Center for Early Learning Professionals



At the Center for Early Learning Professionals, we are committed to providing Rhode Island’s early childhood workforce with high-quality professional development opportunities—both in person and online—that are designed to build knowledge and strengthen competencies. Our innovative approach helps educators and administrators connect research to practical strategies proven to make a difference.

  • Intensive, multi-session training series
  • Application assignments between sessions for participants to practice what they are learning
  • Hybrid approach that blends traditional in-person sessions with technology-based learning
  • Activities and strategies designed for adult learners
  • On-site coaching and mentoring to support implementation

Our in-person PD series are open to all early care and education professionals in Rhode Island. 

“Taking the series “Inclusive Practices for Children and Families” increased my knowledge of the different services and agencies in Rhode Island available for children with special needs. I learned specific strategies to advocate for ALL children in my classroom, as well as and how to modify my expectations for each individual child based on his or her skill set.”

“Science Teaching in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Water” was one of the best PD series I’ve taken in a long time. It was fun and engaging, with loads of hands-on learning opportunities. The series highlighted the importance of allowing children’s natural inquiry-driven exploration to guide curriculum planning.

Since taking “Young Children, Big Thinkers,” I have had more conversations with children that deepen their learning and understanding. To my surprise, I have discovered that they know a lot more than I thought! The series taught me to give more thought to the questions I ask and, when planning a lesson, to include targeted and intentional questions and comments.

The preschool math games series was perfect, and the instructors were excellent! The math games that we learned are so much fun and hit so many key math concepts and skills. I often feel pressure as a teacher for my children to show growth and perform. This course reminded me to chill out, praise the effort, and focus on the learning process.

Create an account. Go to to create a user account in the Center’s registration system. If you already have an account, please sign in and check your profile information for accuracy. If you have updates to your profile or trouble signing in, call the Center. We can help.

Search the listings below. Our new search feature will help you find and select PD that is appropriate to your role and aligned with the goals in your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP).

Register for your choice. After finding a PD series that interests you, click on the Register link in the description.

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WKC Domains & Topics




Esta nueva serie de tres partes del Autism Project proporcionará una descripción general del desarrollo típico y atípico, centrándose en las caract...
PD Hours: hasta 10.5 horas de DP
This new 3-part series by the Autism Project will provide an overview of typical and atypical development, with a focus on the characteristics of a...
PD Hours: up to 10.5 PD hours
This 2-part series is an introduction to quality environments and supervision in after school programs.   It will explore the components of an afte...
PD Hours: up to 6 PD hours
Esta oportunidad de desarrollo profesional de dos sesiones ayudará a los proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar a comprender su papel en el apoyo...
PD Hours: hasta 6 horas de DP
The language we use with children is critical to their emotional and academic engagement in school and in everyday life. Participants will explore ...
PD Hours: up to 3 PD hours
A Social Narrative is an evidence-based practice that is easy to create and implement in any setting. This practice consists of a simple story that...
PD Hours: up to 3 PD hours
This training discusses why some children have difficulty engaging in activities. Participants will learn how to structure parts of the day such as...
PD Hours: up to 3 PD hours
This training focuses on how to successfully implement a Safe Place for all children. Conscious Discipline’s My 5 Steps breaks down the regulation ...
PD Hours: up to 3 PD hours
Are you interested in learning how to advocate for early childhood education? In this session, participants will learn about becoming an advocate f...
PD Hours: 2 PD Hours