Council for Professional Recognition and the NWRA Partner on CDA Training Verification

| Kimberlee Belcher Badal

May 15th, 2023 WASHINGTON — Early childhood educators who are seeking or want to renew their Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition now have a convenient way to verify their training hours, thanks to a robust partnership with The National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA).

NWRA partners with Early Childhood Education (ECE) Professional RegistriesThe NWRA is the membership home to 44 Early Childhood (ECE) Professional Registries for 44 states, reaching more than 1.8 million providers. The agreement means educators with CDA®credentials can more easily learn about professional development, quality initiatives, opportunities for growth and professional advancement, as well as seamlessly track and report their career progression. Currently, nearly 2 million members of the ECE workforce nationally participate in registries that partner with NWRA, and the goal is to greatly increase the number of CDA-holders represented in the registry.  

Dr. Kimberlee Belcher-Badal, executive director of NWRA, says, “We’re honored to join with the Council for Professional Recognition, which has awarded nearly 1 million CDA credentials. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a crucial stepping stone to career advancement in early childhood education.  

“This first-of-its-kind partnership will increase professional registry efficiency, accuracy and support available to CDA-holders and early learning workforce members looking to obtain one. Our overarching objective is to contribute to improved outcomes for children by better supporting the people caring for children, through their professional development registries.”

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., CEO for the Council for Professional Recognition, says, “This agreement with the National Workforce Registry Alliance is creating a one-stop place for CDA aspirants and credential holders to document and verify their training for assessment and renewal. We’re confident this agreement builds on our goal to create a CDA assessment system that’s more efficient for all stakeholders. It also gives us more convenient ways to share details about available CDA support and services, including CDA scholarships and high quality training opportunities. All of this will result in a deeper sense of belonging and recognition for our professional educators.”

The agreement also means the Council will improve the recruitment, availability and accessibility of CDA Professional Development Specialists (PDS), who use their ECE expertise to assess CDA candidates’ competencies and facilitate reflective conversations with the candidates.

The Council and NWRA say the arrangement aims to better connect the needs of the ECE sector to the available workforce and, hopefully, help to alleviate current staffing and training shortages.


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, close to one million Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials have been issued around the world. For more information, visit


The National Workforce Registry Alliance is a charitable, non-profit organization with a mission to advance an equitably recognized and represented early childhood and out-of-school time workforce, by strengthening workforce data quality and establishing professional development system standards for registries. We envision a future in which the nation demonstrates its commitment to quality in early learning through equitable compensation of a wellprepared and adequately supported early childhood and out-of-school time workforce, by utilizing reliable workforce data to inform policy action and drive research.