The Council for Professional Recognition is sharing its messages across the country as it marks the 45th anniversary of the Child Development Associate® credential. Radio listeners have heard directly from Dr. Valora Washington, Ph.D. and CEO of the Council, as stations have aired interviews with her.
WIBC-FM in Indianapolis hosted Washington and she explained how the CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping- stone on the path to career advancement in the field.
“The time has come for early childhood educators to get the recognition they deserve as professionals,” she said. “We want parents, educators and policy makers to recognize the value of the CDA credential, which establishes a baseline standard of core competencies for all early childhood educators, regardless of where they reside. A teacher with a CDA is the best-prepared to teach our most precious resources, our children.”
Radio listeners in Los Angles, Philadelphia, Cleveland and other communities have heard similar interviews as the Council has reached out to share its perspective. On the radio in El Paso, Texas, Washington explained that there are many scholarships available in that state and other states to help early childcare educators receive the CDA.
To date, the Council has issued over 800,000 CDAs the U.S., Panama, Egypt, China and the U.A.E.