Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching Stragegies Gold Two-Day Introduction Training

Thursday, April 30 & Friday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact: Kristin Monson (509) 789-3531 or

WaKIDS 101
This training is open for anyone interested in a refresher or learning more about WaKIDS.
Who can attend: Kindergarten teachers (not previously trained or trained before 2016, administrators, special education teachers, district assessment coordinators, specialists, or anyone working with kindergarten students. 
Sub reimbursement and IRR incentive will only be available to teachers new to WaKIDS as of 2019-2020 who were not previously trained. 
Free Clock Hours provided by OSPI
Cost: FREE
Where: NEWESD 101, Talbott Event Center, 4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA

To register for any of the classes, choose the link below:
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact: Kristin Monson (509) 789-3531 or

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.

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:

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.