Council for Professional Recognition Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

March 8, 2022
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March 8, 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 Janice Bigelow as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Bigelow has more than 30 years in accounting and finance experience, including public accounting, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has held management-level positions with BDO Seidman, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Pew Center for Global Climate Change, Communities In Schools and most recently American Humane. Bigelow holds a CPA from the State of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College.

“I am so pleased to welcome Jan to the Council,” says Dr. Calvin Moore Jr., CEO of the Council. “Jan brings a wealth of financial knowledge to her role and her experience with different organizations makes her a great fit for the Council. I am confident Jan will provide strong leadership and will be a valuable addition to the organization”.

“I am thrilled to join the Council for Professional Recognition, an organization I have long admired as providing the best early childhood education preparation and development credential,” said Bigelow. “The Council has unique strengths, a strong business model, and a proud history, and I look forward to working with the team to execute on the organizational priorities.”

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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