Council for Professional Recognition Says Dr. Bernadine Futrell is the Right Person to Lead Office of Head Start as Early Education Confronts Challenges

February 25, 2021
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February 25, 2021
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON — The Council for Professional Recognition joins the early childhood education community in praising Dr. Bernadine Futrell for her commitment to underserved children as she begins her role leading the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Futrell is an accomplished leader with impressive experiences, beginning at the earliest stage possible when she attended Head Start as a child; much later she served as an assistant Head Start teacher. Most recently Futrell was the National Head Start Association’s senior director for effective practice.

“The Council, which administers and issues the Child Development Associate (CDA®) credential, has an important connection to the Office of Head Start. We know many thousands of Head Start teachers continue to benefit from studying for and working toward their CDA. With Dr. Futrell’s leadership, we’re confident that link will remain strong and grow. This is especially important right now as we all must come together to deal with the many challenges caused by the pandemic,” says Dr. Calvin E. Moore. Jr, the CEO of the Council.


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 800,000 CDA credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


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