Council for Professional Recognition kicks off National Tour

February 3, 2020
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February 3, 2020
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Carol Kaplan
Public Relations Manager
Council for Professional Recognition

Tour celebrates 45th anniversary of CDA® credential

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for Professional Recognition will be touring the country in 2020 in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Child Development Associate® credential, also known as the CDA®.

The CDA® is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping- stone on the path to career advancement in ECE.

“The time has come for early childhood educators to get the recognition they deserve as professionals,” said Dr. Valora Washington, Ph.D. and CEO of the Council. “That’s why we’re taking our story across America. We want parents, educators and policy makers to recognize the value of the CDA® credential which establishes a baseline standard of core competencies for all early childhood educators, regardless of where they reside,” Washington continued. “A teacher with a CDA® is the best-prepared to teach our most precious resources, our children,” she said.

To date, over 800,000 CDA’s® have been issued in the U.S., Panama, Egypt, China and the U.A.E.

The tour is sponsored by ProSolutions Training, which offers CDA training for the CDA® credential. The company’s president, Carla Rogg, said, “When a teacher takes courses with us, she gets the benefit of extensive topic research and interactive technologies. Skilled teachers grow their careers and support the future generation’s well-being. Our goal is to continue inspiring potential and making a difference in the lives of children!”

As research continues to drive home that children receiving quality early childhood education fare better in life, and more states recognize the value of investing in preschool programs, the field will require more and better-qualified teachers.

The Council will travel to seven cities to offer more information about earning a CDA®. They are:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma – February 27, 2020
    SECA Conference
  • Sandusky, Ohio – April 24, 2020
    OHAEYC Annual Conference
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – May 7-9, 2020
    INAEYC Annual Conference
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico – June 24-25, 2020
    (Location TBA)
  • Orlando, Florida – July 8-10, 2020
    BUILD (QRIS) Conference
  • Leesburg, Virginia – October 13-17, 2020
    EELC Annual Conference
  • Anaheim, California – November 4-7, 2020 2020
    NAEYC Annual Expo

Attendees will have a chance to hear personally from Council CEO Dr. Valora Washington and our specialist staff representatives, ask questions, and take home literature with more information.

For more information on the CDA® credential, click here.

For a fact sheet on the CDA®, click here.

For Dr. Valora Washington’s bio, click here.

For a video message from Dr. Washington, click here.


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero 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


ProSolutions Training provides online training to help early learning professionals in promoting the healthy growth and development for children. ProSolutions Training hosts and delivers high-quality, engaging professional development opportunities through its proprietary learning management system.

ProSolutions Training offers educators a 120-hour online CDA Training. This curriculum meets the education requirement for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™. The CDA Training also includes additional resources to help with navigating the CDA process. Additionally, a 45-hour curriculum for CDA Renewal Training is available. ProSolutions Training received the Council’s CDA® Gold Standard Training Certification which reflects the quality of online coursework and support services provided. Training courses received acceptance nationwide. All courses completed earn IACET continuing education units (CEUs) and printable certificates. All courses include pre- and post-test, interactive games, videos, audio, and more. Real-world examples of how to apply lessons are also used throughout each course. For more information, visit or call 800-939-9694.


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