Council for Professional Recognition Appoints National Early Childhood Education Leader Michelle L. Brown as Chief of Staff

September 8, 2020
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September 8, 2020
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition, the organization that promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in early childhood education, has named Michelle L. Brown as chief of staff. A nationally recognized early care and education expert, Brown brings three decades of experience to her new role, including experience in an early childhood center in an underserved neighborhood.

Brown will work directly with the Council’s CEO, Dr. Calvin Moore, Jr., and across the nonprofit organization to help develop and execute the Council’s mission and vision. Her responsibilities will also include work around the Council’s public policy agenda, communications, event coordination, international relations and publications.

Brown began her career in early childhood as a Head Start teacher and Early Childhood Lab School Director in Toledo, Ohio. She continued her work advocating for children and families in positions at the local, state and national levels. Her work in Washington, DC, in fact began at the Council as a participant in the National Head Start Fellowship program. She has held key positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start, National Head Start Association and ZERO TO THREE. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and family community services and a master’s degree in early childhood special education, both from Bowling Green State University.

“I am proud to welcome Michelle back to the Council having been a Head Start Fellow,” says Moore. “Her experience, knowledge and background in early education will further enhance the work we are doing. She understands what it is like to be in a classroom with young children, as well as how to work on a policy agenda. We share a passion and commitment to providing all children with access to equitable learning opportunities.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to join the Council,” says Brown. “It seems all the things I have done in the past have led me here. I began my career helping our youngest learners imagine and grow in new and exciting ways, and I bring those experiences with me every day in this position. The Council has a significant role to play in getting more early childhood caregivers interested in advancing their skills and knowledge.”

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 Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. 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, over 800,000 CDA credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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