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!
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
BlogCounciLIVE: New Episodes Every Two WeeksThe inaugural CounciLIVE season is packed with some of the foremost voices in early childhood education today. Covering trending topics and issues in our field, the ...Read More
BlogClinton Boyd, Jr., Ph.D.: Empowering Black DadsClinton Boyd, Jr., Ph.D. is on a mission to empower Black dads. He knows the roadblocks they face because he became a father at the age ...Read More
BlogWhy the Child Development Associate Matters and How to Find the Right ProviderThere are several reasons why the CDA® credential is essential to people in early childhood education. First, it’s the most widely recognized credential in our field ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Supercharges CDA® Credentialing Process with Reimagining InitiativeWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide, is reimagining the process for earning its Child ...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!