Council for Professional Recognition Announces New Board Members

December 9, 2021
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December 9, 2021
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Usma Mohamed

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

Dr. Sandy Baba is a recognized researcher and practitioner in early care education and family service development. Dr. Baba has led statewide and national quality rating improvement system efforts. Her research on supporting low-income Chinese immigrant families in federally funded early childhood education programs was featured by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Baba co-founded the Asian Interest Forum at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Baba is a senior adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College, Graduate School of Human Development (San Jose, CA).

Dr. Stacie Goffin is the founder and principal of the Goffin Strategy Group LLC. Dr. Goffin is a recognized leader and author in early childhood education. She has led initiatives spanning higher education, local, state, and national organizations; organizational development; and advocacy, resulting in change for systems, policy, and early childhood education.

Jim Heath is principal at 3L Coaching LLC (Richland, MI) and the retired president of Stryker Instruments. Heath will serve as the board treasurer. Heath spent more than 25 years as president of Stryker Instruments, a division of Stryker Corp., a Fortune 500 corporation that develops innovative tools that make surgery more efficient and less painful. Now Heath’s focus includes coaching business leaders and giving back to the community.

The Council’s CEO, Dr. Calvin Moore Jr., says, “Sandy, Stacie, and Jim each bring unique perspectives to the Council’s board of directors. We are thrilled to have them join our Governing Board. This is a critical time for early educators and the CDA. I am sure their professional experiences will benefit the board as they work 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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