SPONSORED BLOG Whether you’re just starting out in the early childhood field, or you’ve been teaching for years, chances are you’ve heard the term CDA at least a few times. The Child Development Associate® (CDA)...
November 15, 2021
LEESBURG, V.A. — The Council for Professional Recognition, the leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide, convened national and international leaders, policymakers, early childhood professionals, higher education institutions and early childhood training organizations for another sold out 2021 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC).
After the conference was postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Council for Professional Recognition’s leadership approached 2021 with a new vision and focus on Shaping the Future: A Time for Resilience, Renewal and Reform. Council CEO, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. stated in his letter to attendees, “Our field is striving to return to normal after some very trying times. We have been tested—and we’ve shown our resilience. Now it’s time for renewal and reform.”
The 2021 EELC boasted more than 200 registrants, 20+ professional development sessions, networking opportunities and special events, 30+ keynote speakers and presenters and 17 sponsors. The conference design focused not only on the needs of the early childhood education field at large, but also the individual. Professional development, networking and wellness are recurring key components at every EELC conference. This year’s Health and Wellness Program offered attendees a holistic approach to their total well-being and self-care.
The 2021 EELC was made possible by our Gold Sponsors: Childcare Education Institute, ChildWise, Exchange, Inc., Foundation for Child Development, Learning Care Group, Inc., National Association for the Education of Young Children, Silver Sponsors: Bright Horizons, Continued® and ProSolutions Training. We appreciate the investment of all the 2021 EELC sponsors. Their invaluable commitment to the early childhood education field and the Council for Professional Recognition has made a positive impact on the future of early childhood education.
Looking ahead at 2022, EELC will explore the theme Leading Career Pathways to Equity, by taking an in-depth look at building systems, policies and career pathways to place our industry on the path towards equity in the classroom and the workplace.
For more information about the 2022 Early Educators Leadership Conference, visit www.cdacouncil.org/eelc.
ABOUT THE COUNCIL FOR PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
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 www.cdacouncil.org.
ABOUT BRIGHT HORIZONS
Bright Horizons® is a leading global provider of high-quality early education and child care, back-up care, and workforce education services. For more than 30 years, we have partnered with employers to support workforces by providing services that help working families and employees thrive personally and professionally. Bright Horizons operates approximately 1,000 early education and child care centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and India, and serves more than 1,300 of the world’s leading employers. Bright Horizons’ early education and child care centers, back-up child and elder care, and workforce education programs help employees succeed at each life and career stage. For more information, go to www.brighthorizons.com.
ABOUT CHILDCARE EDUCATION INSTITUTE
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. Over 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), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). www.cceionline.edu
ChildWise is dedicated to building a high-quality bilingual CDA (Chinese & English) training program and consulting solutions for early childhood educators, institutions and families in China and the U.S. Chinese American community. We have been working diligently to advocate for the advancement of ECE in China and the U.S.
ChildWise, founded in 2017, is headquartered in Chicago with operating offices in China.
Our Vision is empowering early childhood educators and families for the happy and healthy growth of children.
Our Mission is providing high-quality bilingual (English & Chinese) CDA training for teachers and early childhood education training for families.
With the help of leading experts in the field of early childhood education (ECE), ChildWise has developed a bilingual, current Childhood Development Associate (CDA) Credential training program. www.childwiseintl.com/
With more than 20 years of experience, Continued is a leading provider of online continuing education. The company’s mission is to provide an exceptional learning experience that enhances the lives and careers of its members. Continued provides quality, affordable online continuing education courses and resources in multiple professions, including early childhood education. A Continued membership in Early Childhood Education includes access to the entire library of 250+ practical, research-based training courses. That includes CDA courses, which members can take to earn the required clock hours needed to apply for or renew the CDA Credential. www.continued.com/
ABOUT EXCHANGE, INC.
Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.
Since 1978, Exchange Press has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources. www.childcareexchange.com/
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
The Foundation for Child Development helps advocates and policymakers build high-quality, evidence-based early childhood systems that serve the needs of all children. The Foundation identifies needs and fill gaps by connecting research to changes that continuously improve policy and practice to build better lives for young children. www.fcd-us.org
ABOUT LEARNING CARE GROUP, INC.
Learning Care Group is a leader in early childhood education, with more than 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., the company is the second largest for-profit early education and care provider in North America. Learning Care Group provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through ten unique brands: Childtime Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, Pathways Learning Academy, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, U-GRO Learning Centres and Young School. It operates more than 1,000 schools (corporate and franchise) across 38 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a capacity to serve approximately 150,000 children. Learning Care Group supports child development for infants to school-agers through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum in a safe, nurturing, and fun school environment. It empowers children to be ready for school, instills a lifelong love of learning, and provides a foundation for the future. Learning Care Group also offers early education and child care benefit programs for organizations, including onsite locations, as well as tuition benefit and back-up care programs in its community-based schools. For more information, please visit www.learningcaregroup.com
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. www.naeyc.org
ABOUT PROSOLUTIONS TRAINING
ProSolutions Training provides online professional development training for early learning professionals. Our training focuses on promoting the healthy growth and development of children.
To meet the education requirement for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™, ProSolutions Training offers educators a 120-hour online CDA Training. The CDA Training program includes resources to help with navigating the CDA process. Additionally, a 45-hour curriculum for CDA Renewal Training is available.
ProSolutions Training received the Council’s CDA® Gold Standard Training Certification. This represents the quality of online coursework, and the support services provided.
Training courses received acceptance nationwide. All courses completed earn IACET continuing education units (CEUs) and printable certificates. Courses include pre- and post-test, interactive games, videos, audio, and more. Real-world examples of how to apply lessons are also used throughout each course.
For more information, visit prosolutionstraining.com or call 800-939-9694.
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