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Professional Development

Professional Development Training Academy

Our Professional Development Academy offers a wide variety of STARS classes for early childhood educators. Our classes are: 

  • Taught by MERIT-approved early learning experts who understand your work.
  • Designed to support your success in Early Achievers.
  • Supported with follow-up coaching, as appropriate and needed. 
  • Written to allow you to interact and share with other people who do what you do.
  • Reimbursed through MERIT, for those with a MERIT account.

Classes are held in Olympia, Bremerton, Aberdeen and Shelton. Click to view a calendar of our scheduled classes or download our current course catalog.

Customized Training for Centers

CCAC offers customized classes for center directors who want to provide a class for an entire staff. Customized classes for centers:

  • Are based on a center's current needs and goals.
  • Provide an entire staff with the same foundation of knowledge.
  • Are fully aligned with Early Achievers.
  • Are offered in collaboration with Early Achievers coaches, who can reinforce learning.
  • Can be very affordable: About $100 per hour, regardless of group size. Talk to CCAC about ways to reduce the cost by partnering with another center or by opening your class to child care providers in the community. 

Customized training must be scheduled by the following deadlines:

  • By Aug. 30 for Oct.-Dec. classes
  • By Nov. 27 for Jan.-Mar. classes
  • By Feb. 28 for Apr.-June classes
  • By May 29 for July-Sept. classes

For more information on customized training, call Connie Dougherty at 360-786- 8907, ext. 108.


 

Updates & Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Agency Update

For a list of Child Care Action Council cancellations and postponed events, please go to our Health and Safety Updates page.
 
Child Care Appreciation Day, May 8th
**Nominate your child care provider!**

If you would like to nominate your child care provider for a chance to win a $100 gift card for their classrooms*, please submit your nomination by May 7th: https://www.ccacwa.org/nominate-your-child-care-provider
 
*Please note, this contest is for Washington State licensed child care providers in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties only.