NBC’s Craig Melvin Congratulates All Who Hold the Child Development Associate® Credential During its 45th Anniversary

October 2, 2020
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October 2, 2020
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Usma Mohamed

WASHINGTON, DCCraig Melvin, news anchor for TODAY, co-host of 3rd hour of TODAY and anchor on MSNBC Live, recorded a video to mark the 45th anniversary of the Child Development Associate® Credential (CDA), administered by the nonprofit Council for Professional Recognition. The credential is a key stepping stone for career advancement in early childhood education.

In his comments to the CDA community, Melvin says:


“Here’s one good thing that has come out of the COVID-19 situation: I think really for the first time in our country we are finally appreciating all the hard work and dedication of our early childhood educators. We are finally understanding how important they are—to our children, to our families, and to the economy.

And hat’s off to CEO Dr. Calvin Moore, the first leader of your organization to also hold a CDA. He really walks the walk. And I like his idea of encouraging more men to become early educators. We can do this! Most of all, I’m so impressed that the Child Development Associate credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in the field.

For 45 years the CDA has been based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.

Over 800,0000 CDAs have been issued to date and I have a feeling you’re going to hit one million in no time!”

Dr. Moore says, “We thank Craig for this wonderful recognition of everything the CDA community has accomplished over the past 45 years. He’s a welcome presence on all of our TV and computer screens and his comments bolster our efforts to do even more to make the early education sector stronger.”


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 child care 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 www.cdacouncil.org.


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