Professional Development

Early childhood teachers and caregivers are always learning and growing. Seeking out professional development will help you learn new skills and help keep you up to date on the latest research and best practices. 

Professional development can advance your career and improve the care you offer.

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

Explore OEC’s professional development resources

Core Knowledge and Competency Frameworks

These are expectations for what professionals should know and be able to do. Whether you work with children and families or provide technical assistance and support to teachers and administrators, we have tools to help you plan your next steps. Learn about the core knowledge and competency frameworks.

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.

Program Leadership Initiative (PLI)

PLI offers college-credit coursework and other professional development opportunities for early care and education program administrators. Learn more about PLI.

Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a framework that helps programs and teachers implement key evidence-based practices to better support children and families. Learn about the Pyramid Model.

Last updated July 19, 2023