Professional Development Opportunities

STEM in Early Learning Classrooms
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
NEWESD 101, 4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA - Talbott Event Center, Panorama & Bi County Rooms.

STEM Workshop with Kate Hellenthal
This one-day workshop is for prekindergarten through first grade teachers and will consist of four sessions focused on implementing and enhancing STEM instruction in the early learning classroom.

To Register: go to
Login or create a profile if you have not done so. Click on Center for Early Childhood Services. Click on Early Learning then choose STEM in the Early Learning Classroom.

Cost $50 (lunch on your own)
STARS Credit Available
STEM Clock Hours available for purchase

For questions or more information, contact Rachel Eifler at (509) 789-3522 or

Growing Kindergarten Conference

June 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. & June 20, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Northwood Middle School
, 12908 N Pittsburg Street, Spokane, WA 99208
Cost: $125 by March 31 then $150 after April 1

Growing K is a conference dedicated to all things kindergarten. This conference is an opportunity for kindergarten teachers from around the region to network and learn together. Much happens during the kindergarten year that makes it special, including welcoming families into the K-12 system, facilitating student success in a developmentally appropriate, standards-based environment, and forging "school readiness" partnerships with the early learning community.

This day and a half conference will feature a keynote message from Kristi Dominguez from Bellingham School District about the importance of play in early learning classrooms. Participants will engage in breakout sessions related to kindergarten readiness, WaKIDS, special education, family engagement, and social emotional learning. Day two will be a day dedicated to early STEM with four STEM clock hours available. Lunch will be served both days.

For more information, contact Rachel Eifler (509) 789-3522 or

To Register: go to
Login or create a profile. Click on Center for Early Childhood Services. Click Full Day Kindergarten, then choose Growing Kindergarten. 

Dinner and Dialogue: A Community Conversation about Early Learning in our region..
For questions or more information, contact Rachel Eifler at (509) 789-3522 or

Dinner and Dialogue presentation from Oct. 2, 2018


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

Photo of girl with start on her eyes


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.