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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Let's talk creativity! 🎨 Discover exciting new classroom ideas with Keisha McClendon & Aaron "Buddy Rhodes," seasoned ed...
09/21/2021

Let's talk creativity! 🎨 Discover exciting new classroom ideas with Keisha McClendon & Aaron "Buddy Rhodes," seasoned educators & CDA® Advisory Committee members! 🎭

Mark your calendar to tune in this Thursday, 9/23 at 1 PM ET on #CounciLIVE. 📆 See you there! 👋

Let's talk creativity! 🎨 Discover exciting new classroom ideas with Keisha McClendon & Aaron "Buddy Rhodes," seasoned educators & CDA® Advisory Committee members! 🎭

Mark your calendar to tune in this Thursday, 9/23 at 1 PM ET on #CounciLIVE. 📆 See you there! 👋

Happy #DogWeek! 🐾 Did you know that research suggests that children with pets show less poor emotional expression and gr...
09/21/2021

Happy #DogWeek! 🐾 Did you know that research suggests that children with pets show less poor emotional expression and greater expression development? 🐕

How did a pet impact your own childhood? 🐶

📚 Source: http://ow.ly/tC2850GdhJa

This Wednesday, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. provides the opening keynote for the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Associ...
09/20/2021

This Wednesday, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. provides the opening keynote for the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association Higher Education Summit. Don't miss it! Register today: ⬇️
http://ow.ly/YdMB50GdhbM

This Wednesday, Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. provides the opening keynote for the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association Higher Education Summit. Don't miss it! Register today: ⬇️
http://ow.ly/YdMB50GdhbM

How can you create an outdoor play space for young children this autumn? 🌻 Discover 10 top ideas from Head Start! ↪️ htt...
09/19/2021

How can you create an outdoor play space for young children this autumn? 🌻 Discover 10 top ideas from Head Start! ↪️ http://ow.ly/RroA50GaEiQ

How can you create an outdoor play space for young children this autumn? 🌻 Discover 10 top ideas from Head Start! ↪️ http://ow.ly/RroA50GaEiQ

Welcome to the CDA® family, Martha! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 We're thrilled to share that Martha Nossa Torres has earned her Infant/Toddle...
09/18/2021

Welcome to the CDA® family, Martha! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 We're thrilled to share that Martha Nossa Torres has earned her Infant/Toddler CDA®. We're so proud of you, Martha! 🎉 #MyCDA

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Welcome to the CDA® family, Martha! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 We're thrilled to share that Martha Nossa Torres has earned her Infant/Toddler CDA®. We're so proud of you, Martha! 🎉 #MyCDA

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Nearly 1 million CDA®s have been issued since the first was awarded 46 years ago. 🎓 Learn how to earn the only competenc...
09/17/2021

Nearly 1 million CDA®s have been issued since the first was awarded 46 years ago. 🎓 Learn how to earn the only competency-based, portable & globally recognized #ECE credential: ↪️ http://ow.ly/qc8650GaHjP

Nearly 1 million CDA®s have been issued since the first was awarded 46 years ago. 🎓 Learn how to earn the only competency-based, portable & globally recognized #ECE credential: ↪️ http://ow.ly/qc8650GaHjP

The number of parents who read with their children has dropped nearly 20% this year. ⤵️📚 Here's what that means for earl...
09/17/2021
Literacy Rates Have Declined Amid The Pandemic

The number of parents who read with their children has dropped nearly 20% this year. ⤵️📚 Here's what that means for early childhood development: http://ow.ly/rksp50G9W5A

Researchers at the Northwest Education Association found literacy gains were 3-6 percent lower in the 2020 to 2021 school year than a typical term.

"¡Felicidades!" to Alma Iris Gonzalez Rodriguez, who has earned her Home Visitor CDA® in Puerto Rico! 🙌🎈 Please join us ...
09/16/2021

"¡Felicidades!" to Alma Iris Gonzalez Rodriguez, who has earned her Home Visitor CDA® in Puerto Rico! 🙌🎈 Please join us in congratulating Alma for her success. 🎉 #MyCDA

"¡Felicidades!" to Alma Iris Gonzalez Rodriguez, who has earned her Home Visitor CDA® in Puerto Rico! 🙌🎈 Please join us in congratulating Alma for her success. 🎉 #MyCDA

Dreaming about taking your next career step? 💭It all starts with networking. 🌐Get connected to who you need to know in #...
09/16/2021

Dreaming about taking your next career step? 💭

It all starts with networking. 🌐

Get connected to who you need to know in #ECE at the virtual "Building Strong Futures" event this October! Learn more: ➡️ http://ow.ly/m3qj50Gbh45

Dreaming about taking your next career step? 💭

It all starts with networking. 🌐

Get connected to who you need to know in #ECE at the virtual "Building Strong Futures" event this October! Learn more: ➡️ http://ow.ly/m3qj50Gbh45

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." ...
09/15/2021

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." 🌱 –Scott Hayden #ECE

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." 🌱 –Scott Hayden #ECE

"What makes the world so exciting is DIFFERENCES. So we need to start honoring those, and make sure we embrace and celeb...
09/14/2021
Creating a Culturally Responsive ECE Workforce, with Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis

"What makes the world so exciting is DIFFERENCES. So we need to start honoring those, and make sure we embrace and celebrate these in our daily activities with children and families." - Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

If you missed the latest CounciLIVE episode, it's not too late to listen! Catch what you missed today: ↪️ http://ow.ly/iLHm50G9STL

This episode of CounciLIVE (aired on 9/9/21) features a conversation with Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis—author, educator development coach, motivational speaker, WIN...

If you want to make a difference in #ECE, you can't miss the chance to NETWORK and BE INSPIRED at Building Strong Future...
09/14/2021
Virtual Experience: Building Strong Futures - CDA Council

If you want to make a difference in #ECE, you can't miss the chance to NETWORK and BE INSPIRED at Building Strong Futures.💡 Register today!↪️ http://ow.ly/YXtr50G9fu0

Are you looking for a chance to connect online with ECE experts and network with your peers? Join the Council at the Virtual Experience: Building Strong Futures on October 6-8, 2021. Don’t delay, register for the Virtual Experience TODAY! Discounts are available for a limited time.

Can you teach preschoolers about chess, Albert Eistein & history? ♟️📏  Nicole Bastfield says "yes!" In her words:  "we c...
09/13/2021

Can you teach preschoolers about chess, Albert Eistein & history? ♟️📏 Nicole Bastfield says "yes!" In her words: "we can’t understand where we’re headed if we don’t understand where we’ve been.” ↪️ http://ow.ly/8Iu850G9aYU

Can you teach preschoolers about chess, Albert Eistein & history? ♟️📏 Nicole Bastfield says "yes!" In her words: "we can’t understand where we’re headed if we don’t understand where we’ve been.” ↪️ http://ow.ly/8Iu850G9aYU

Congratulations to Noelia, who has earned her CDA! 👏 We are SO proud of you, Noelia! 🏆 Please join us in saying "congrat...
09/12/2021

Congratulations to Noelia, who has earned her CDA! 👏 We are SO proud of you, Noelia! 🏆 Please join us in saying "congrats" to the newest member of our CDA family. #MyCDA

📸 Cosiani Puerto Rico

Congratulations to Noelia, who has earned her CDA! 👏 We are SO proud of you, Noelia! 🏆 Please join us in saying "congrats" to the newest member of our CDA family. #MyCDA

📸 Cosiani Puerto Rico

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. 💔 Here's how to help children understand the day— with eyes of com...
09/11/2021
Being Neighbors on 9/11 - CDA Council

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. 💔 Here's how to help children understand the day— with eyes of compassion for all our neighbors. http://ow.ly/sASd50G7Xj7

The morning sun lit a clear, blue sky as America started its day. Highways filled with traffic and railroads rumbled with trains. Planes soared into that ...

Tomorrow we pause to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Together, may we build toward a peaceful future each...
09/10/2021

Tomorrow we pause to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Together, may we build toward a peaceful future each day. #September11th

Tomorrow we pause to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Together, may we build toward a peaceful future each day. #September11th

📞 Calling all college students! The Child Development Associate® Credential isn't just for lifelong early childhood educ...
09/10/2021
Diverse College Students Need Diverse Career Choices

📞 Calling all college students! The Child Development Associate® Credential isn't just for lifelong early childhood educators. Here's why the CDA® jumpstarts your career, no matter what field: ↪️ http://ow.ly/mxIF50G7NQV

Knowing that many college students will be making changes to their majors, we should help them understand that early childhood education requires professionals with many unique talents.

Have you registered for the can't-miss virtual event of the year? 🎙️ Get equipped to tackle tough issues in the communit...
09/09/2021

Have you registered for the can't-miss virtual event of the year? 🎙️ Get equipped to tackle tough issues in the communities you serve by joining us at Building Strong Futures.

Register NOW to receive 10% off! ↪️ http://ow.ly/Si1B50G76e7

Have you registered for the can't-miss virtual event of the year? 🎙️ Get equipped to tackle tough issues in the communities you serve by joining us at Building Strong Futures.

Register NOW to receive 10% off! ↪️ http://ow.ly/Si1B50G76e7

09/09/2021
Creating a Culturally Responsive ECE Workforce, with Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis & Sandra Kowalchek

Welcome to this week's episode of CounciLIVE, featuring a conversation with Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis—author, educator development coach, motivational speaker, WINGS Curriculum managing partner, and NBCDI- Atlanta Affiliate President— and Sandra Kowalchek, Council Manager of Government Relations. Today, Dr. Bisa speaks with Sandra Kowalchek on creating a culturally responsive ECE workforce.

Learn more about WINGS Curriculum: https://www.wingscurriculum.com/.

Learn more about NBCDI-Atlanta: https://www.bcdiatlanta.org/

Join us every 2 weeks to hear from expert guest speakers on the most vital topics in early childhood practice, theory, research and advocacy today. Anchored in our flagship publication, The Essentials for Working with Young Children, each CounciLIVE episode will bring to you a conversation on one or more CDA® functional area(s) and will explore its importance in relation to current events, educational philosophy & research today.

Don't miss the limited-time chance to save on your CDA® application! Check your eligibility to receive CDA® funding from...
09/08/2021

Don't miss the limited-time chance to save on your CDA® application! Check your eligibility to receive CDA® funding from the Maryland State Department of Education & Maryland Family Network here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/zgQP50G6aOB

Don't miss the limited-time chance to save on your CDA® application! Check your eligibility to receive CDA® funding from the Maryland State Department of Education & Maryland Family Network here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/zgQP50G6aOB

Please join us in a round of applause for Sadaf! 👏 Sadaf previously had no ECE training, but her passion for helping you...
09/08/2021

Please join us in a round of applause for Sadaf! 👏 Sadaf previously had no ECE training, but her passion for helping young children led her earn her CDA®. Now, she's a preschool teacher. 🎉 Congratulations, Sadaf! 🥳

📷 Training organization: Train Bright

Please join us in a round of applause for Sadaf! 👏 Sadaf previously had no ECE training, but her passion for helping young children led her earn her CDA®. Now, she's a preschool teacher. 🎉 Congratulations, Sadaf! 🥳

📷 Training organization: Train Bright

Drumroll please! 🥁 Our next CounciLIVE special guest speaker is...  Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis! 👏🏾Join us this Thursday, 9/9 ...
09/07/2021

Drumroll please! 🥁 Our next CounciLIVE special guest speaker is... Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis! 👏🏾

Join us this Thursday, 9/9 at 1 PM ET on Facebook live to hear Sandra Kowalchek's conversation with Dr. Bisa on cultivating a culturally responsive ECE workforce.

Mark your calendar! 📅 We look forward to seeing you there. 🎉

Drumroll please! 🥁 Our next CounciLIVE special guest speaker is... Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis! 👏🏾

Join us this Thursday, 9/9 at 1 PM ET on Facebook live to hear Sandra Kowalchek's conversation with Dr. Bisa on cultivating a culturally responsive ECE workforce.

Mark your calendar! 📅 We look forward to seeing you there. 🎉

Should 4-year-olds still use laptops in a post-pandemic world? Experts are divided on the future role of virtual #presch...
09/07/2021
Virtual pre-K filled a void for ‘overwhelmed’ parents last year, but experts disagree about its role — and federal funding — in a post-pandemic world | LA School Report

Should 4-year-olds still use laptops in a post-pandemic world? Experts are divided on the future role of virtual #preschool. Learn why: http://ow.ly/mBTs50G3g2R

As in most pre-K classrooms, Geneva Gadsden’s students — known as the All Stars — rotate through different stations, from dress-up corners to building block areas. But the All Stars, the Happy Owls and other groups of preschoolers at the Whitted School in Durham, North Carolina, also take turn...

Today, the Council wishes a happy Labor Day to families everywhere. 🗽 We are closed today in commemoration of the holida...
09/06/2021

Today, the Council wishes a happy Labor Day to families everywhere. 🗽 We are closed today in commemoration of the holiday weekend. #LaborDay2021

Today, the Council wishes a happy Labor Day to families everywhere. 🗽 We are closed today in commemoration of the holiday weekend. #LaborDay2021

Learn how you can give all children what they need: a brighter start in life. ☀️ Join the Council at the virtual Bright ...
09/03/2021

Learn how you can give all children what they need: a brighter start in life. ☀️ Join the Council at the virtual Bright Start International Conference from 11/18-11/20.

Learn more here: ➡️ http://ow.ly/VIL250G3fQw

Learn how you can give all children what they need: a brighter start in life. ☀️ Join the Council at the virtual Bright Start International Conference from 11/18-11/20.

Learn more here: ➡️ http://ow.ly/VIL250G3fQw

How can we shape the future of our field through equity, diversity and inclusion? Find out at this FREE event, featuring...
09/02/2021

How can we shape the future of our field through equity, diversity and inclusion? Find out at this FREE event, featuring early childhood leaders who are committed to change for the better!

⏰ 9/10 at 1-2 PM ET

Sign up here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/AoqX50G3cNN

How can we shape the future of our field through equity, diversity and inclusion? Find out at this FREE event, featuring early childhood leaders who are committed to change for the better!

⏰ 9/10 at 1-2 PM ET

Sign up here: ↪️ http://ow.ly/AoqX50G3cNN

Register now for the "Virtual Experience: Building Strong Futures" premier early childhood conference! Tune in to hear f...
09/02/2021

Register now for the "Virtual Experience: Building Strong Futures" premier early childhood conference! Tune in to hear from an exciting lineup of movers and shakers, including:

🔹 Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., Council for Professional Recognition
🔹 Dr. Joshua D. Sparrow, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
🔹 Dr. Marquita Davis, Gates Foundation
🔹 Ron Shuali, M.Ed., RonSpeak
🔹 Ron Spreeuwenberg, HiMama

Learn more: ↪️ http://ow.ly/yKHA50G2ATp

Register now for the "Virtual Experience: Building Strong Futures" premier early childhood conference! Tune in to hear from an exciting lineup of movers and shakers, including:

🔹 Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., Council for Professional Recognition
🔹 Dr. Joshua D. Sparrow, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
🔹 Dr. Marquita Davis, Gates Foundation
🔹 Ron Shuali, M.Ed., RonSpeak
🔹 Ron Spreeuwenberg, HiMama

Learn more: ↪️ http://ow.ly/yKHA50G2ATp

In low-income countries, a staggering 80% of young children don't have access to preschool.  🌍 Get informed on the chall...
09/01/2021

In low-income countries, a staggering 80% of young children don't have access to preschool. 🌍 Get informed on the challenges facing #ECE educators in developing nations in our latest white paper: ↪️ http://ow.ly/HpoC50G2sGh

In low-income countries, a staggering 80% of young children don't have access to preschool. 🌍 Get informed on the challenges facing #ECE educators in developing nations in our latest white paper: ↪️ http://ow.ly/HpoC50G2sGh

Ever find yourself wondering, "what does ECE equity *really* mean?" 🤔 This episode is for you! Listen in on this powerfu...
08/31/2021
CounciLIVE: A Conversation on Building Equity in ECE, featuring Dr. Shantel Meek & Michelle Brown

Ever find yourself wondering, "what does ECE equity *really* mean?" 🤔 This episode is for you! Listen in on this powerful conversation on building equity in early education settings, available now!: ↪️ http://ow.ly/K97l50G1ExT

🎙️ Featuring: Dr. Shantel Meek & Michelle Brown

In this episode of CounciLIVE, aired on 8/26/21, Dr. Shantel Meek, Founding Director of the Children's Equity Project and speaks with Michelle Brown, Council...

How can earning a CDA® accelerate your success as a child care provider? Find out how it skyrocketed Crystal's career— a...
08/30/2021

How can earning a CDA® accelerate your success as a child care provider? Find out how it skyrocketed Crystal's career— and how it can transform yours, too. ↪️ http://ow.ly/dlrG50G158k

How can earning a CDA® accelerate your success as a child care provider? Find out how it skyrocketed Crystal's career— and how it can transform yours, too. ↪️ http://ow.ly/dlrG50G158k

There are at least 3 reasons why you won't want to miss the next CounciLIVE! 🎥 Can you guess all 3? Find out here why yo...
08/30/2021

There are at least 3 reasons why you won't want to miss the next CounciLIVE! 🎥 Can you guess all 3? Find out here why you can't forget to tune in! ↪️ http://ow.ly/Y4U950FYYYe

There are at least 3 reasons why you won't want to miss the next CounciLIVE! 🎥 Can you guess all 3? Find out here why you can't forget to tune in! ↪️ http://ow.ly/Y4U950FYYYe

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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.