Council For Professional Recognition Congratulates Abena Ocran- Jackson On Appointment To Certification Network Group (CNG)

November 13, 2023
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November 13, 2023
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Professional Recognition, the nonprofit organization that supports early childhood education professionals and administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential, congratulates Abena Ocran-Jackson, Vice President of Programs, on her appointment to the board of the Certification Network Group (CNG). The appointment will commence in December 2023 and extend for a term of three years.

The CNG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of credentialing. Its mission as a force of excellence in the progressive development of credentialing professionals aligns with the Council’s commitment to operating a high-quality competency-based credentialing program in the early childhood sector.

Ocran-Jackson has over 25 years working in the early care and education sector. At the Council, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the CDA, including CDA Credentialing, Community Engagement and Learning, the Early Educators Leadership Conference, ECE Observation Systems and more. She has been named one of the Exceptional Leaders in Early Childhood by Childcare Exchange’s Leadership Initiative. She is also recognized as a credentialing specialist by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and is a recent Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) fellow with the BUILD Initiative.

Ocran-Jackson says “I am honored by the opportunity to work with the CNG and its Board. I have long respected the work of the CNG and now will be able to help support the certification community. The work CNG does is important to certification professionals looking to learn, network and share best practices. I am excited to connect the ECE field and members to the world of credentialing.”

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., the Council for Professional Recognition CEO, says “We are proud that Abena Ocran-Jackson will be sharing her expertise to further Certification Network Group’s mission and goals. Abena brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of credentialing and early childhood education. The Council for Professional Recognition believes that Abena’s appointment to the CNG board is not only a recognition of her exceptional skills but also a testament to the commitment and expertise of the Council.  We are confident that her contributions will be invaluable in advancing the objectives of CNG and the wider credentialing community.”

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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, over 1 million Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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