Council Alumni Network (CAN)

The Council Alumni Network (CAN) is a community of engaged ECE stakeholders.

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Council for Professional Recognition
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Washington, DC  20009-3547
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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!
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