Council for Professional Recognition Partnership with the National Workforce Registry Alliance Grows to Nine States, More on the Way

July 9, 2024
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July 9, 2024
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition is proud to highlight that its collaboration with the National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA) is now reaching Child Development Associate® credential-holders in nine states, with additional states in the pipeline.

Fourteen months ago, the Council and NWRA launched a convenient way for CDA® candidates and credential holders to verify their training hours. The initiative also allows CDA candidates and credential holders to more easily learn about professional development, quality initiatives, opportunities for growth and professional advancement, as well as seamlessly track and report their career progression.

The states that allow CDA candidates and credential holders to participate by documenting and verifying their training for assessment and renewal are: Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, says, “I know from talking to our CDA-holders that they really appreciate this opportunity with the National Workforce Registry Alliance that’s created a convenient place for CDA aspirants and credential holders to verify what they’ve accomplished. This initiative is truly delivering on our promise to create a CDA assessment system that’s more efficient for all stakeholders. We’re excited that CDA-holders are joining the nearly 2 million members of the early childhood education workforce who already participate in registries that work with NWRA.”

Judith Santmire, Interim CEO of the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA), says, “Across the country, we see this effort is so effective. For instance, in Ohio, we’ve been elevating the Council and Workforce Registry conversation for some time. We’re excited to continue to see the progress with the Council- NWRA partnership. Indeed, this is a natural relationship to strengthen the early childhood workforce.”

Dr. Kimberlee Belcher-Badal, executive director of NWRA, says, “Thank you to the Council for Professional Recognition, Dr. Moore and his leadership team and all the CDA-holders who’ve made this first year a success. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a crucial stepping stone to career advancement in early childhood education. This partnership just makes sense and we’re excited about the additional states we’ll be announcing soon, so stay tuned!”

The arrangement also allows the Council to improve the recruitment, availability and accessibility of CDA Professional Development Specialists (PDS), who use their early childhood education expertise to assess CDA candidates’ competencies and facilitate reflective conversations with the candidates.


The Council for Professional Recognition advances career pathways for early childhood educators through high-quality, competency-based credentialing. 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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