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From the Chief Executive Officer
The back-to-school season is upon us.
Each new school year is a chance for each of us to renew a promise—the promise of a high-quality care and education program for each and every child. To fulfill this promise, we must ensure that every child has access to teachers who have been given specialized training in child development and early education.
That's where the Council for Professional Recognition comes in. Our mission is to promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children from birth to five years old. We do this through our administration of the Child Development Associate™ (CDA) National Credentialing Program, which is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals.
Over the next year, our staff are committed to support the promise with new offerings and initiatives:
• Get a 15 percent discount on registration for NAEYC's upcoming national conference in Dallas
• Get your CDA credential between Sept. 15 and Dec. 31 for a weekly chance to win a $100 Visa gift card
• Register soon for the Council's ECE Leadership Retreat at the Lansdowne Resort Oct. 1 through Oct. 4, 2015; more details to follow
• Refer-a-Friend—the Council is recruiting for more PD Specialists, particularly in the Migrant and Seasonal and Tribal Head Start communities
Each school year, we recommit to this promise—we join you in our pledge to recognize and celebrate early educators!
Valora Washington, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Council Open House Draws ECE Community from Far and Wide
The Council for Professional Recognition recently hosted an open house celebration at its 2460 16th St. N.W. headquarters in Washington, D.C., drawing more than 100 guests and staff together for an early evening of networking and information-gathering. Guests came from far and wide—as far west as Austin, Texas and Lansing, Mich., along with local and federal stakeholders.
Among the VIP guests were Libby Doggett, Ph.D., deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Steven R. Hicks, senior policy advisor, both from the U.S. Department of Education; Council board president Paula J. Bloom and board member Ed Greene; Raeshawn Crosson-Settles, chief operating officer, District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education; Susan M. Hedges, Ph.D., director, program standards and assessment, NAEYC; Colleen Tracy Haddad, executive director, Association for Early Learning Leaders, and Debbie Antone, TEACH (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) scholarship coordinator, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children.
In her brief remarks, Council CEO Valora Washington, Ph.D., said, "This a unique opportunity to bring a cross-section of our allies in the early care and education space together with our extraordinary staff here at the Council to continue to build capacity in unifying and professionalizing the field."