I Support Early Learning Providers

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.

Roles

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

Qualifications

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.

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:

Trainer Approval Process instructions | Spanish

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 training@dcyf.wa.gov.