Dr. Valora Washington announces decision to resign as CEO; Council Board plans transition to build on successes

April 10, 2020
For Immediate Release :
April 10, 2020
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for Professional Recognition announces that CEO Dr. Valora Washington has made a personal decision to resign. The governing board congratulates her and is grateful for her lifelong commitment to early childhood education and especially for her decade-long service leading the Council. The Council’s mission is to promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education sector.

The Council’s Board of Directors is committed to a smooth transition and appreciates that Dr. Washington will continue to assist with this transition. Members of the Council’s senior executive team will also be assisting with this transition. The search for a replacement is expected to take as long as six months.

“Dr. Washington has been a strong, guiding force for the Council and has prepared us well for the next level of success and growth, and we remain grateful for her many contributions,” says Linda Hassan Anderson, president of the Board of Directors.

“It’s been a great privilege and honor to advance the organization in so many significant ways. It has been particularly inspiring to serve those who have pursued and hold the Child Development Associate Credential and to expand the reach of the credential around the world,” says Dr. Washington. “I realize we’re all challenged on multiple levels at this time given the pandemic, but I’m confident our very gifted staff members will excel as they always have in their important roles.”

During Dr. Washington’s tenure, the Council has significantly increased the number of Child Development Associate® Credential and renewals and started offering online assessments. She is considered a pioneer in early education, having been named as a Legacy Leader by the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) for having shaped the early childhood education field, having a unique perspective on the history and context of today’s policy initiatives, and for developing strategies to address the issues that impact child outcomes. Dr. Washington has authored over 50 publications including “Children of 2010” and “Children of 2020.” She has also co-authored “Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices – 12 Years Later,” “The New Early Childhood Professional,” and “Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional.” Additional information can be found 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 center-based, preschool/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 awarded around the world. For more information, visit www.cdacouncil.org.


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