Professional Development & Training



Child Care Aware Professional Development and Training opportunities seek to positively impact the experiences of children in all child care settings by expanding the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs of those who care for them. 

Training Quick Reference & Policies

Do you speak Hmong? Somali? Spanish? A language access line is available for anyone using child care resource and referral services. Parents and guardians may call 1-888-291-9811 for personal support in their home language.

  • For Southeast Asian/Hmong services, call 651-665-0150, option 3
  • For Somali services, call 651-665-0150, option 4
  • For Spanish services, call 651-665-0150, option 2
  • For services in all other languages, call 651-665-0150, and press #5

Professional Development Advising

Professional Development Advisors work with you to obtain Parent Aware training, CDA training/advising, and Higher Education advising. They also work to set Professional Development goals with Parent Aware participants. 

Our Workforce advisors can also help connect you with the Empower to Educate program which helps current and aspiring early childhood educators advance and sustain their career goals in child care. Our workforce development program offers financial support, free training options, job skills training, job placement support, and mentorship opportunities. Participants also receive ongoing support from a local Workforce Advisor. For more information please visit Empower to Educate.

Develop offers professional development and quality improvement tools to support early learning and school-age care; which includes your Develop approved Learning Records. 

This is the one-stop shop where you and your organization can get the tools to build upon your success. 

To find out more, please visit the Develop website. 

Contact Information: 

P: 844-605-6938

Achieve uses the Develop system to process membership application submissions and to provide you with personalized membership application support based on your needs and goals. To learn more, please visit Achieve’s website. 

Contact Information: 

P: 855-378-3131

Pine Technical and Community College offers a variety of  Affordable, Early Childhood program options, including traditional coursework and Accelerated Online options. Check out the Early Childhood Development and Accelerated Early Childhood Certificate page for more information. 

Live Online Training Classrooms - Resources

Achieve, The Minnesota Center for Professional Development has designed the Virtual Career Guide, a tool developed to guide professionals in advancing their skills.

The Career Lattice is a career development path to help Early Childhood Educators.

Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Frameworks for Early Childhood Professionals are based on specific areas of focus. Versions are available for those working with infants and toddlers, family child care providers, and preschool-age children in center and school programs. All versions include the skills needed to work with young children, with more specific skills added for the area of specialization. 

The framework combines what an early childhood educator needs to know about research and theory, alongside the skills and abilities needed to work effectively in the field. The framework aligns vertically to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) Standards and horizontally to show a progression of skill development. 

The Knowledge and Competency Frameworks can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education Website. 

Eager-to-Learn online courses are designed to provide quality, accessible, educational opportunities for people who care for children. A leader in the field, Eager-to-Learn is built upon several decades of research supporting the effectiveness and universal reach of the online learning model. Making the most of the ways technology brings us together, the program never strays from the timeless ideals of the classroom, including community building and communication.  

Eager-to-Learn offers two types of learning platforms: 

  1. Using the Traditional Online Learning Platform, participants meet weekly with the instructions and other participants using chat and message board posts. Participants will have homework outside of class time. 
  1. Anytime Learning classes can be taken at anytime and are Self-paced. 

To find out more, please visit the Eager To Learn website. 

Conferences, Promotions, and Special Events

The Together We Grow Early Childhood Conference will be held at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Jan. 26th and 27th, 2024.

For more information:

Information coming soon

Tailored Training is open to any group or Association and can be held in-person or Live Online. 

Cost of Tailored Training varies depending on available grants & funding. 

Tailored Training Request Form 

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