Ruthie Garcia if Brady has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession. CDA is the only major national effort to improve child care by evaluation and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. The first credential was awarded 25 years ago, and now 46 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their child care licensing regulations. Parents who use child care are especially concerned today about their children’s welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children’s physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment. The CDA credential is having a positive effect on the quality of child care. Its impact is evident in center-based care and home visitor programs as well as family child care, the most common form of care for children under five years old. Mrs. Garcia is currently a teacher at the First United Methodist Church Preschool and the director at Casa Care.