The Council for Professional Recognition administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credential. The CDA Credential is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals working with children age zero to five years old.

The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education programs - Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs.

The Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing, publishes the Competency Standards and other materials used for CDA credentialing, and administers the assessment.