Professional Development Opportunities

WaKIDS: What's Next? For Teachers and Administrators
November 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NEWESD 101 *New* Conference Center

Checkpoints are finalized and the data has been submitted. Now what? Join kindergarten teachers and administrators in deepening an understanding of WaKIDS implementation and next steps. 

* Learn how to access and effectively use WaKIDS data to inform instruction and document student growth
* Explore whole child, observation based assessments practices
* Learn ways to make WaKIDS meaningful and manageable within the everyday classroom setting
* Connect with other educators to share implementation strategies

Cost = $50 (lunch on your own); Clock Hours available to purchase in addition to registration ($2 per clock hour - $10 minimum)

Registration: Go Sign Me Up
Login or create a profile if you have not done so. Click on Center for Early Childhood Services. Click on Early Numeracy & Full-Day Kindergarten Trainings. For questions, please contact Anne Knott at (509) 789-3524 or email 

Save the Date for two Dinner and Dialogue Sessions

March 5, 2019

The highest rate of economic returns comes from the earliest investments in children.

You are cordially invited to join early learning leaders and educators from across Northeast Washington for a community conversation focused on early learning and the current landscape of our state and region.

Enjoy an evening of networking and collaborating

  • Receive and share early learning resources

  • Discover ways to build new partnerships and support one another

  • Learn more about our region's vision for early learning

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.

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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.

The Spokane Public Library and Community-Minded Enterprises offers STARS classes for childcare providers, teachers, and parents. 

Enhancing Storytime with Nursery Rhyme and Flannel Board
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the South Hill Library

For early learning professionals and parents of preschoolers. Learn the benefits of using felt stories and nursery rhymes in circle time or storytime. Participants will leave with two flannel sets they can use right away. Presented in conjunction with Community-Minded Enterprises. 2.5 STARS hours. Light refreshments provided. Registration requested.
CME Registration Link

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.