Washington uses the Early Care and Education and School Age Core Competencies to define what professionals need to know and be able to do when providing high-quality care for children. These competencies are used in the creation of job postings, professional development plans, knowledge assessments and more.
New licensing regulations and changes to the law have brought forth new education requirements for early learning professionals. If you’re a professional who supports early learning providers, please visit our provider page to learn more about these changes.
Washington’s professional development system is committed to providing high quality continuing education experiences to Early Learning and School-age Professionals. Quality adult education in Washington State depends on the knowledge, skills and professionalism of those that provide relationship based professional development (RBPD Professionals) to early childhood educators.
There are various types of RBPD Professionals that support early childhood educators in Washington:
Relationship Based Professional Development Peer Mentor
Provides mentorship and support to peers. These relationships are commonly found across family child care, child care centers, and family, friend, and neighbor providers.
Washington State-Approved Trainer
Provides classes for adult learners using learning objectives, interactions, reflection, application, and assessment.
Relationship Based Professional Development Content Specialist
Uses professional relationships as a primary method to support professional growth and development for adult learners and implements a reflective cycle of inquiry using an evidence-based adult learning process of goal setting, observation, assessment, action planning, reflection and feedback in specific to areas of expertise that support the early learning field. Example areas of specialty: special needs, mental health, health, PreK-3rd grade.
Relationship Based Professional Development Generalist (Coach)
Uses professional relationships as a primary method to support professional growth and development for adult learners and implements a reflective cycle of inquiry using an evidence-based adult learning process of goal setting, observation, assessment, action planning, reflection and feedback. Example roles include Early Achievers Coaches.
Get information on specific roles and their qualifications at the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal.
Washington has various quality standards that guide RBPD Professionals in understanding what they should know and be able to do when developing and delivering quality professional development.
- Washington's Trainer Competencies - outlines the measurable and observable skills necessary to provide high quality professional development.
- Relationship Based Professional Development Competencies - describes the foundational knowledge and skills that all relationship-based professionals must have in order to apply reflective, relationship-based strategies to job-related improvements. To learn more about Relationship-Based Professional Development visit the RBPD page.
- Culturally Responsive Guidelines for Professional Development - provides a lens for professional development creation, delivery, and evaluation for everyone involved in professional development of early childhood educators.
Become a State-Approved Trainer
Washington’s trainer approval process uses an observational method of approval. This process ensures that we have quality training opportunities around the state, that all trainings are grounded in the state’s Core Competencies and Early Learning Guidelines, and establishes a consistent process for reviewing all trainers.
Apply to become a State-Approved Trainer:
Become a Child Care Basics Trainer
Are you passionate about early childhood education? Do you have an interested in building the Washington early learning workforce? If you see yourself in these questions, and are a state-approved trainer in all levels of each of the Core Competencies, you may want to consider becoming a Child Care Basics trainer. Child Care Basics is a 30-hour, foundational curriculum that covers a broad range of topics that all providers who would like to work unsupervised with children must complete.
In order to receive more information about becoming a Child Care Basics trainer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.