International Conference in Atlanta aims to transform Early Childhood Care and Education

October 9, 2019
For Immediate Release :
October 9, 2019
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Maria Enie
Vanguard Communications

Industry Leaders Gather to Advance Competency, Capacity and Career Pathways for Educators

ATLANTA, Ga.—The Council for Professional Recognition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit leader in the early childhood care and education arena, kicks off its sold-out 2019 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) today just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

EELC is an annual early childhood education conference hosted by the Council that convenes national and international leaders, policymakers, early childhood professionals, higher education institutions, and early childhood training organizations with the goal of unifying and inspiring the early childhood education (ECE) workforce, elevating educational leaders, and fostering professional development.

“Quality early childhood care and education help the workforce of today and tomorrow, yet demand exceeds supply as families face skyrocketing costs,” said Council CEO Valora Washington, Ph.D. “This conference is about creating change—we must come together to use advocacy, innovation and policy change to guarantee high-quality, affordable and accessible child care for all.”

Over the next three days, the 2019 EELC will offer expert speakers, panelists and innovative special events with the goal of advancing the professionalism and recognition of early childhood educators and caregivers. The conference also presents an important opportunity to make the voices of ECE professionals heard and to rally behind them to help achieve the equity, compensation and career opportunities they deserve.

The 2019 EELC, which runs through Friday, Oct. 11, will feature a varied lineup of speakers, including:

  • Dr. Valora Washington, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition;
  • Judy Jablon, executive director of Leading for Children;
  • Milton J. Little, Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta; and
  • Edward Terry, mayor of Clarkston, Georgia.

The 2019 EELC was made possible by Gold Sponsors Teachstone®, Foundation for Child Development and Learning Care Group, Inc., as well as Silver Sponsors ProSolutions Training, ChildCare Education Institute, ChinaWise and Badr University in Cairo.

For more information about the 2019 Early Educators Leadership Conference, visit


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero to five years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings—Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care and home visitor programs. As a nonprofit organization, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing and publishes industry-leading training books and workbooks, including its CDA Competency Standards and the Essentials for Working with Young Children textbook and workbook (2nd edition), all of which are available in English and Spanish.


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The Foundation for Child Development is a national private philanthropy based in New York City that supports research to help researchers, policymakers and advocates develop high-quality, evidence-based early childhood systems to serve the needs of all children. The Foundation focuses on identifying areas of children’s well-being where there is little to no research in order to fill those gaps, build new fields of knowledge, and promote policies and practices that improve the lives of young children and their families.


Learning Care Group is a leader in early child education, with more than 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, the company provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through seven unique brands: Childtime Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. It operates more than 900 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a capacity to serve more than 130,000 children. Learning Care Group’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. For more information, please visit


ProSolutions Training (PST) offers more than 100 individual online courses, multi-course packages and certificates in early care and education subject areas. These online courses help fulfill professional development requirements with convenient training options. Our child care training coursework is skills-based and encourages students to reflect on their own individual teaching or professional style, transferring the knowledge they gain to their individual work settings. PST has also been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET CEUs to students at no additional cost.


ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. More than 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).


ChinaWise is a leading business advisory firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to help North American and Chinese enterprises conduct business with each other, regardless of currency, cultural or location differences. ChinaWise has been facilitating these businesses and cultural exchanges between China and the United States for more than 15 years. In addition to direct engagement with individual client companies, ChinaWise promotes cross-border knowledge sharing and an exchange of best practices through organizing various events such as business conferences, field visits, educational seminars and training programs.


Since its inception, Badr University in Cairo (BUC) has had a strong vision to become among the leaders of higher education in Egypt and the region, and later on in the world. This vision has guided BUC throughout all stages of development and has become its guiding beacon. BUC’s main objective is to ensure that its students are well-prepared for the challenges that lie ahead in a rapidly changing world. BUC invites you to explore its website so that you may discover more about the university and the quality educational programs and activities it offers to students.


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