Council Alumni Network (CAN)
The Council Alumni Network (CAN) is a community of engaged ECE stakeholders.
Welcome to CAN!
The Council Alumni Network (CAN) comprises a diverse community of early childhood professionals that span across the U.S. and abroad. Our mission is to provide recognition, resources, and opportunities to Council for Professional Recognition program participants and stakeholders through the cultivation of shared best practices, insights and access to special interest networks.
Take advantage of opportunities to provide resources and advice for early educators seeking career development through mentorship.
- Engage in powerful conversations about the profession
- Share proven research and case studies
Increase your visibility and impact as a leader by serving as a CAN Regional Ambassador, ECE Influencer, Friend or Sponsor.
- Submit an article about you or your organization’s latest projects
- Be a key contact for other participants in your region
Build strong alliances to share and discuss strategies to promote more innovation, recognition, improvements, and stability within our workforce.
- Participate in quarterly regional meetings
- Identify, recruit, and engage other CAN participants
- Attend and/or host face-to-face and virtual events
There is no fee to access the community. No matter how you may choose to participate, we’ll provide opportunities for you to stay engaged and connected to your colleagues and other alumni participants, including special events and promotions.
Anyone who has participated in a program that is administered or funded by the Council for Professional Recognition is welcome to join. A few examples of Council programs include:
- Current and past CDA® earners
- CDA Professional Development Specialists™
- CDA Gold Standard Specialists™
- CDA Gold StandardSM Awardees
- Partners or Stakeholders
- And more!
Being a PD Specialist allows me to share my expertise and genuine love of early childhood education. Being a PD Specialist is my Occupassion!
- Sherilynn Kimble, PD Specialist
I had been working with children for about three years when I was given the opportunity to obtain my CDA. During the process I was able to gain so much knowledge about all aspects of caring for chil...
- Tanesha Sanders, Texas
I started working at the University of Dubuque Childcare Center in October of 2009. I was hired as a floater to work with three age groups, Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. In August of 2010, I was assign...
- Rhonda Baule, Iowa
The great thing about having a CDA is that it is a national certification. I started in Florida and then moved to Louisiana where it was recognized and did help me in finding a job at the local Child ...
- Kendra Barnes, Louisiana
Starting a new job in the childcare arena was exciting! I knew that I enjoyed working with children, and it was a great opportunity to stay at home with my daughter. One year turned into two, and befo...
- Traci McNeil, Ohio
I am an Assistant VPK Teacher with a local childcare group. I had a director who encouraged me to get my CDA. My short journey had begun. I, too, was a little hesitant and fearful of failing when I sa...
- Gloria Williams, Florida
It is well worth it. When I received my Certificate for my Nationals in the mail, I cried I was so happy. I would also like to Thank my Director and my Assistant Director for really supporting me.
- Donna Hayes, Florida