Professional Development (draft)

Elevate your career with OEC’s professional development resources

Investing in your professional growth as an early childhood educator will benefit both you and the children you serve.

Our trainings and professional development opportunities are:

  • Low-cost or free. For some trainings, OEC can pay the fee for you! [I made this up]
  • Available in different formats to meet your needs. We can connect you with in-person, online, and pre-recorded trainings.

Why Professional Development matters

Build your skills and knowledge
Build your skills and knowledge
Discover new ways to teach children and provide them with an engaging learning environment.
Get a competitive edge
Get a competitive edge
Professional development can help you stand out when you’re looking for a promotion or new job.
Earn credentials
Earn credentials
Meet qualifications to comply with regulations or open up new opportunities.

Get started now with our online mini-trainings

Dive into quick, 15-minute trainings covering topics like effective communication with parents, creative play ideas, or nutrition tips for young children.

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Browse our calendar of trainings

OEC now has dozens of trainings available on Protraxx — an online tool for sharing trainings for educators and child care providers.

Use the calendar view to find and sign up for trainings happening soon.

Find trainings on specific topics

Build your business

Child care programs are businesses — and we want to help yours succeed.

Get training in child care business essentials, marketing, and more. WBDC offers comprehensive business development services to help home- and center-based providers launch, sustain, and grow their businesses. Check out WBDC’s calendar of trainings.

Get technology training to improve your program. Access professional learning to help you use technology to run an effective and efficient business. Explore the GEER Online Learning Hub.

Support social emotional development

Deepen your understanding of how children learn and grow — and learn practical approaches you can apply right now in your classroom

Learn how to implement the Pyramid Model in your classroom — a framework that will help you develop supportive, nurturing environments. The self-paced trainings take about 18 hours to complete. Watch the training on evidence-based practices.

Health and safety

Get training in First Aid, CPR, Medication Administration, Epi Pen use, and more. 

Get certified

Choose from 211 Child Care’s in-person or virtual trainings. They include Pediatric First Aid CPR AED, Medication Administration (with Anaphylaxis and Emergency Medication) and an EpiPen Refresher training.

Other essential resources

Early Childhood Professional Registry: The OEC’s Registry is a free workforce resource for all early childhood settings. Access training, track your career progress, find out about OEC scholarships, and discover other supports and resources. Learn about the Early Childhood Professional Registry.

Last updated December 8, 2023