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.

Review this list of organizations whose PD is approved:

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

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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

Safe Spaces and Places to Grow and Learn

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

This course prepares early childhood teachers to create and maintain a safe environment for young children. The focus will be on risk factors for injury as they relate to stages of development, strategies to prevent injury, and active supervision. Information will be provided for participants to access rules and regulations, national standards, safety checklists, product recalls, and more. The safety of children is the number one mission of early childhood organizations and it is the first principle of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment (P-1.1). Early childhood teachers have a tremendous responsibility to keep the children in their care safe while they provide them with rich and engaging opportunities for learning. The principles discussed and the strategies described will help teachers implement injury prevention practices that meet the needs of the individual children in their care. This course provides training suitable for teachers working within early childhood education (infancy–kindergarten).

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

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

PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning for PreK-2 Teachers

1-4 PD hours Curriculum, Development and Learning, Family Engagement

PBS KIDS offers over 20 self-paced online learning modules on a variety of topics ranging from supporting dual language learners to implementing engaging science learning in the classroom. Each course provides key background information about the topic, application strategies and lesson planning support. Courses are also aligned to state learning standards.

Organization Website
PBS KIDS https://teach.pbskids.org/

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

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/

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

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

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/

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

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/

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/

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


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