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CDA Council for Professional Recognition

CDA Council for Professional Recognition We give early childhood teachers the certification (CDA) and support they need to give all young children the quality care and education they deserve.

Over the past 45 years, we have issued over 800,000 CDA credentials. Nonpartisan. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The CDA credential is based on a core set of Competency Standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming

Over the past 45 years, we have issued over 800,000 CDA credentials. Nonpartisan. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The CDA credential is based on a core set of Competency Standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming

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Registration is LIVE! Register now for the 2023 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) held October 4-7 in beautif...
02/02/2023

Registration is LIVE! Register now for the 2023 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) held October 4-7 in beautiful Houston, TX at the Westin Galleria Houston.

>> http://ow.ly/EGEg50MHk1a

Two hours until registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC). Are you ready?Be one of the first to ...
02/01/2023

Two hours until registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC). Are you ready?

Be one of the first to register at 7:30PM! 💃
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The countdown begins! ⏰ Registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) goes live TONIGHT at 7:30PM.Th...
02/01/2023

The countdown begins! ⏰ Registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) goes live TONIGHT at 7:30PM.

This year's theme is Inspire, Innovate, Impact: The Future is Early Childhood. Join us in Houston, TX at The Westin Galleria Houston from October 4-7 to learn best practices, discuss critical industry topics, and engage with other ECE professionals.

Registration is $1250 for single occupancy or $1050 for double occupancy and includes your hotel stay, sessions, meals, and scheduled activities.

Be one of the first to register. See you at 7:30PM!
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Our child care system needs more funding to ensure all families have equitable access to affordable, high-quality care. ...
01/31/2023

Our child care system needs more funding to ensure all families have equitable access to affordable, high-quality care. We hope POTUS will reaffirm his commitment to working families by laying out a plan for child care investments during the address on February 7th.
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Child Care Aware of America

Marylanders: do you know an early childhood educator who's ready to take the next step? The Maryland State Department of...
01/31/2023

Marylanders: do you know an early childhood educator who's ready to take the next step? The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded a grant to cover the costs of credential fees and books, allowing teachers in the state to earn or renew their Child Development Associate® for free. Learn more and apply here: http://ow.ly/hsSt50MFxIW
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01/30/2023

Our January CounciLINK came out last week! Read it here, and subscribe to future newsletters so you don't miss a thing in the coming months! https://conta.cc/3kG4Vcp
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Registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) goes live on Wednesday, February 1st.This year's theme...
01/30/2023

Registration for our Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) goes live on Wednesday, February 1st.

This year's theme is Inspire, Innovate, Impact: The Future is Early Childhood. Join us in Houston, TX at The Westin Galleria Houston from October 4-7 to learn best practices, discuss critical industry topics, and engage with other ECE professionals.

Registration is $1250 for single occupancy or $1050 for double occupancy and includes your hotel stay, sessions, meals, and scheduled activities.

We can't wait to see you in Houston!
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In his closing remarks as the Superintendent of Waynesboro Area School District in Pennsylvania, Tod Kline highlights th...
01/29/2023

In his closing remarks as the Superintendent of Waynesboro Area School District in Pennsylvania, Tod Kline highlights the benefits of the high school CDA/CTE program and how their new early childhood program has impacted their community. Read more here: http://ow.ly/Jmq550MCn85
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In the growing age of technology, knowing when and how to introduce screen time to your little ones is important. Check ...
01/28/2023

In the growing age of technology, knowing when and how to introduce screen time to your little ones is important. Check out Mayo Clinic's article on tips for introducing screen time, limits for managing usage, and ways to promote digital literacy for young children here: http://ow.ly/onJa50MClWz
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Reading to young children is essential for their cognitive and behavioral development. It is also a fun way for parents ...
01/28/2023

Reading to young children is essential for their cognitive and behavioral development. It is also a fun way for parents to spend time with their children. Check out NAEYC's list of books for infants and toddlers to find a new family favorite: http://ow.ly/cMSH50MCkYy
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A recent Education Week article highlights the benefits of universal preschool and a list of states where it is currentl...
01/27/2023

A recent Education Week article highlights the benefits of universal preschool and a list of states where it is currently offered. Read more here: http://ow.ly/pTUz50MCjyi
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📣 Calling all West Coast Leaders: We want YOU to be a CAN Ambassador!Council Alumni Network (CAN) Regional Ambassadors a...
01/27/2023

📣 Calling all West Coast Leaders: We want YOU to be a CAN Ambassador!

Council Alumni Network (CAN) Regional Ambassadors are early childhood professionals interested in expanding their leadership by providing targeted support as an influencer in their local region. A CAN Regional Ambassador’s primary role is to demonstrate the importance of the CDA® as part of a unifying framework, share best practices related to their work in the ECE field, and promote resources and/or products the Council develops.

Ready to make an impact? Apply today! https://councilcan.org/page/ambassadorprogram
*States currently open for applicants: CA, NV, WA, UT, CO, OR, MT, WY, ID, AK, and HI
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is providing $48 Million in f...
01/25/2023

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is providing $48 Million in funding for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services over the next three years to increase access to childhood care and education. Read more here: http://ow.ly/eVlb50MyYBX
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Are you ready to inspire ECE professionals? Now through March 3rd, submit a proposal to be a speaker at the 2023 Early E...
01/24/2023

Are you ready to inspire ECE professionals? Now through March 3rd, submit a proposal to be a speaker at the 2023 Early Educators Leadership Conference. ✍️ We invite you to share your expertise on educational equity, ECE career pathways, and wellness. 💡Learn more: http://ow.ly/VU8o50Mz5vs
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In a recent article with The Hechinger Report, our CEO, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, highlights what child care workers need fol...
01/24/2023

In a recent article with The Hechinger Report, our CEO, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, highlights what child care workers need following the pandemic: better pay, more respect, and a few good men. Read more here: http://ow.ly/Tj0h50Mz2Ms
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📣 Calling all Maryland ECE Professionals: Did you know you can renew your Child Development Associate® for FREE? Visit t...
01/23/2023

📣 Calling all Maryland ECE Professionals: Did you know you can renew your Child Development Associate® for FREE? Visit the link to learn more and apply for funding today! http://ow.ly/fVMf50MyfZx
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Today's the day! Join us at 2:00 PM ET for the Council Alumni Network's next installation of the CDA Adopt-a-Center Prog...
01/23/2023

Today's the day! Join us at 2:00 PM ET for the Council Alumni Network's next installation of the CDA Adopt-a-Center Program Series. Dr. Cindy Shackelford will discuss funding, including how to gain and where to allocate resources. Register here: https://councilcan.org/events/36142

Not a member of CAN? Sign up to join our professional network of current and former CDAs, sponsors, partners, ECE advocates, and more! https://councilcan.org/page/about-us
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Registration for Colorado's universal preschool program is now LIVE! Watch the interview with Lisa Roy, Executive Direct...
01/20/2023

Registration for Colorado's universal preschool program is now LIVE! Watch the interview with Lisa Roy, Executive Director of the state's Department of Early Childhood Education, on how the program is progressing and why it's essential for families. http://ow.ly/fW6850MwpcB
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Don't forget: CAN is hosting a Wellness Break on January 26th at 2:00 PM ET. Join us for a 10-min mindfulness session. M...
01/20/2023

Don't forget: CAN is hosting a Wellness Break on January 26th at 2:00 PM ET. Join us for a 10-min mindfulness session. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more aware of where you are and what you're doing. It's a chance to center yourself in the present moment without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed with your environment. Find a quiet place to take a mindfulness moment with us! https://councilcan.org/events/36004

Not a member of CAN? Sign up to join our professional network of current and former CDAs, sponsors, partners, ECE advocates, and more! https://councilcan.org/page/about-us
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ZERO TO THREE recently shared a resource on sleep guidelines, backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to ensure yo...
01/19/2023

ZERO TO THREE recently shared a resource on sleep guidelines, backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to ensure your little one's safety. 💤 Read more here: http://ow.ly/kq1k50Mvs7x
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Reminder! Join us on January 23rd at 2:00 PM ET for the Council Alumni Network's next installation of the CDA Adopt-a-Ce...
01/19/2023

Reminder! Join us on January 23rd at 2:00 PM ET for the Council Alumni Network's next installation of the CDA Adopt-a-Center Program Series. Dr. Cindy Shackelford will discuss funding, including how to gain and where to allocate resources. Register today: https://councilcan.org/events/36142

Not a member of CAN? Sign up to join our professional network of current and former CDAs, sponsors, partners, ECE advocates, and more! https://councilcan.org/page/about-us
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I am VERY disappointed in the handling of my renewal. I couldn't apply the grant. Thinking there might've been a small increase, I used my card. The WHOLE COST was charged to my card and the Council WON'T REFUND ME. Basically the attitude was too bad. She wouldn't tell me the name of someone in Finance or the supervisor of the woman on the phone.

Be very careful when renewing. I've NEVER seen such bad customer service.
I cannot seem to register online for application. can you still get a license this year with covid?
What is the application process for second credential? Where are the direction on the website?
When filing for second credential can I use the same log in to your council?
Hi I teach a class that needs to order books through a Corporate Account. We are having difficulty receiving information to confirm the account. Can you direct me to the appropriate person to handle the purchase?
Kindest regards.
Hello, I request permission to post my social media flyer on your profile. I am looking for CDA recipients who earned their credential online to participate in my doctoral research. Please advise. 470-426-2585 [email protected]
I have asked before and been told we are not allowed to do virtual observations at this time. How about observations through a glass door? How would I be able to hear the teacher or check all the material for safety and appropriateness?
I was recently asked to provide a verification visit via Zoom. Is this an acceptable way to proceed?
Is anyone else having issues logging in to the CDA website? It wants to keep my co-worker's log in info and defaults to her info when I or other staff attempt to log in. CDA was no help, they just emailed me my log in info as though I had forgotten it. The issue is with their site, not me. Guessing I'll have to contact them during their work hours to hopefully get it straightened out. Not a great first impression of the site.
I strongly urge the Council to refocus their efforts to build the CDA capacity and continue to market the organization and strengthen quality through a better candidate/ PDS portal system and call center support staff that can remedy issues in a timely manner. The system is extremely difficult to work with. Candidates' employment depends on the efficiency of the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. As a PDS, I've been told that simple issues caused by the new system will take up to 8 weeks to fix- prior to the national pandemic's presence in the US and CDC's guidelines on social distancing. This is simply unacceptable for candidates who work so hard to produce quality work, including the price they pay to earn and maintain the credential..... Simply wanting to be able to support candidates in the field and hoping to be recognized here. Please HELP ASAP, for the sake of the candidates.
My CDA expired in 2009, can I renew it?
Para mi la peor experiencia! Casi un mes esperando que arreglen una información que solo ellos pueden arreglar y ya pasó un mes. Cada vez que llamo (a diario) me dicen que debo esperar una semana.
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