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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11/28/2021

The countdown is on! ⏰ Our big #CyberMonday sale begins TOMORROW with 20% off all publications! 📚

Use promo code CYBERCDA21 to secure your discount. 🛒👍

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Congratulations, Rafaela! 🎉 We're cheering you on in your career in early childhood education, and we're thrilled to cel...
11/27/2021

Congratulations, Rafaela! 🎉 We're cheering you on in your career in early childhood education, and we're thrilled to celebrate your achievement in earning your Family Child Care CDA®. 🙌

Please join us in welcoming Rafaela to our CDA® family! 👋 #MyCDA

Congratulations, Rafaela! 🎉 We're cheering you on in your career in early childhood education, and we're thrilled to celebrate your achievement in earning your Family Child Care CDA®. 🙌

Please join us in welcoming Rafaela to our CDA® family! 👋 #MyCDA

Has your CDA® expired? 📃 Applications for CDA® Renewal Amnesty are only open until 12/31/21- don't miss it! ⌛Get your qu...
11/26/2021

Has your CDA® expired? 📃 Applications for CDA® Renewal Amnesty are only open until 12/31/21- don't miss it! ⌛

Get your questions answered on during our webinar on Renewal Requirements & the Renewal Amnesty Program on 12/1/21. 🙋

Register here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/ks4a50GUriw

Has your CDA® expired? 📃 Applications for CDA® Renewal Amnesty are only open until 12/31/21- don't miss it! ⌛

Get your questions answered on during our webinar on Renewal Requirements & the Renewal Amnesty Program on 12/1/21. 🙋

Register here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/ks4a50GUriw

Conference season has begun, and the Council is en route to you! 🚌 We hope to see you on the road or online, so take a p...
11/26/2021
On the Road with the Council - CDA Council

Conference season has begun, and the Council is en route to you! 🚌 We hope to see you on the road or online, so take a peek at upcoming events here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/4GrN50GTQAm

Conference season has begun, and the Council is en route to you. We encourage you to take a look at the list of events below—and we ...

Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving today or enjoying time with your family and community, we wish you a day full of...
11/25/2021

Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving today or enjoying time with your family and community, we wish you a day full of fun, joy and laughter! 🍂🏡

Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving today or enjoying time with your family and community, we wish you a day full of fun, joy and laughter! 🍂🏡

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow (11/25) and Friday (11/26) in commemoration of the Than...
11/24/2021

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow (11/25) and Friday (11/26) in commemoration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our candidate support team will respond to queries upon return from the holiday. 🍁🍂

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow (11/25) and Friday (11/26) in commemoration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our candidate support team will respond to queries upon return from the holiday. 🍁🍂

When you help children build their sense of self, you help them develop healthy self-esteem & take on challenges. 💪 Help...
11/24/2021

When you help children build their sense of self, you help them develop healthy self-esteem & take on challenges. 💪

Help children appreciate the characteristics that define them & support them in valuing who they are as members of families, cultural groups & more. 🌏

📚 Source: The Essentials for Working with Young Children, 2nd Ed.

When you help children build their sense of self, you help them develop healthy self-esteem & take on challenges. 💪

Help children appreciate the characteristics that define them & support them in valuing who they are as members of families, cultural groups & more. 🌏

📚 Source: The Essentials for Working with Young Children, 2nd Ed.

11/23/2021

"Educators are looking for tools and looking for answers...but they don't realize that the answer is in the mirror. The answer is in themselves." - Steve Zwolak, LUME Institute & University City Children's Center CEO

🎥 Watch the full interview now to be inspired by EELC keynote speaker Steve Zwolak's work and wisdom.

Last month, we convened national & international leaders, policymakers, ECE professionals, higher ed. institutions & tra...
11/23/2021
Sold Out Early Childhood Education Conference in Leesburg Refreshes, Motivates and Inspires Attendees - CDA Council

Last month, we convened national & international leaders, policymakers, ECE professionals, higher ed. institutions & training organizations for the sold-out 2021 EELC. ✈️💡

We're grateful to our sponsors and attendees for embracing this season as a time for resilience, renewal & reform.

http://ow.ly/W7KT50GTJBo

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 ...

The 2022 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) will be held at the Renaissance at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida— a...
11/23/2021

The 2022 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) will be held at the Renaissance at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida— and we can't wait to see you there! 🌴🐬

Learn more & register for "EELC 2022: Leading Career Pathways to Equity": ↪️ http://ow.ly/Uabp50GTtgV

The 2022 Early Educators Leadership Conference (EELC) will be held at the Renaissance at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida— and we can't wait to see you there! 🌴🐬

Learn more & register for "EELC 2022: Leading Career Pathways to Equity": ↪️ http://ow.ly/Uabp50GTtgV

The #BuildBackBetterAct commits $400 billion to critical investments in #earlychildhoodeducation. So, what's in the bill...
11/22/2021
Universal preschool and affordable child care: What survives in Biden’s spending bill

The #BuildBackBetterAct commits $400 billion to critical investments in #earlychildhoodeducation. So, what's in the bill? ⬇️

💰 Higher pay for child care professionals
📚 Increased training opportunities for early educators
👶 Affordable #childcare for families
🎒 Universal #PreK for children

Experts anticipate that this groundbreaking legislation, now headed to the Senate, will increase equity and narrow opportunity gaps for children across the U.S. 🍎

http://ow.ly/hhg450GTnOx

The $2 trillion House-passed social policy bill includes about $400 billion earmarked for universal preschool and affordable child care and an extension of the child tax credit.

The application deadline for CDA® Renewal Amnesty is coming soon! ⌛☑️ Apply now for Renewal Amnesty: http://ow.ly/WTZ850...
11/21/2021

The application deadline for CDA® Renewal Amnesty is coming soon! ⌛

☑️ Apply now for Renewal Amnesty: http://ow.ly/WTZ850GSeFK

☑️ Or join our webinar on 12/1 to learn more: http://ow.ly/79S750GSeGn

🗓️ Apply by 12/31/21.

The application deadline for CDA® Renewal Amnesty is coming soon! ⌛

☑️ Apply now for Renewal Amnesty: http://ow.ly/WTZ850GSeFK

☑️ Or join our webinar on 12/1 to learn more: http://ow.ly/79S750GSeGn

🗓️ Apply by 12/31/21.

Congratulations, ladies! We are thrilled to celebrate two of the newest members of the CDA® family: Ms. Viviana & Ms. Ya...
11/20/2021

Congratulations, ladies! We are thrilled to celebrate two of the newest members of the CDA® family: Ms. Viviana & Ms. Yasmeen. 🎉 Please join us in wishing them well on their early education journey! 🙌 #MyCDA

📸 Train Bright

Congratulations, ladies! We are thrilled to celebrate two of the newest members of the CDA® family: Ms. Viviana & Ms. Yasmeen. 🎉 Please join us in wishing them well on their early education journey! 🙌 #MyCDA

📸 Train Bright

Don't miss the chance to let your voice be heard! 📣 Share your thoughts on the state of #childcare today in HiMama's ann...
11/19/2021
2021 Child Care Benchmark Survey

Don't miss the chance to let your voice be heard! 📣 Share your thoughts on the state of #childcare today in HiMama's annual benchmark survey. 📝

↪️ http://ow.ly/J8lS50GS88e

Take the 6th annual Benchmark Survey to help create a snapshot of this unprecedented year.

The CDA Council applauds the House's passage of the Build Back Better Act. 👏This historic investment in #ECE will provid...
11/19/2021

The CDA Council applauds the House's passage of the Build Back Better Act. 👏

This historic investment in #ECE will provide critically needed resources by supporting access to universal #PreK, affordable #childcare & increased wages for early educators.

We call on the Senate to act swiftly and maintain the strength of the early care and education provisions in the House version of the #BuildBackBetter Act. 📜

http://ow.ly/rXMV50GS5yP

The CDA Council applauds the House's passage of the Build Back Better Act. 👏

This historic investment in #ECE will provide critically needed resources by supporting access to universal #PreK, affordable #childcare & increased wages for early educators.

We call on the Senate to act swiftly and maintain the strength of the early care and education provisions in the House version of the #BuildBackBetter Act. 📜

http://ow.ly/rXMV50GS5yP

We're on the brink of much-needed changes to US #childcare and #PreK. 👶 This year, we could see opportunities open for m...
11/18/2021

We're on the brink of much-needed changes to US #childcare and #PreK. 👶 This year, we could see opportunities open for millions of children, providers, teachers and families.

But how can we meet the long-awaited moment? 🤔

Learn more in this month's "A Moment with Dr. Moore": ↪️
http://ow.ly/78Hv50GRtgb

We're on the brink of much-needed changes to US #childcare and #PreK. 👶 This year, we could see opportunities open for millions of children, providers, teachers and families.

But how can we meet the long-awaited moment? 🤔

Learn more in this month's "A Moment with Dr. Moore": ↪️
http://ow.ly/78Hv50GRtgb

Did you know that children's physical activity leads to increased attention spans, reduced stress and more❓ 🤸‍♀️As an ea...
11/18/2021

Did you know that children's physical activity leads to increased attention spans, reduced stress and more❓ 🤸‍♀️

As an early educator, you can promote physical development by giving children changes to use their muscles, build their coordination & enjoy active play with peers.

#ChildDevelopmentAssociate #ECE

Did you know that children's physical activity leads to increased attention spans, reduced stress and more❓ 🤸‍♀️

As an early educator, you can promote physical development by giving children changes to use their muscles, build their coordination & enjoy active play with peers.

#ChildDevelopmentAssociate #ECE

Eager to learn about the CUNY School of Professional Studies CDA® program? 🗽 Get started at our CAN Higher Ed Consortium...
11/18/2021

Eager to learn about the CUNY School of Professional Studies CDA® program? 🗽

Get started at our CAN Higher Ed Consortium webinar this Friday 11/19, featuring the school's Director of Career Development, Claudine Campanelli, Ed.D. See you there! 👋

Register here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/SFYJ50GQ6rG

Eager to learn about the CUNY School of Professional Studies CDA® program? 🗽

Get started at our CAN Higher Ed Consortium webinar this Friday 11/19, featuring the school's Director of Career Development, Claudine Campanelli, Ed.D. See you there! 👋

Register here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/SFYJ50GQ6rG

Thank you to all who applied to become a CDA Professional Development Specialist™ during the last application cycle, end...
11/17/2021

Thank you to all who applied to become a CDA Professional Development Specialist™ during the last application cycle, ending 11/15/21. 🙌

Now is the time to prepare to apply in the next round, beginning January 1! 📅

Learn more here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/gpWK50GQ4Bz

Thank you to all who applied to become a CDA Professional Development Specialist™ during the last application cycle, ending 11/15/21. 🙌

Now is the time to prepare to apply in the next round, beginning January 1! 📅

Learn more here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/gpWK50GQ4Bz

What's coming in the next chapter of PreK & child care in the US?Peer into the past and peek into the potential future i...
11/17/2021
Breaking Down the Early Childhood Crisis — and What Might Be Done About It - EdSurge News

What's coming in the next chapter of PreK & child care in the US?

Peer into the past and peek into the potential future in EdSurge's conversation with the author of "Crawling Behind: America’s Childcare Crisis and How to Fix It.” ⬇️

http://ow.ly/Lpuo50GPWh6 #Childcare #ECE #PreK

Early childhood education in America is on the cusp of an historic overhaul. A law pending in Congress would help support free, universal pre-K for ...

11/16/2021

At our annual Early Educators Leadership Conference, we had the opportunity to sit down with the Gates Foundation Early Learning-US Program's Deputy Director, Dr. Marquita Davis, who shared what inspires her as she looks toward the future of #ECE. 💡

"What most excites me... is this opportunity to re-imagine assessments...to center equity and to understand the full developmental spectrum of a child...and to be intentional about the children we aim to serve." 📚

Child care directors and owners, let your voice be heard! 📣 Complete the HiMama survey for the 2021-2022 Benchmark Repor...
11/16/2021
2021 Child Care Benchmark Survey

Child care directors and owners, let your voice be heard! 📣

Complete the HiMama survey for the 2021-2022 Benchmark Report to share your experience with #ECE today. ↪️ http://ow.ly/GFRN50GOSAb #ECEbenchmark

Take the 6th annual Benchmark Survey to help create a snapshot of this unprecedented year.

It's official! 🥁 We're thrilled to share that the Council board has formally announced Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., erstwhi...
11/15/2021

It's official! 🥁 We're thrilled to share that the Council board has formally announced Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., erstwhile Interim CEO, as the Council's Chief Executive Officer. 📃

Board president Linda Hassan Anderson writes: "Dr. Moore has proven himself to be a perfect fit for this role as he’s elevated maintaining equitable access to the CDA® credential."

Please join us in celebrating a new chapter in the CDA®'s storied history as we welcome Dr. Moore as the Council's official CEO. 🎉

http://ow.ly/WrOR50GO4Wa

It's official! 🥁 We're thrilled to share that the Council board has formally announced Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., erstwhile Interim CEO, as the Council's Chief Executive Officer. 📃

Board president Linda Hassan Anderson writes: "Dr. Moore has proven himself to be a perfect fit for this role as he’s elevated maintaining equitable access to the CDA® credential."

Please join us in celebrating a new chapter in the CDA®'s storied history as we welcome Dr. Moore as the Council's official CEO. 🎉

http://ow.ly/WrOR50GO4Wa

This week, the CDC updated safety guidelines for early childhood programs. The Council supports following CDC guidance t...
11/15/2021

This week, the CDC updated safety guidelines for early childhood programs. The Council supports following CDC guidance to keep teachers, children and families healthy. 💪

See the latest updates here: http://ow.ly/g2Fp50GNFCp

This week, the CDC updated safety guidelines for early childhood programs. The Council supports following CDC guidance to keep teachers, children and families healthy. 💪

See the latest updates here: http://ow.ly/g2Fp50GNFCp

This week, we're celebrating a photo from the archives. 🎞️Congratulations to Ivonne, who earned her Child Development As...
11/13/2021

This week, we're celebrating a photo from the archives. 🎞️Congratulations to Ivonne, who earned her Child Development Associate® Credential in 2017! 🙌 We're so proud of your commitment to our world's youngest learners. 👏👏👏 #MyCDA

This week, we're celebrating a photo from the archives. 🎞️Congratulations to Ivonne, who earned her Child Development Associate® Credential in 2017! 🙌 We're so proud of your commitment to our world's youngest learners. 👏👏👏 #MyCDA

The year Kathy won DC #TeacheroftheYear was one of the rockiest in her life. "My sister’s husband died, my father was br...
11/12/2021

The year Kathy won DC #TeacheroftheYear was one of the rockiest in her life. "My sister’s husband died, my father was brutally assaulted...and my son was in the hospital for a week. Yet my principal put me up for the honor." 🏆 #ECE

Hear her story: ↪️ http://ow.ly/ft6x50GMFqu

The year Kathy won DC #TeacheroftheYear was one of the rockiest in her life. "My sister’s husband died, my father was brutally assaulted...and my son was in the hospital for a week. Yet my principal put me up for the honor." 🏆 #ECE

Hear her story: ↪️ http://ow.ly/ft6x50GMFqu

Today we honor all those who have served selflessly and bravely for the benefit of others. ⭐ #VeteransDay2021
11/11/2021

Today we honor all those who have served selflessly and bravely for the benefit of others. ⭐ #VeteransDay2021

Today we honor all those who have served selflessly and bravely for the benefit of others. ⭐ #VeteransDay2021

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow, 11/11/21 in commemoration of #VeteransDay. 🗽
11/11/2021

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow, 11/11/21 in commemoration of #VeteransDay. 🗽

The Council for Professional Recognition will be closed tomorrow, 11/11/21 in commemoration of #VeteransDay. 🗽

When you create strong bonds with children, you make children feel safe and secure, help them form relationships with pe...
11/10/2021

When you create strong bonds with children, you make children feel safe and secure, help them form relationships with peers and other adults and give them the confidence to take risks and solve problems. 👶 #ChildDevelopmentAssociate

When you create strong bonds with children, you make children feel safe and secure, help them form relationships with peers and other adults and give them the confidence to take risks and solve problems. 👶 #ChildDevelopmentAssociate

11/10/2021

“In Maryland, CDA® funding is available right now. Take that opportunity.” 💰

Dr. Sonia Pruneda-Hernadez, Montgomery College Early Education Chair, urges all directors and teachers to apply NOW to receive funding to earn the CDA®.

Don’t miss the chance to earn a credential that is:
☑️ Globally recognized 🌏
☑️ Portable ✈️
☑️ At no application cost to you! 💵

Funding is available for a limited time. ⌛ Apply today: http://ow.ly/p1Uy50GJTbI

When it comes to the big questions of our time, what makes the CDA® perspective unique? 💡  In the final episode of #Coun...
11/09/2021
"What makes the CDA® perspective unique?" with Dr. Carol Brunson Day

When it comes to the big questions of our time, what makes the CDA® perspective unique? 💡 In the final episode of #CounciLIVE2021, Dr. Carol Brunson Day shares what CDA®s bring to the most pressing topics in #ECE today. 🎥↪️ http://ow.ly/vBXn50GJLke

In the final episode of the CounciLIVE 2021 series, Dr. Carol Brunson Day, Council for Professional Distinguished Fellow, speaks on the vision of CounciLIVE:...

11/09/2021

Don't miss out on CDA® Renewal Amnesty! Renew your expired CDA® before the limited-time amnesty program ends on 12/31/21.

Learn how to apply today: ↪️ http://ow.ly/fIBc50GEGxS

Did you know that opportunities for child-initiated and child-directed play is a critical feature of developmentally app...
11/07/2021

Did you know that opportunities for child-initiated and child-directed play is a critical feature of developmentally appropriate early childhood settings? 💡 As early educators and family members, we can also enter children's play to scaffold their learning. 🧠 #ChildDevelopment

Did you know that opportunities for child-initiated and child-directed play is a critical feature of developmentally appropriate early childhood settings? 💡 As early educators and family members, we can also enter children's play to scaffold their learning. 🧠 #ChildDevelopment

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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.