Council for Professional Recognition CEO Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., Reflects on the Strengths and Challenges Highlighted in the Early Childhood Education Report

April 21, 2022
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April 21, 2022
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON — Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, finds reason for optimism as the early childhood sector emerges from the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Moore provides comments for the just released 2021–2022 Childcare Benchmark Report; it stated that 30% of childcare centers are over 90% enrolled, with another 14% at 80–90% enrolled, as of February 2021.

Yet the report finds that staffing obstacles continue. Forty-eight percent of respondents are understaffed at their centers; this has fallen from 64% in 2020 but is still relatively high.

Dr. Moore addresses the issues in the report’s section focused on enrollment and staffing. “The Benchmark Report serves as an important look at our sector from the providers’ point of view. Families have a natural interest in these findings, but increasingly we see policymakers, employers and other advocates understanding the connections between early childhood education and a healthy community and economy. We urge all to examine the results and renew efforts to address the issues highlighted in this report.”

Dr. Moore notes that the survey found 74% of respondents discussed early childhood education best practices directly with educators at their center, followed by 46% who discussed best practices with educators outside of their center virtually and 42% discussed best practices with educators outside of their center in person.

He and the Council believe the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential is an ideal way to highlight these best practices. The CDA® is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education, and it’s a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. The CDA® is based on a core set of competency standards that guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified educators of young children.

Dr. Moore will participate in a webinar about the Benchmark Report on Thursday, May 12 at 2pm (EDT). Further details are available here.


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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