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A staff member’s position and the type of child care determine what training or professional development(PD) is required. Please make sure the trainings you are taking and can be used to fulfill requirements for licensing and/or Quality Assured hours for Delaware Stars. Below is information about some training requirements and options:
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood’s professional development department is dedicated to maximizing the healthy growth and development of Delaware’s children by supporting quality early care and educational programming for all children. In partnerships, the Institute works to create and sustain a system for enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of those who work with children from birth through age twelve. DIEEC links Early Childhood Educators with professional development opportunities through instruction and individual technical support.
Delaware First Professional Development for Early Childhood is known as Delaware First. Delaware First is a system where an early learning professional’s trainings are reviewed. The review will determine their level so that he/she can work in early childhood centers or school-age programs. Delaware First also offers Career Advisement before and during the process.
Delaware Professional Development Now offers quality assured online professional development courses.
Better Kid Care- Penn State Extension, known as Better Kid Care, offers low cost online and mail order training for child care providers.
Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC), part of Head Start, offers a variety of online trainings and webinars developed for their staff, but they are open to anyone. Look on their website for upcoming events.