Center-Approved PD

The Center is pleased to offer this valuable “in-time” resource to help you select high-quality training opportunities that align with your professional development goals.

Search the listings below to find:

  • in-person workshop sessions facilitated by local trainers
  • online PD modules developed by national organizations, such as the Office of Head Start, NAEYC, and Better Kid Care

If an online PD session does not include a certificate of completion and you want documentation for your records, you can submit a Training Verification Form to the Center. All of the opportunities listed are approved by the Center to meet state child care licensing requirements.

The Center updates these listings monthly—check back regularly to see the latest entries!

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STEM in the Preschool Classroom

5 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Participants will be able to identify the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. They will learn to understand what STEM is, the importance of STEM for young learners, activities that promote STEM learning, and strategies for getting all children involved in STEM activities. A STEM focus ensures that children will learn to innovate, adapt, understand social and cultural cues, and problem-solve.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Outdoor Learning Environment

4 PD hours Development and Learning

Spending time outside is vital for young children, and not just because they get to burn off some energy. From a very early age, children are curious about nature. By providing children with rich, purposeful outdoor learning environments, early childhood educators can help the children in their care learn, have fun, and begin to develop a sense of connection to the world beyond the playground. In this class, participants will learn the importance of the outdoor environment across multiple developmental domains in addition to the health benefits and safety concerns.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Trauma Informed Practices

3 PD hours Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Approximately 66% of children report experiencing traumatic events before the age of 16. The effects of these experiences can be devastating, but with support, many children can overcome their traumatic experiences. This course, Trauma Informed Practices, raises awareness of the impact of childhood trauma on children’s learning and development and provides strategies to support the healing, resilience, and well-being of traumatized children and those who care for them.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Creating Positive Connections

4 PD hours Development and Learning

The love and nurturing that a child receives in the first few years of life can have effects on development that last a lifetime. As educators learn more about children and how they develop, they understand more clearly that warm, nurturing relationships based on respect, understanding, and acceptance are essential for children’s optimal development. Through interactive learning activities, group discussion forums, videos, reflective writing exercises, scenarios, and a field assignment, participants will learn to create an environment where relationships flourish.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Curriculum Unpacked

4 PD hours Curriculum

Teachers are often expected to not only implement an existing curriculum but also to design appropriate supplemental activities to meet the needs of individual children. In many cases, teachers lack the deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practice that they need in order to implement curricula effectively and meet children’s needs. The purpose of this course is to provide early child care professionals with a deep understanding of what is meant by the term curriculum and what is included in a high-quality curriculum. Participants will explore the many facets that are considered to be a part of the curriculum in the early childhood field, including the importance of developmentally appropriate practice and play. In addition, participants will review several examples of prominent early childhood curricula and gain an understanding of how different child development theories guide best practice in the early childhood field.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. http://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Recognizing Our Own Triggers to Assist Others

3 PD hours Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

In this two-part series, we will discuss various triggers (or hot button) behaviors exist for both adults and children. Once those triggers have been identified, we will then begin to assess what types of strategies can be put in place to help lesson or even eliminate them through tips such as mindfulness, deep breathing, etc.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tlcheney2@gmail.com

Program and Classroom Assessment

3 PD hours Child Assessment

The Program and Classroom Assessment Course focuses on self-evaluation in a single classroom or across multiple classrooms in a center-based program, or in a family child care home. The purpose of the course is to prepare early child teachers, administrators, and family child care providers for self-guided, self-evaluation. This course reviews the methods of program and classroom evaluation and how to use objective information to make changes in practices. This course involves two field assignments and evaluation tools. A field assignment involves completing an activity away from the computer.

Organization Registration Link Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com Help@QuorumLearning.com

Literacy for the Early Learner

8 PD Hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

This professional development series aims to increase the knowledge of early literacy skills for those who work and engage with children from birth to kindergarten. The four sessions focus on oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, pre-writing skills, and age-appropriate ways to engage with text to promote comprehension.

Organization Contact Email
Sargent Rehabilitation Center Cheryl Cotter cheryc@sargentcenter.org

Putting the Pieces Together, Understanding Sensory Integration

2 PD hours

This presentation will help those in attendance to understand sensory integration as a condition, how it affects school-age children, and will offer tips for helping students who have need for sensory supports in schools.

Organization Contact Email
Early Childhood Consultant Rebecca L Simon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA rsimon@jwu.edu

Engaging Families with Social Media

4 PD hours Family Engagement

Many teachers and administrators build quality relationships with families in their schools and community-based organizations. Internet-based social media tools offer multiple ways to support communication between school, home, and community partners. In this course, participants will learn the key characteristics of family engagement practices and the basic fundamentals of using social media tools for family engagement.

Organization Website Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com/ 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Enriching Indoor Environments

5 PD hours Development and Learning

Participants will explore strategies to improve the indoor learning environment, including how to set up a classroom for optimal child development, the connection between classroom design and behavior, the importance of creating a fully inclusive classroom, and how to make their classrooms a more pleasant and enriching place for children and adults.

Organization Website Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com/ 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Self-Care for Educators

4 PD hours Professionalism, Staff Support

Taking care of children is a fun and rewarding job, but it’s not the easiest. Add that to the rigors of daily life, and many educators experience stress on a daily basis. And chances are you’re putting everything and everyone on your “to do” list ahead of yourself. Part of what makes people in helping professions good at what they do is their natural inclination to put others first. That can also be their downfall. Self-Care for Educators explains why self-care is essential, identifies the benefits of engaging in self-care, and provides tips and strategies for doing just that. The course also shows the connection between the Protective Factors Framework and educators’ self-care.

Organization Website Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com/ 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Health and Wellness During COVID-19

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

COVID-19, a disease that did not exist in late 2019, was sickening people on every inhabited continent in the world by the spring of 2020. As scientists scrambled to learn everything about this illness, people around the world struggled to figure out what to do and where to turn for rapidly changing information. Prepare for the challenges COVID brings related to health and safety and social-emotional development. Engage in strategies to support the early learning community of students, educators, parents, and yourself.

Organization Website Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com/ 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Emergent Curriculum: How to Inspire Curious Children and Encourage Meaningful Learning

2 PD hours Curriculum

How do you plan your curriculum ahead of time and still follow the children’s lead? What role does project-based learning play? What about children’s questions? Learn what emergent curriculum means, how it came about, the benefits to this type of learning and hands-on, practical ways to plan for it and implement it each day. Learn how to use this type of learning to engage both your children and their families, while changing the energy of the classroom into an exciting place to be every day. You will come away with specific strategies and ideas to begin this and to grow at your own pace. This is focused on Toddler and Preschool Children (18mo. -5 yrs.).

Organization Email
All About Workshops RI allaboutworkshops@gmail.com

Anti-Racist Classrooms

5 PD hours Development and Learning

All of us would like to believe that our classrooms are free of bias and racism, but the truth is that in many educational settings, a child’s race and ethnicity play a large role in the quality of education the child receives. Teachers are in a unique position to put in place structures and practices that can help dismantle racism in our society. This course looks at critical issues related to race and race relations and how they relate to early education. Teachers will learn about how bias shapes interactions between people, including how a teacher might perceive and treat children in their class. Teachers will also understand how to plan and implement a culturally competent curriculum and how to build a classroom community that implements the tenets of anti-bias and gives children the tools they need to build an anti-racist society.

Organization Website Phone Number Email
Quality Assist, Inc. https://www.quorumlearning.com/ 404-325-2225 Help@QuorumLearning.com

Creating Schedules and Routines

4 PD hours Curriculum

Learn how to use schedules to manage your days with young children more efficiently and how to ensure that arrival, toileting, clean-up, eating, resting and sleeping, dressing, and departure routines contribute to children’s positive development.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Conferencing with Parents

5 PD hours Family Engagement

Effective parent communication systems are critical to all child care programs. Parents need both daily information about their children’s routine and development, and formal communication sessions. Learn to plan and conduct productive conferences, group meetings, and home visits with parents and maintain a positive relationship with parents. Includes sample conference preparation, agendas, attendance improvement suggestions, and many helpful tips and guidelines for better meetings.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Sun Safety

2 PD hours Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Sunlight is essential for life and health, yet overexposure can cause skin cancer. Learn effective ways to protect children and yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Toilet Learning

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Manage this important step in young children’s development in a positive way that will ensure their cooperation and success.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

A Joyful Life of Caregiving

3 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum

A Joyful Life of Caregiving includes lots of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. We really enjoyed creating this course as we brainstormed ways to help caregivers relax and invigorate days of providing care to children.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Do You Speak Fluent Infant? How Proficient Are You at Reading Infants’ Cues?

2 PD hours Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Is that the hungry cry? The tired cry? What if it’s distress and I should respond right away? If it’s boredom, am I helping or hurting to respond right away? If you want to UPLEVEL your ability to ‘speak infant,’ then this is the session for you. A baby may not always understand why they’re crying, but you can feel more confident in identifying the signals and knowing how to respond in the most helpful way. This training focuses on infants up to 18 months old.

Organization Email
All About Workshops RI allaboutworkshops@gmail.com

Fun and Fitness: Addressing Childhood Obesity

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Explore the physical movement needs of children and ways to meet these needs as well as dietary and other factors that contribute to obesity in this two-hour course. Learn ways to help children avoid or reverse obesity.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities

8 PD hours Child Assessment, Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

All children have needs; some have more specialized needs than others. In this 8-hour online course, you will learn the goals of early education for children with special needs, the characteristics of common physical disabilities, how various disabilities affect children’s ability to function, and curriculum adaptations to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and help them develop and learn.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

2 PD hours Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Written for all child care providers who work with parents of infants, this two-hour course describes the importance of breastfeeding, best ways to support breastfeeding mothers, how to store and handle breast milk, how to create a comfortable environment for breastfeeding mothers, how to share your support policy with families and staff, and current state laws regarding breastfeeding.

Organization Phone Number Email
Care Courses 1-800-685-7610 info@carecourses.com

Create Healthy Habits: Developing a Wellness Plan for your Early Childhood Program

8 PD hours Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Early childhood programs are uniquely positioned to promote healthy habits among children birth to 5 years old and their families. This training will guide program coordinators and directors in the creation of a wellness policy and action plan for their site, and provide resources for successful implementation.

Organization Contact Email
University of Rhode Island – USDA SNAP-Ed Heidi Hetzler heidihetzler@uri.edu


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