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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Beyond Bottles and Baby Food: Setting the Nutritional Foundation for Lifelong Wellness

1 PD hour Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This webinar provides important information for families, caregivers, and communities to have about nutrition and feeding for infants and very young children. Developed as part of the Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative, the webinar features Paula Mydlenski, a registered dietician, and teaching artists from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. This webinar is available in English and en Español.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
Early Head Start National Resource Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/webinar/beyond-bottles-baby-food-setting-nutritional-foundation-lifelong-wellness

Early Essentials Webisodes Series

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

The Early Essentials Webisodes series offers key messages and helpful resources on the foundations of early childhood. The focus is on infants and toddlers and their families. Managers can use Early Essentials to design orientation experiences, or staff can participate on their own. The nine webisodes explore such topics as components of quality, building relationships, school readiness for infants and toddlers, learning environments, responsive interactions, and self-care and professionalism. Each webisode is about 20 minutes long and is accompanied by a Quick Start Viewer Guide. The series also includes a few short videos and accompanying practice guides that viewers can use to reflect on their practice. The webisodes are available in English and en Español.

Organization Website
Early Head Start National Resource Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/article/early-essentials

Healthy Child Care America

PD hours vary Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism

The American Academy of Pediatrics has created specific health-related webinars, online modules, and other resources that can assist early childhood professionals in gaining specialized skills in health and safety. These webinars offer strategies and tips on how to keep children, their families, and early childhood educators healthy.

Organization Website
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildcare.org/ProfDev.html

Teacher Time Series

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

Teacher Time is a web-based professional development series that explores topics relevant to today’s early childhood educators. The recorded webinars focus on: (1) implementing a responsive curriculum, (2) fostering social and emotional skills in children, (3) promoting children’s development and learning for school readiness, and (4) using inquiry and experimentation through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to strengthen academic skills. The series includes separate episodes for infant/toddler teachers and family child care providers and for preschool teachers and family child care providers. The series are available in English and en Español.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/curriculum/teacher-time-series/implementing-curriculum-responsive-environment-birth-5

¡Mírame! Celebremos los Indicadores del Desarrollo y Compartamos las Inquietudes

1 hora de DP Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Como proveedor de cuidados y educación tempranos, usted tiene un rol fundamental en la salud y el bienestar de los niños. También está en una excelente posición para ayudar a identificar a los niños que tal vez necesiten ayuda extra en su desarrollo. Este curso de capacitación en línea lo ayuda a desempeñar ese rol al proporcionarle las herramientas y las mejores prácticas para monitorear el desarrollo de los niños que usted cuida y hablar de eso con sus padres.

Certificado de Finalización: Si

Organization Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/watchmetraining/spanish/index.html

ERS 101 Online Training

PD hours vary Curriculum

Developed and delivered by the authors as an introduction to the Scales! Each course is self-paced, so you can start and stop as often as needed. In total, each course takes about 5 hours to complete. Checks for understanding are embedded, along with the ability to email questions directly to the authors! You can be assured you are receiving an accurate and up-to-date training! Most courses are also available en Español.

Organization Registration Link
Kaplan https://www.kaplanco.com/product/29155P/ers-101-online-training

Early Learning Language and Literacy Series

PD hours vary Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

This professional development series helps early childhood educators recognize and foster the language and literacy development of young children. The online learning modules provide educators with current research and evidence-based strategies related to early language and literacy development. Each module provides accompanying activities, handouts, and readings. The 14-module series can be watched in its entirety (14 hours) or individually (1 hour per module).

Organization Website
Preschool Development and Expansion Grant Technical Assistance Program https://pdg.grads360.org/#program/early-learning-language-and-literacy-series

Better Kid Care Lecciones en Español

Horas de DP varian Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism, Staff Support

Better Kid Care, una iniciativa de Pennsylvania State University ofrece entrenamientos en línea en salud y seguridad, como responder a las necesidades de las familias, las áreas de ciencias, diversidad, prácticas de cuidado de bebe, la investigación y mucho más. Para acceder los entrenamientos debe de abrir una cuenta en el sistema de Better Kid Care On Demand.

Certificado de Finalización: Si

Organization Website
Pennsylvania State University https://extension.psu.edu/programs/betterkidcare/lessons/espanol

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

1.5 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism

Early Childhood Investigations is an ongoing series of conference-quality free webinars for early childhood educators. These engaging webinars are presented by many of the thought leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. The webinars explore critical topics that offer new ideas and insights to early childhood professionals. You can participate in live webinars or view recorded webinars.

Organization Website
Early Childhood Investigations Webinars http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/

Read Right from the Start Online Courses

PD hours vary Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus is a professional development platform that offers free, research-based online courses designed to improve the language and literacy instruction of teachers who work with children from birth to third grade. The courses provide classroom practices that can help increase children’s vocabularies and prepare them to learn to read. The courses were developed by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School. To enroll in a course, participants must create a free account on the Cox Campus website.

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Organization Website
Atlanta Speech School https://app.coxcampus.org/#!/courses/categories

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

PD hours vary Family Engagement, Homelessness

The National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement has developed a new interactive learning series to enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento definition of “homeless” as it refers to children and youths. The series also explores other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs.

This series includes eight modules. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can spend as much or as little time as needed, depending on your level of experience. A Certificate of Completion can be printed after you complete all sections of each module.

Module Topics

  • Overview of Family Homelessness
  • Understanding Family Homelessness
  • Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s Definition of “Homeless”
  • Determining a Family’s Homeless Situation
  • Identifying and Reaching Out to Families Experiencing Homelessness
  • Enhancing Program Access and Participation for Children Experiencing Homelessness
  • Building Relationships with Families
  • Connecting with Community Partners

Key Features

  • Transcripts: Printable text versions of the modules
  • Resources: Helpful handouts available for download
  • Federal policies: Direct links to the federal legislation and regulations referenced in each module
  • Knowledge checks: True/false and multiple-choice activities
  • Practice scenarios: Activities offering useful guidance for program staff members serving young children and school-age children

Target Audience

  • Professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs
  • Early childhood and school-age child care providers
  • CCDF lead agency or designated entity staff
  • Other key stakeholders

Organization Website
National Center for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/family-support-well-being/article/supporting-children-families-experiencing-homelessness

Better Kid Care On Demand Web Lessons

PD hours vary by module Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism, Staff Support

Better Kid Care provides evidence-informed professional development to early care and education professionals to improve the quality of their care and educational practices. Its On Demand Distance Education system offers more than 200 online modules that are approved by the Center for professional development in Rhode Island. To view and complete modules, and receive PD hours, users must create an account. Better Kid Care is operated by The Pennsylvania State University’s Cooperative Extension program.

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Organization Website
Better Kid Care https://extension.psu.edu/programs/betterkidcare

NAEYC Trainings and Webinars

PD hours vary Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

Build professional skills and knowledge and explore important topics in the early childhood education field with online trainings and webinars. NAEYC provides upcoming and recorded webinars.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
National Association for the Education of Young Children https://www.naeyc.org/events/trainings-webinars/upcoming-webinars

Traumatic Childhood Experiences: Homelessness

1 PD hour Homelessness

This one-hour webinar, presented by SchoolHouse Connection in partnership with Sesame Street in Communities, provides important information on how to help children experiencing homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization working to overcome homelessness through education, and Sesame Street in Communities provides multi-media resources for families and providers on several topics aimed to support young children’s growth and development.

Organization Website
SchoolHouse Connection https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5641790261551204353

Child Development Virtual Laboratory School

PD hours vary Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism, Staff Support

The Virtual Lab School empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child and youth care and development. Each online course features research-based content, authentic video, and relevant learning materials. The school offers six distinct tracks for different types of professionals, including infant and toddler teachers, preschool teachers, and family child care providers. Each track offers several courses, each comprised of several lessons. Each lesson includes opportunities to Learn, Explore, Apply, and Demonstrate learning. Each lesson closes with an online assessment and a list of references and resources.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
The Virtual Lab School http://www.virtuallabschool.org/

Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls

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

The Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls are recorded presentations featuring national experts discussing current research and topics in early childhood education. The recordings cover a broad range of topics—from parent engagement to social and emotional competence in young children—and provide practical, everyday applications for the research findings. The Front Porch Series also provides related materials and resources. The broadcast calls are available in English and en Español.

Organization Website
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/article/front-porch-broadcast-series

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Complete all four modules to earn 1 PD hour Development and Learning, Family Engagement

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and well-being of children. You are also well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This online training course from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Organization Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/watchmetraining/index.html

Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques to More Effectively Partner with Parents

1 PD hour Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism

This webinar examines the importance of developing strong relationships with families. Highlighting the techniques of motivational interviewing, the webinar provides information and strategies on how to more effectively partner with families to foster relationships and support children’s growth and development. This webinar is available in English and en Español.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/using-motivational-interviewing-techniques-more-effectively-partner-parents

Strategies to Support and Encourage Healthy Active Living Course

Complete all six modules to earn 2.5 PD hours Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This online, interactive self-study course was developed to advance the skills and knowledge of Head Start and Early Head Start staff. However, with a focus on healthy, active living for children and families, this course is relevant for anyone working in the early care and education field. Practice building skills to effectively communicate and engage with families around creating and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. This course is available in English and en Español.

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Organization Website
National Center on Health https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/learning-module/strategies-support-encourage-healthy-active-living-course

Caring Connections Podcast Series

Each podcast is 15 minutes; 2 PD hours maximum for entire series Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

The Caring Connections podcast series offers eight (8) podcasts that provide quick and useful information on topics relevant to early childhood educators and families with young children. Topics include physical health, social and emotional development, routines, and much more. The podcasts may be accessed by computer, smartphone, or other mobile device. The podcasts are available in English and en Español.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
Office of Head Start https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/teaching-practices/article/caring-connections-series


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