Rhode Island’s dedicated early childhood workforce deserves the very best in professional development and training opportunities. To ensure the quality of these opportunities, the Center for Early Learning Professionals—in partnership with Rhode Island’s Department of Education, Department of Human Services, and Department of Children, Youth and Families—has designed a professional development (PD) approval process. As of June 1, 2014, all PD activities for the early childhood community must meet certain criteria in order to qualify under the state’s requirements for ongoing professional development.
The approval system ensures that PD offered across the state:
- Articulates learning objectives and content aligned with the state’s Workforce Knowledge and Competency domains and career levels
- Links to the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards
- Is facilitated by individuals who meet the qualifications and expectations found in Rhode Island’s Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Professional Development Providers and Higher Education Faculty/Staff
- Incorporates activities and presentation methods appropriate for adult learners
- Assesses participant progress toward desired learning outcomes
- Includes references that demonstrate ties to research, theory, and best practice
There are two options for obtaining PD approval depending on your role in the event.
If you are presenting the training, click on the PD Approval for Trainers tab to access the application and instructions.
If you are a participant in an out-of-state workshop/conference or a non-credit–bearing online session and want to apply for PD hours for this activity, go to the PD Approval for Participants tab for more information.
To view a listing of approved PD offerings available to Rhode Island’s early learning community, select the tab at the bottom of the menu.