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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Essentials of Leadership in Early Childhood Education

4 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism, Staff Support

Explore leadership competencies both broadly and in the early childhood setting. Leadership essentials include awareness of self, others, and the profession; communication and team-building skills; cultural competence; and ethical conduct. These characteristics are embedded in everything the leader does. Learn to address the challenges of being a leader through practical application of these concepts; learn to lead with integrity, inspiration, and purpose.

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

All About the ITERS-3: A Fun, Hands-On Overview of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale for Improving Quality

6 PD hours Curriculum, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This workshop series provides an overview of the ITERS-3 tool so that participants will be able to self-assess their own classrooms and set goals and timelines for quality improvement. (Please Note: This offering does not meet the BrightStars Learning Environments training requirement which begins at Level 2 in Standard 1: Learning Environment.)

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

All About the ECERS-3: A Fun, Hands-On Overview of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale for Improving Quality

6 PD hours Curriculum, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

This workshop series provides an overview of the ECERS-3 tool so that participants will be able to self-assess their own classrooms and set goals and timelines for quality improvement. (Please Note: This offering does not meet the BrightStars Learning Environments training requirement which begins at Level 2 in Standard 1: Learning Environment.)

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

Challenging Behavior: Reveal the Meaning

3 PD hours Development and Learning

Children express their needs through words, facial expressions, body language, and behavior. When communication is sent in the form of challenging behavior, understanding the message can be difficult. This course explores the ways children speak to us through behavior and examines the role teachers play in the two-way conversation. Participants will learn how to interpret children’s behavior, how to effectively teach social skills, how to develop an environment that supports cooperative and meaningful learning, and how to build partnerships with families. Through case studies, interactive learning activities, group discussion forums, and reflective writing exercises, participants gain a solid understanding of what challenging behaviors communicate and how best to respond. This course provides training suitable for any professional working within the early childhood education field or with young children, directors, family members, and parents.

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

How to Integrate Yoga in the Classroom and Appreciate the Benefits

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

This two-part training will introduce participants to the benefits of yoga, and offer poses and sequences that participants can incorporate into their classroom routines and activities.

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

Establishing and Sustaining Exceptional Relationships with Families: Going Beyond Johnny Had a Good Day

2 PD hours Family Engagement

This training will help participants gain knowledge of basic communication skills to be applied in their daily interactions with families. In addition, participants will learn how to build and sustain relationships with families by providing strategies for communication in a variety of ways.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney tlcheney2@gmail.com

Understanding Child Abuse and Prevention

3 PD hours Development and Learning, Family Engagement, Leadership and Program Management, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

In this course, participants will learn how to identify the signs of abuse and neglect, describe how abuse and neglect impacts development, implement strategies to build resilience in children suffering from abuse and neglect, and identify the mandated responsibilities of reporting cases of abuse or neglect. Early childhood teachers have a unique opportunity to affect the life of a child suffering from abuse and neglect. Many children spend as many as 10 hours a day in early childhood programs, and children depend on their teachers to provide a safe, nurturing place to grow and learn. Unfortunately, some of those children come to child care with experiences of abuse and neglect. High-quality child care centers, with professionals who have action-oriented information, can make a difference for children that has long-lasting benefits. The principles discussed and the strategies described will help teachers understand the importance of their role and build resilience in young children suffering from abuse and neglect. This course provides training suitable for anyone related to or involved in the field of early childhood education.

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

Focusing on the Strengths of Others for Success

2 PD hours Professionalism

We live in a society in which we are always trying to improve and acquire new skills; basically, to get better, or “fix” someone. This workshop focuses on a different approach, that of what is already working well and is inherently a person’s strengths. When we focus on a person’s strengths, we can learn to have a more positive approach to supporting others, communicate more effectively, and focus on the positive.

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

Professionalism and Boundaries for Early Childhood Educators

2 PD hours Professionalism

Reflecting and understanding all that it means to be an early childhood professional is crucial to our work each and every day. This includes understanding how to maintain appropriate boundaries and roles with children, families, and coworkers. This workshop will explore both of these topics through discussion and specific scenarios.

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

Creating and Supporting a Responsive Toddler Room

2 PD hours Development and Learning

This training will demonstrate a developmentally appropriate and responsive learning environment for a toddler classroom. At Dr. Day Care, we refer to this as a Toddler Model Classroom. From this training, you will learn about the typical routines and daily expectations in a toddler classroom.

Organization Registration Link
Dr. Day Care Training Center https://training.drdaycare.com/courses/creating-and-supporting-a-responsive-toddler-classroom-environment/

Creating and Supporting a Developmentally Appropriate Infant Room

2 PD hours Development and Learning

This training will demonstrate a developmentally appropriate learning environment for an Infant classroom. At Dr. Day Care, we refer to this as an Infant Model Classroom. From this training, you will learn about the typical routines and daily expectations in an infant classroom.

Organization Registration Link
Dr. Day Care Training Center https://training.drdaycare.com/courses/creating-and-supporting-a-developmentally-appropriate-infant-room/

Responsive Caregiving: Nurturing Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Responsive caregiving is the foundation of quality infant and toddler care. Nurturing relationships, one component of responsive caregiving, creates a secure base for infants and toddlers to develop socially and emotionally. When infants and toddlers spend time in the care of others in various settings, caregivers and families share the responsibility of developing nurturing relationships. This course begins with an overview of responsive caregiving, then goes deeper into the aspects of developing nurturing relationships with infants and toddlers. Participants will explore Attachment Theory which is at the heart of responsive caregiving, examine the role of the caregiver in understanding social and emotional development, and review a variety of communication strategies that foster nurturing relationships.

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

Creating High Quality Learning Experiences for Children

6 PD hours Development and Learning, Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness, Professionalism

How do you create high quality learning experiences for children? Learn about how to structure your classroom to best meet the needs of all children. Learn about how policies, procedures, and regulations help inform your daily practice. This training is geared for teachers of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age students.

Organization Contact Email
Dr. Day Care Training Center Tracy Cheney, M. Ed. tcheney@drdaycare.com

Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

2 PD hours Family Engagement

Participants will learn skills to effectively communicate with the families of children in their classrooms (ages birth to 12). This training will focus on types of communication skills and tips for effective communication with parents.

Organization Contact Email
Education Consultant Tracy Cheney tlcheney2@gmail.com

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

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

Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behavior to Discover Meaning

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

Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behavior to Discover Meaning includes four lessons that explore and apply the Responsive Process—Watch; Ask “I Wonder” Questions; and Adapt: Using “Flexible Responses”—to the behaviors of very young children. Developed by the Early Head Start National Resource Center, the lessons are delivered in easy-to-read, accessible language and include voice-over narration, written scripts, video examples of appropriate practice, and reflective questions. Program staff, education coordinators, and trainers may use this information to build or refresh their observation skills and responses to children’s behaviors. The lessons are available in English and en Español.

Organization Website
Early Head Start National Resource Center https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/article/digging-deeper-looking-beyond-behavior-discover-meaning

Integrating Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development into Early Childhood Systems

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

This presentation reviews the fundamentals of early childhood mental health and the implications of young children’s social and emotional development for their long-term outcomes. The importance of early brain development and caregiver mental health (especially depression) are highlighted.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association http://www.ideainfanttoddler.org/webinars/D_Perry/lib/playback.html

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

Training Module: Executive Function

1.5 PD hours Development and Learning

The module discusses the science of executive function and self-regulation and how adults can help children build these skills. The module takes about 90 minutes to complete, and users can stop and resume participation, as needed.

Certificate of Completion: No

Organization Website
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Washington State Department of Education http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/training-module-executive-function/

Building a Dynamic Brain: The Influences of Music, Movement, and Nutrition

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

This webinar examines brain and motor development as it relates to the prenatal period and then ages birth to 3. The webinar investigates the relationship between the developing brain, nutrition, and the motor, movement, and music development of infants and toddlers. The webinar also identifies ways that early childhood educators, administrators, and families can support such development in young children. 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/video/building-dynamic-brain-influences-music-movement-nutrition

Devereux Center Upcoming and Archived Webinars

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

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers both live and archived webinars for early childhood educators. Early childhood development experts share information on promoting social skills for children, healthy emotional development, and resilience. From the website, you can access and view recorded presentations, or register for upcoming live webinars. Downloadable handouts also are available. Webinar topics include supporting early learning with challenging behaviors, promoting resilience in adults who care for children, and promoting resilience in children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Organization Website
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children https://centerforresilientchildren.org/home/webinars/

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


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