Professional development is hard to attain for child care professionals. You work all day with the children and then need to find time at nights or on weekends to further develop professionally. There are a variety of reasons professional learning needs to be easily accessible, varietal and credible for the child care field. Some of those reasons might be, but are certainly not limited to:
- Federal regulation in order to accept subsidy payments (under the new CCDBG rule),
- State regulation for subsidy, to get licensed/registered or to maintain that status, and;
- Continuing education requirements for accreditations or credentials.
Many organizations have realized the need for training that is affordable, accessible, and relevant. Listed below are some options to look into.
- Better Kid Care has developed a wide range of trainings for child care professionals. Some are directed to the family child care provider and many are for child care professionals in general. You can access these courses for free and then pay a nominal fee for the continuing education unit(s). They even have a state map to show where their courses will meet state specific requirements. Notable here, as well, is the Health and Safety Basics Requirements. This training is produced to meet the requirements of the new CCDBG health and safety training requirements. Find out if your state approves this training for your requirements.
- Early Childhood Investigations Webinars offers professional development opportunitiesthat transcend the obstacles of distance, time, and money by offering conference-quality early childhood webinars. These webinars are produced regularly and if you can't make it during the time it is offered, you can sign up and they will send you the recording. Certificates and CEUs are now available as well!
- Child Care Education Institute specializes in providing online training and certificates, child care registry development, and administrative solutions for the early care and education industry. As a leading distance training provider in child care, CCEI offers professionals 100+ online child care training courses in English and Spanish to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start requirements. Coursework offered by CCEI is used to meet the education needs of practitioners in a range of settings, including family child care, preschool, prekindergarten, nanny care, “daycare” centers, and more. In addition to professional development, CCEI offers online certificate programs that help meet the coursework requirements for national credentials, such as the Child Development Associate, Online Director Credentials, Early Childhood Credential, renewals, custom programs, and other continuing education options.
- ProSolutions Training has more than 100 individual courses available in numerous early care and education and human services subject areas (in English and in Spanish). Our coursework is skills-based and encourages students to reflect on their own individual teaching or professional style, transferring the knowledge they gain to their work settings.
- Early Educator Central is a resource focused on supporting professional development needs for those caring for infants and toddlers.
- NAFCC also has an online professional development option featuring webinars from Tom Copeland.
Don't forget about your local universities, licensing agencies, child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies, quality rating and improvement supports (QRIS) and other support networks for early learning professional development.
What do you use for your professional development trainings?