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.

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!
BlogBoosting Brains by Building a Parent NationIt takes a village to raise a child, the old proverb tells us. But we need to expand our perspective, according to pediatric surgeon, social scientist ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Joins the Thrive CoalitionWASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, has joined ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Announces New Board MembersWASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, is pleased ...Read More
Published ArticlesMen Are an Essential Part of Our Field’s FutureWritten by Calvin E. Moore, Jr., Ph.D. The early childhood education field tends to be no man’s land. Nationwide, a meager 2.2 percent of ECE and ...Read More
BlogAdvancing Early Childhood Education Competence: What is on the Horizon for the Council?Dr. Calvin Moore shared that when he first arrived at the Council and took on the CEO role, he was focused on assessing the early childhood ...Read More
BlogSharing Gratitude During the Back-to-School SeasonWe have probably all seen the commercials this time of year when you can hear the popular holiday song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the ...Read More
BlogMarylanders: Do You Know a Pre-School Teacher Who’s Ready to Take the Next Step?Did you know early childhood educators in Maryland have a special benefit that can help them and the children they serve? The Maryland State Department of ...Read More
BlogEducation Writers Focus on Childcare ChallengesFor the first time in three years, the Education Writers Association (EWA) gathered in person for their National Seminar in Orlando last month. The event drew ...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!