credential must be within six months of expiring. Funding is not available to support the training courses required to renew the credential.

Caregivers wishing to take advantage of this opportunity must email Sherry Clark via email [email protected] or phone 732-246-8060 prior to December 15. The application will be available in mid-December.

In the meantime, caregivers can do the following:

 If applying for CDA INITIAL Stipend:

  1. READ THE HANDBOOK,
  2. Decide if they would like us to pay for the CDA training OR the CDA Credential,
  3. Identify a training agency where they would like to take the CDA training. If the training is going to begin BEFORE December AND they want us to pay for the cost of the training, participants must contact PCA-NJ email to make arrangements to have participants apply early to pay for the cost of the training.
  4. Once the training agency and the start date for the CDA training has been identified, the following should be emailed to Sherry Clark [email protected] or phone 732-246-8060:
    1. The names of each candidate,
    2. Name of the agency providing the training,
    3. Start date for the training,
    4. Indicate if they would like us to pay for the training OR the CDA Credential,
    5. We will notify applicants when they can apply.

If RENEWING their CDA Credential

  1. READ THE HANDBOOK,
  2. Review the CDA Renewal requirements and determine what needs to be done (see attached). They MUST be renewing an Infant-Toddler CDA (not a Preschool CDA).
  3. Once the renewal requirements have been reviewed, the following should be emailed to Sherry Clark [email protected] or phone 732-246-8060:
    1. The names of each candidate,
    2. Expiration date for their current CDA credential,
    3. Indicate if they meet all requirements?, If not, document what do they need to complete.

 CDA Documents

PLP CDA Stipend Handbook (download PDF)

Initial CDA Credentialing Overview (download PDF)

Renewal IT CDA Checklist (download PDF)

Additional Resources

Questions or concerns

If you have questions please contact Sherry Clark via email [email protected] or phone 732-246-8060.