Professional Development Opportunities

Offering high quality professional development provided throughout the region.


Newly hired kindergarten teachers are required to sign-up for training through the OSPI website
WaKIDS is an observational assessment used in kindergarten to begin to understand what children know and where they may need support from educators.

WaKIDS 101 is the one-time training required for all kindergarten teachers new to WaKIDS. This includes Transitional Kindergarten and certificated special education teachers who provide instruction to kindergarten students with disabilities. The training introduces all three components of WaKIDS, including its purpose, structure, and possibility. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills to begin implementing all components of WaKIDS, including using GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies® online. With the completion of their GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies® Inter-Rater Reliability Certification, teachers will leave feeling confident and ready for fall training. 

For more information, contact: Kristin Monson (509) 789-3531 or [email protected]

Teaching Strategies - Distance Learning Solutions is a free summer webinar series to help teachers prepare for multiple back-to-school scenarios. Click on the link for dates and registration.

Join Teaching Strategies® product leadership to learn about our new Distance Learning Solution. Teaching Strategies’ Distance Learning Solution will offer programs the leading early childhood education solution to ensure each and every child receives a strong foundation for success in school and in life no matter the back-to-school scenario—distance learning, a traditional classroom setting, or hybrid model.

Join us to explore how you can:

  • Prepare for any back-to-school scenario—distance learning, traditional classroom, or hybrid models easily pivoting between print and digital.

  • Ensure 24/7 access to your curriculum including new family resources.

  • Build powerful family partnerships with new two-way communication, family observations, and a robust library of videos modeling learning activities that families can do at home.

  • Set teachers up for success in adapting to substantial change with unlimited access to a robust library of on-demand online courses to help them keep up with the most current early childhood best practices for classroom or remote learning.

  • Integrate formative assessment to assess COVID-19 learning loss, meet children’s individual needs, and ensure all children can progress.

Trainings around the region are listed below or on the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) website.

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The purpose of Washington STARS (State Training And Registry System)is to ensure quality care for all children in our state through increased opportunities for basic and on-going training for child care, early education, and school age providers. STARS emerged from a widespread call from both child care providers and consumers for increased training and compensation to improve the quality of care for children and youth. 

For more information about STARS or MERIT please visit the MERIT website.

University of Washington - Center for Public Health Nutrition
Early Learning STARS Training - Free online training for early care and education professionals
Nourished & Active in Early Learning Series
Healthy child development depends on eating nutritious food and being physically active every day. This is especially important during early childhood when young children are rapidly building their brains and bodies.

Blueprints for Learning
is a nonprofit organization working to increase the quality of child care in our community.

For more information about classes go to the website:

Call to register: (509) 777-0822 ext. 5, fax registrations to: (509) 777-0855, or email: [email protected]

Classes are held at 35 W. Main in The Community Building (unless otherwise noted).

30 Hour Basic STARS Training: Meet WA State DEL Licensing requirements for new staff in a fun, engaging atmosphere. This in-person training is suitable for centers, family child care, and school-age programs. All classes are held in our training room. Some work outside of class is required. 

Registration is required. You may register online at

Please bring payment to the first class or send in prior. Students must attend all classes to receive credit and be eligible for reimbursement. There will be no make-up assignments offered. If a class is missed, it must be made up in the next series offered.

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