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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Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Launches New WebsiteWASHINGTON, DC — Over the last year, the Council for Professional Recognition has seen growth in the number of candidates seeking to earn the Child Development ...Read More
BlogA New Website for a New Era: 7 Pathways Designed for YouIn recent years, our CDA® community has taken leaps and strides in collective growth. At the Council, we have been honored to issue nearly 1 million ...Read More
BlogIntroducing CounciLIVE: Your live stream source on the most important issues & topics in early childhood education todayWhat time should we stream our first episode on Facebook live? Vote here! This summer, be inspired to grow, act and excel with the launch of ...Read More
BlogKeep it Up: Why Renewing Your CDA® is Critical for Your Career GrowthSPONSORED BLOG The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely known credential in early childhood education. When a person earns their CDA®, it demonstrates that ...Read More
BlogCaring Across GenerationsCOVID-19 has called public attention to the impact of those who provide us with care. Working families have had to carry the crushing weight of care, ...Read More
BlogRecognizing Those Who Helped Get Us All ThroughNo one would argue that 2020 was the most devasting year that we can remember. I often found myself looking for glimmers of hope and rays ...Read More
Press ReleasesCouncil for Professional Recognition Says Professional Credentialing Must Play a Role in President Biden’s Early Childhood Education PlanWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the nonprofit that offers and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, is encouraged by reports that President ...Read More
Blog3 Reasons to Celebrate Earth Day with Young Childrenby Savannah DiMarco on April 21, 2021 Each year, we honor Earth Day: a special day devoted to celebrating the wonder of the natural world and dreaming 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!

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