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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Time Management: Making the Clock Work for You

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

Do you find yourself running out of time? Often, it seems there just are not enough hours in the day to fit everything in. This workshop explores common mistakes regarding managing time (such as multi-tasking, procrastinating, not creating goals, etc.) and steps one can take to make improvements.

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

Developing and Implementing a PBIS Model in Your Program (to Assist with Challenging Behaviors)

6 PD Hours Physical and Mental Health, Safety, and Wellness

Are you looking for assistance with both classroom and behavior management that moves beyond quick fixes and magic wands? Then this is the workshop for you! This training will introduce participants to the basics of PBIS (Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports) and help them develop and implement a system- wide approach to teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors. Participants will also be offered specific social-emotional examples of tools to implement in their classrooms and be able to view short video clips of exemplary classrooms. Some examples are picture schedules and social stories.

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

Learning Every Day Through the Senses

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

This course offers an overview of the principles, concepts, and foundations of infant/toddler development; it concentrates on how caregivers can enhance sensory development and provide modifications for infants, toddlers, and twos who need additional supports. This course provides training suitable for teachers working with students from infancy to kindergarten.

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

Juggling Act — Schedules, Routines, and Transitions

4 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Connect consistent, balanced schedules, routines, and transitions to enhance children’s emotional and social competence skills. Accomplish these connections through analysis of classroom challenges and plans for necessary changes. This course provides training suitable for individuals working within a learning environment designed for students from infancy to kindergarten.

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

Foundations for Learning Every Day

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

This course provides an overview of key areas that underpin best practices in preschool education to include brain development, social and emotional development, the learning environment, language and literacy development, and math and science concepts that build critical thinking skills. This course provides training suitable for teachers working with students from infancy to kindergarten.

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

Creating a Responsive and Supportive Environment for ALL Children

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

Creating a responsive and supportive environment includes many elements: designing effective physical spaces that match the developmental needs of the children, selecting and using appropriate materials, creating a structure of the day through a consistent schedule and routine, and sending positive messages through positive relationships.

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

Teacher Leadership

3 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

In every preschool, there are teachers whose vision extends beyond their own classrooms—even beyond their own teams or programs. They recognize that a child’s experiences depend not only on interaction with individual teachers, but also on curriculum choices, program culture, and community engagement. This awareness drives these teachers to want to influence programmatic decisions. They experience professional restlessness. Sometimes through their own initiative and sometimes because of a formal process, these teachers find ways to become teacher leaders. Through interactive learning activities, group discussion forums, multimedia learning experiences, and reflective writing exercises, participants will learn to identify the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to become effective teacher leaders.

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

Active Minds/Active Bodies Part 2: Continuing the Journey — Helping Children Benefit from a Focus on Physical Activity and Nutrition

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

This training is the second part of my first Active Minds/Active Bodies workshop. Its purpose is to help participants continue their work in integrating both physical activities and nutritional activities into their daily routines.

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

Active Minds/Active Bodies Part 3: Extending the Journey Further — Helping Children Benefit from a Focus on Physical Activity and Nutrition

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

This training is the third training of my first two Active Minds/Active Bodies workshops. The purpose of this training is to further help participants continue their work of integrating both physically active learning opportunities and nutritional activities into their daily routines on an ongoing basis.

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

Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Social Studies in the Early Childhood Classroom — Learning about People and Places

2 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning

For young children, learning about social studies begins with children making friends, building upon emerging social-emotional skills, and then grows to exploring the local community and beyond. This training will explore the various components that make up a developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum and help teachers with their implementation.

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

Following the Leader

2 PD hours Leadership and Program Management, Professionalism

This workshop will explore various characteristics of leadership and how every early childhood professional (regardless of role or title) has a unique opportunity to be a leader in his/her own way. While there are certain universal qualities that all leaders embody, the early childhood field includes some unique traits that will be discussed and shared, including communication with families, advocacy work, and community involvement.

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

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/

Teaching Strategies® Online PD Courses

10 PD hours Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Teaching Strategies® offers robust online courses that provide early childhood educators with the opportunity to extend their learning in ways that fit their schedule and allow them to earn CEU credit upon completion. Each course contains learning activities (e.g., tutorials, applications, and knowledge extension articles) that are organized into several different topics, called “interests.” The courses are designed in a flexible and modular format so that users can complete the course “interests” in the order that best suits their individual needs.

Teaching Strategies® online courses can be completed by individual teachers or purchased by programs for program-wide PD initiatives. Courses are available for family child care educators, program administrators, preschool and Pre-K teachers, and infant and toddler teachers. Each course is 10 hours; participants can complete the courses at their own pace.

Organization Website
Teaching Strategies® https://teachingstrategies.com/solutions/develop/online-professional-development-course/

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

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

Teaching Strategies® On-Demand Webinars

PD hours vary Child Assessment, Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

Teaching Strategies® offers recorded, on-demand webinars on diverse topics, including language and literacy, child development, teacher-child interactions, curriculum, inclusion, and family engagement. Early childhood educators can access the webinars for free and watch them anytime, anywhere.

Organization Website
Teaching Strategies® https://teachingstrategies.com/blog/webinars/

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

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/

EarlyEDU Alliance Online Courses

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

The EarlyEdU Alliance offers competency-based online courses in early childhood education that combine theory and the latest research with students’ field-based learning. The conceptual framework that undergirds the approach is that of intentional teaching, which requires teachers to know what to do in the moment, see effective teaching in themselves and others, do these practices in the classroom, reflect on what works and what does not, and improve with thoughtful practices.

Course topics include child assessment, executive function, children’s health and well-being, family engagement, infant mental health, supporting dual language learners, and more. To enroll in a course, participants must create a free membership with the Alliance.

Organization Website
EarlyEDU Alliance https://www.earlyedualliance.org/courses/

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


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