Council for Professional Recognition Appoints Early Childhood Education Policy Leader Brionnea Williams-Mcclary as Director of Public Policy

January 10, 2022
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January 10, 2022
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, an organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, has named Brionnea Williams-McClary as director of public policy. A recognized early education policy expert, Williams-McClary brings firsthand experience to this role, including working in early childhood centers, with Head Start programs, and earning a CDA herself.

Williams-McClary will work with the Council’s leadership to advance the organization’s mission in the area of policy. She brings a wealth of experience and academic preparation to this new role. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on the well-being of children. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Child Care and as well as the Office of Head Start, focusing on underserved families. Her experience as a preschool teacher will be invaluable as she understands what it is like to educate young children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College, a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctorate in Law and Policy from the Salmon P. Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University.

“I am so pleased to welcome Brionnea to the Council,” says Dr. Calvin Moore Jr., CEO of the Council. “She brings not only professional but real-life experience to this role. Her understanding of what it takes to earn a CDA and the value it brings to an early educator is immeasurable. She is passionate about promoting our policy agenda to help support all young children.”

The mission of the Council is to promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old through the CDA. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a crucial stepping stone on career advancement in early childhood education. To date, over 800,000 CDA credentials have been issued around the world.


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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