We Set the Standard for ECE Competence

The Council for Professional Recognition is a leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide. We ensure that candidates who earn our Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential are well prepared to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of young children. Having a CDA® doesn’t just help educators bring out the best in children. It also advances their careers and contributes to the status of our profession.

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We’re here to help guide our CDA community through these challenging times with new policies, procedures, and tips. We’re committed to meeting your changing needs and those of a very precious population—our youngest children!
BlogClinton Boyd, Jr., Ph.D.: Empowering Black DadsClinton Boyd, Jr., Ph.D. is on a mission to empower Black dads. He knows the roadblocks they face because he became a father at the age ...Read More
BlogWhy the Child Development Associate Matters and How to Find the Right ProviderThere are several reasons why the CDA® credential is essential to people in early childhood education. First, it’s the most widely recognized credential in our field ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Supercharges CDA® Credentialing Process with Reimagining InitiativeWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide, is reimagining the process for earning its Child ...Read More
Press ReleasesEarly Childhood Education Community Meets, Engages and Learns from the Sector’s Top Experts on ‘Councilive’WASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, the nonprofit leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide, has launched a live streamed online series featuring ...Read More
BlogWhy parent participation is pivotal for youngsters’ developmentIn my last blog, I discussed why it’s important for center owners, administrators, teachers and parents to come together as a community to help ensure the ...Read More
BlogTomorrow’s Hope: The Promise of Early Childhood EducationJamal loved to play rhythms on toys when he was a young boy at Educare, a cutting-edge preschool on Chicago’s South Side. “It didn’t have to ...Read More
BlogIf It Sounds Good, It is Good: The Benefits of Music for ChildrenI played Bach for my son when he was a baby. In the early months of his life, I held Julian in my arms and moved ...Read More
BlogIntroducing CounciLIVE: Your live stream source on the most important issues & topics in early childhood education todayThis summer, be inspired to grow, act and excel with the launch of CounciLIVE: the Council for Professional Recognition’s new live broadcast series! Join us to ...Read More

Who We Are

Our History

Back in the early 1970s, a group of early childhood pioneers convened to think about how to improve the quality of early care and education. Their solution was to create a new credential based on competence in the early childhood field.

Our Stories

Members of our community work in all types of early childhood education programs serving children from birth to 5 years old. Our educators’ stories reveal their wit, wisdom and wonderful sense of devotion to our youngest children.

Where We Are Now

The Council has issued more than 800,000 CDA credentials to date. We’re now expanding our reach across the globe, and there’s a world of ways for you to be part of our success!

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