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!
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Appoints Early Childhood Education Policy Leader Brionnea Williams-Mcclaryas Director of Public PolicyWASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, an organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, has named Brionnea ...Read More
BlogNew Year, Improved You: Why Earning Your CDA Should be at the Top of Your Resolutions ListCDA®. These three little letters can change the entire trajectory of your career. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential is the most widely known and valued ...Read More
BlogThe Value of Education and Preparation: How the CDA Helps Early EducatorsEach December, people take stock of the year and think of what is to come in the new year. I am no exception. Working for an ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Announces New Board MembersWASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Professional Recognition, an organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, is pleased ...Read More
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

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!