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!
BlogBill Makes Its Way to the SenateThe Council for Professional Recognition applauds the House of Representatives on passage of the Build Back Better Act. This historic investment in early care and education ...Read More
Press ReleasesSold Out Early Childhood Education Conference in Leesburg Refreshes, Motivates and Inspires AttendeesLEESBURG, V.A. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide, convened national and international leaders, policymakers, early childhood professionals, higher ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil Board Officially Announces Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. as CEO of the CouncilWASHINGTON — D.C. Linda Hassan Anderson, president of the Council for Professional Recognition governing board, is proud to announce that Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., has ...Read More
BlogDr. Rory Brown Sipp: A Champion of Change for Children“If you have support and people believing in you, you can do anything,” says Rory Sipp, Senior Vice President of Acelero Learning, the largest provider of ...Read More
BlogThe Build Back Better Act is a Critical Step Forward for EducationThe Council for Professional Recognition applauds the critical investments in early care and education included in the Build Back Better Act.  This historic move will help children return ...Read More
BlogNew School Year, New Ways to Engage With Your FamiliesIt’s the start of a new school year which means it’s a wonderful time to think about how you engage with your students’ parents. Below are ...Read More
BlogBeing Neighbors on 9/11The morning sun lit a clear, blue sky as America started its day. Highways filled with traffic and railroads rumbled with trains. Planes soared into that ...Read More
BlogReimagining the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ ProcessThe Council for Professional Recognition recently announced plans to reimagine the process for earning its Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential. Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., the Council’s ...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!