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.

BlogExperts Speak: Autism and ApraxiaExperts Speak Autism and Apraxia with Elizabeth Vosseller Early childhood educators play a critical role in the lives of young children and their families around the ...Read More
BlogCelebrating National Children’s Day: A Guide for Families with Young ChildrenNational Children’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to celebrating the joys and innocence of childhood. For parents with young children under the age of 5, ...Read More
BlogParents as a Child’s First Teacher: Nurturing Development from HomeBefore a child even steps into a classroom or child care center, their first lessons in life occur within the walls of their home. During their ...Read More
BlogWorking Together to Advocate For Child Care on Social MediaAs Congress begins negotiating the next round of appropriations to ensure the government is funded for the upcoming fiscal year, it’s important that we work together ...Read More
BlogHow Congress Funds the Government: What You Should Know About AppropriationsYou might have heard the buzz that Congress just passed a new bill funding the government that includes big wins for child care. But are you ...Read More
BlogCongress Finally Passed 2024 Appropriations. What’s in it for Child Care?Congress just passed a new bill funding the government that includes big wins for child care. Here’s what was included: According to CNN, the Child Care ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Unveils Renewed Vision and Mission for Early Childhood EducationWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the nonprofit organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, proudly ...Read More
BlogCelebrating the Lunar New Year with Little Ones: Fun and Educational Activities for Children Under FiveHappy Year of the Dragon, educators and parents! Now that festivities have begun, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young children to the rich traditions ...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 one million 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!