Child Development Associate Credential Extends to China via ChinaWise Partnership

September 21, 2017
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September 21, 2017
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Ken Murphy

The Council for Professional Recognition (the Council) and ChinaWise have officially launched a pilot program in China that aims to analyze and understand China’s early childhood education field and to introduce the Child Development Associate Credential to early educators working there with children from birth to five. With 105 million children under the age of six, there is great demand and need for childcare settings for infants/toddlers, preschool, pre-k and home visitors.

“Following several years of planning together, we are pleased to begin our partnership with ChinaWise to offer the Child Development Associate credential in China. We look forward to working with higher education and professional development services in China to further our mutual passion of excellence in early childhood education for all children,” said Valora Washington, chief executive officer, Council for Professional Recognition.

ChinaWise will use the Council’s CDA Competency Standards materials through ChildWise International LLC and its subsidiary (“ChildWise”)to provide CDA credentialing in the Greater China Region. The partnership will pilot the introduction of CDA training and the CDA® Credential using the Council’s proven and established early childhood education content and by following the Council’s training and competencies requirements. This will assist the partnership in further developing a credential that embraces leading education standards and respects the Chinese cultural and institutional environment.


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings –Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs. As a non-profit agency, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing, publishes the industry leading training books and workbooks, including its CDA Competency Standards and Essentials textbook and workbook (2ndedition).


CHINAWISE has been facilitating exchange in the educational, business and cultural spheres between China and the United States for more than 15 years. CHINAWISE has developed cross-cultural expertise and trusted relationships in government, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses in both countries. CHINAWISE understands the complexity of such exchanges and has gained hands-on experience in taking successful products and services in the U.S. and helping them thrive in local settings in China, by working with like-minded partners from multiple sectors.


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