Council Board Officially Announces Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. as CEO of the Council

November 15, 2021
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November 15, 2021
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Usma Mohamed


Linda Hassan Anderson, president of the Council for Professional Recognition governing board, is proud to announce that Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., has been appointed as the Council’s CEO. She says, “Dr. Moore has proven himself to be a perfect fit for this role as he’s elevated maintaining equitable access to the Child Development Associate® credential. His leadership has been demonstrated through reimagining the CDA® credentialing process, increasing awareness of the Council with key policymakers, and building stronger partnerships with other national early childhood organizations. This leadership has been especially critical as we’ve all worked through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Moore says, “I’m deeply honored by the board’s trust and confidence. I believe it is an acknowledgment of the teamwork we have exhibited as staff members and CDAs during this unprecedented time. We’ve worked together to overcome the direst days of the pandemic and now can look forward to building on our position as a leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators across the country.”

Dr. Moore is the Council’s first CEO to have earned a CDA. He previously served on the board and in senior government executive positions at the federal and state level.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in early childhood education, both from Walden University.


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings including Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family childcare, and home visitor programs. As a nonprofit organization, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing. To date, over 800,000 CDA credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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