Council for Professional Recognition Announces New Board Members

December 13, 2022
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December 13, 2022
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Governing Board.

Eric Daniels is the Managing Director of the life sciences investment team at Manning and Napier (Rochester, NY), an investment management company. Daniels leads the firm’s global investment efforts in the healthcare space. Daniels is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Council, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Proxy Committee and Research Recruiting Group. Prior to Manning and Napier, Daniels was a vice president at JPMorgan Investment Bank. Additionally, Daniels serves on several boards, including East House, a non-profit supporting people with persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders and Daniels Democracy and Community Foundation, a private foundation established by Daniels and his wife, Michelle, targeting those who support efforts to uplift the inner city of Rochester.

Carla Thompson Payton is the Vice President of program strategy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI). In this role, she supports the foundation’s efforts to promote thriving children, working families and equitable communities. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Thompson Payton served as deputy director of the Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thompson Payton has been honored for her leadership in early childhood education by the Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Defense Fund and Temple University Institute on Disabilities.

The Council’s CEO, Dr. Calvin Moore Jr., says, “I am excited to have Eric and Carla join our Governing Board. They each bring professional experiences that will benefit the work we are doing to advance the Council’s mission and vision for the early care and education sector.”

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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, close to one million Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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