Ethiopian children, families in the Nation’s Capital benefit from Early Childhood Educators who’ve earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

March 9, 2020
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March 9, 2020
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Adam Shapiro

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Residents of Ethiopian descent in the greater Washington, D.C.-region have a new reason for pride; 29 early childhood educators in the community have become the first to earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ in their native language.

The Council for Professional Recognition’s CDA is recognized as the standard global competency in early childhood education. The Council believes it’s a vital credential that educators must have to position children for success as they approach kindergarten. The CDA is the only competency-based credential that is portable, as it’s globally recognized.

The accomplishment means these D.C. early childhood educators earned their CDA in their native Amharic language; the nation’s capital region is home to the largest Ethiopian population in the U.S.

D.C.’s CentroNía spearheaded the initiative; it’s an award-winning educational organization that provides affordable, quality early childhood education; professional development to educators; and family support services in a bilingual and multicultural environment to thousands of underserved children and families.

Dr. Valora Washington, president of the Council, says, “This cohort of early childhood educators joins 800,000 others who have a CDA credential and have been certified as mastering the skills and attained the knowledge necessary to support a child’s emotional, physical, intellectual and social development. The Council requires a deep commitment from CDA candidates — including 120 hours of training and 480 hours of supervised classroom experience — ensuring that educators are providing children with a strong and safe learning environment. Congratulations to this wonderful group of educators and to the CentroNía’s Child Development Associate Training Program.”


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


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