Child Development Associate (CDA)


The mission of the Council for Professional Recognition is to promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old. The Council for Professional Recognition might be better known to family child care providers as the administers of the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program. The CDA is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals who work in all types of early care and education programs.

The registration fee (single: $835 / double: $580) is all-inclusive:, with all meals and snacks beginning of the evening of October 13th and ending with breakfast on October 16th, hotel accommodations for three nights (October 13th, 14th and 15th), informative professional development sessions, wellness sessions, community building, networking opportunities and special events. Registration is now open. Registration is limited and will close once maximum capacity is reached or by September 1, 2020.


This scholarship opportunity is open to educators/teachers who work in a Career Technical Education (CTE) program (or high school), and to Family Child Care Providers who exemplify the mission and vision of the Council.
The EELC Scholarship includes: Full conference registration / Single-occupancy hotel accommodations / Up to $400 transportation stipend reimbursement with receipts

The scholarship application period opens on Tuesday, February 25 and ends Monday, April 6, 2020.

To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form and be sure to include the required
Essay Question and Letter of recommendation . The submission deadline is April 6, 2020.

For questions regarding the EELC 2020 scholarship, please contact Sandra Kowalchek at

Please note: Prior High School & CTE Teachers’ Scholarship winners, Council employees and their immediate family members, as well as moderators and presenters participating in the Early Educators’ Leadership Conference are ineligible.