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!
BlogCouncil Alumni Network: A Place Where Connectivity HappensWhere can you connect with CDA® holders and the wide range of folks who serve them? Turn to the Council Alumni Network (CAN), an online community ...Read More
BlogCatch Some Rays (and professional development hours) this Summer!Professional development is absolutely critical to your success, as well as the success of all the children in your care. Not to mention in most states, ...Read More
BlogReflecting, Regrouping and ReenergizingThis month marks my second year at the Council for Professional Recognition. When I first arrived at the Council, I was no stranger to the organization ...Read More
EventsEarly Educators Leadership Conference: Leading Career Pathways to EquityRead More
EventsECE Practitioner Day: Supporting the Whole EducatorRead More
EventsCDA® Credentialing System for Home Visitors: Professionalizing your Work in the Field of Home VisitationRead More
EventsThe High School CDA Career & Technical Education Coaching, Training, and Technical Assistance Program Launch EventRead More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Appoints New Chief Operating OfficerWASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, an organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, has named Andrew ...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!