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!
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
EventsCDA® Webinar Series in SpanishThe Council invites you to be a part of our new free CDA webinar series available in Spanish. These webinars are for CDA candidates and those ...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
BlogRemoving Barriers to Head Start Programs through Categorical EligibilityIn April 2022, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued new guidance and an Information Memoranda (IM) announcing the long-awaited, family-friendly policy of permitting families ...Read More
BlogInvisible Child: A Spotlight on Life in the ShadowsDasani wakes up before dawn each day at a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York. After slipping out from under the covers, she goes to the window. On a clear day, she can see all the way across the shimmering East River to the top of the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. And looking at it makes her feel like the world is full of promise. “I have a lot of possibility, too,” she says. “I have a lot of things to say.”Read More
BlogCDA® Advisory Committee Continues to Provide Guidance to the CouncilThe CDA Advisory Committee was created to provide insights, perspectives, and best practices to the CDA community and other early childhood professionals. Established during the initial ...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!