What’s New

Fall PD Registration Now Open!

Earn up to 20 professional development (PD) hours by participating in one of our multi-session series. Offerings are available for program administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers. Topics include creating strong management systems, understanding and responding to challenging behaviors, and exploring social studies through project-based learning. We’re also offering a new five-session series for center administrators on becoming a pedagogical leader.

Additionally, the Center is excited to be offering our first series for bilingual (Spanish/English) providers. The series will explore planning and implementing curriculum in a multi-age setting. The sessions will be facilitated by a bilingual instructor, and materials will be available in both languages. Participants can choose to complete written assignments in the language of their choice.

Classes run from mid-September through December. All Center PD is aligned with the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) as well as the state’s Workforce Knowledge and Competency Frameworks.

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Preview Our Summer Semester PD Offerings

Our Summer 2016 Professional Development catalog is open for a special “Preview Period.” More than a dozen high-quality PD series are available. Topics include social and emotional development, child assessment, responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers, and using your Quality Improvement Plan to strengthen your family child care program.

Browse our offerings and take time to plan your PD so it aligns with the goals in your Individual Professional Development Plan. Offerings are available for center administrators, preschool teachers, infant-toddler teachers, and family child care providers.

Registration opens on Thursday, June 16. Classes will run from late June through August.

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McCormick Center for Early Learning Leadership Is Coming To Rhode Island!

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is teaming up with the nationally-known McCormick Center on two professional development series this spring. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

The first series–on May 21 and June 11–will help family child care administrators create better management and business practices using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) tool. The series will emphasize strong fiscal management practices that can improve providers’ bottom line.

The second series–on June 21 and 22–is for child care center administrators and directors and will explore how program leaders can use the Program Administration Scale (PAS) tool to assess their organizational practices and improve their leadership skills.

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New Online Modules Focus on Child Assessment

The RI Department of Education has designed an online professional development resource to support early childhood educators’ knowledge and skills in child assessment. The three modules in Series 1: Assessment in Early Childhood Settings present the state’s vision for quality child assessment practices in all early learning settings.

Early learning educators can view the modules on the Center website at your own pace. You can earn 1 PD hour for viewing all three modules and 1 additional PD hour for completing a self-assessment activity at the end of the third module.

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Spring PD Registration Now Open!

Earn 12 to 24 professional development (PD) hours by participating in one of our multi-session series. Offerings are available for administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers. New topics include strengthening business practices, observation and documentation in early childhood assessment, and extending children’s learning through the creative arts.

Classes begin April 5 and run through June.

All of our offerings for classroom teachers include separate sessions exclusively for their supervisors:

  • Understand what your staff members are learning in class
  • Support their implementation of new practices
  • Earn PD hours for participating

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Center Celebrates Two Years!

On Monday, February 1, more than 40 people gathered at the Center’s main office in Warwick to celebrate our two years of providing in-depth, research-based professional development, technical assistance, and Quality Improvement Grants to make a real difference in the professional practices of early childhood administrators and educators throughout Rhode Island.

Speakers included Elizabeth Burke-Bryant, executive director of RI KIDS COUNT, and Yvette Mendes, deputy director of the state Department of Human Services. Center Director Karen Pucciarelli and Co-Director Leslie Gell facilitated a panel of early childhood administrators who spoke about the impact the Center has made on their public school, center-based, and family child care programs.

Since opening in January 2014, the Center and our staff have supported early learning professionals in the following ways:

  • We have provided high-quality professional development (PD) to nearly 1,500 child care educators from over 640 programs or family child care homes.
  • Our technical assistance (TA) specialists have provided services to administrators at more than 375 programs.
  • We have awarded state-funded Quality Improvement (QI) Grants to nearly 400 programs and family child care homes.
  • We have approved nearly 300 professional development programs offered by community PD providers.
  • Our InfoLine has received nearly 170 requests for information related to specific early childhood issues and concerns.
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Register for Winter 2016 Semester Now!

Earn 12 to 24 PD hours by participating in one of our multi-session series. Offerings are available for administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers. New topics in the winter include family engagement, inclusion, and executive function.

Classes begin January 9 and run through March. Like last year, we have scheduled snow days, in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate!

All of our offerings for classroom teachers include separate sessions exclusively for their supervisors:

  • Understand what your staff members are learning in class
  • Support their implementation of new practices
  • Earn PD hours for participating

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Preview Winter PD Offerings!

Our Winter 2016 Professional Development Catalog is now available for a special “Preview Week.” Browse our offerings and take some time to plan your PD so it aligns well with your professional needs and interests. Please note we have added new offerings on the topics of executive function in young children, family engagement, and inclusion.

Registration for the winter semester will open on Tuesday, December 15, and classes will run from January through March. Like last year, we have scheduled in snow days, in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. Be sure to register early; close to 400 individuals participated in the Center’s PD this fall!

Browse our Winter Offerings!

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Register for the Fall 2015 Semester Now!

The Center is pleased to announce another exciting lineup of professional development (PD) offerings for Rhode Island’s early learning professionals.

Center offerings are series-based and most beneficial when all face-to-face meetings and accompanying homework assignments are completed. Participants can earn 12-15 PD hours by participating in just one of our series!

Classes will run September – December 2015.

Register Now, as space is limited. Preference will be given to participants from BrightStars-rated programs.

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Have Your Professional Development Opportunity Approved

Rhode Island’s dedicated early childhood teachers, center and school leaders, and family child care providers deserve 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—is implementing a professional development approval process. Beginning June 1, 2014, all professional development activities for the early childhood workforce must meet certain criteria in order to qualify under the state’s requirements for ongoing professional development.

The system will ensure that professional development offered across the state will:

  • Articulate learning objectives and content aligned with Workforce Knowledge and Competency domains and career levels
  • Include references that demonstrate ties to research, theory, and best practice
  • Establish a learning atmosphere that encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences and apply learning to their practice
  • Demonstrate appreciation of and respect for the unique needs and characteristics of the participants
  • Be delivered by individuals who demonstrate deep content knowledge of the topic and understanding of adult learning principles

Professional development providers will be expected to meet the qualifications and expectations found in Rhode Island’s Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Framework for Professional Development Providers and Higher Education Faculty/Staff, once this framework becomes available.

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