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The Professional Development Academy

The Professional Development Academy Continuing education for early learning professionals child care training

Meeting Your Training Needs

Because Our Success, Is Yours


We know you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing your continuing education. Child Care Aware of Washington's Professional Development Academy has been providing professional development training and continuing education for over 26 years. During this time we have become the most trusted, valued and connected training source in Washington State.

Key Advantages Woman ready for class

  • Quality assurance
  • Partners with the Department of Early Learning
  • Connected to Early Achievers
  • Our instructors have field experience and go through a rigorous approval process
  • Statewide training offered
  • Cost effective
  • Well-established and trusted relationships with child care providers

What We Offer

  • Training for all levels
  • Individually targeted for centers or family child care
  • Researched-based trainings
  • Responsive training to unique community needs
  • Basic and continuing education options
  • Customized training at your facility
  • Training specifically for adult learners
  • Connection to other resources

What You Get

  • STARS hours
  • CDA clock hours
  • Quality assurance
  • Technical Assistance
  • Take classes together with other providers in your community
  • A state-approved trainer who knows Early Achievers
  • Training to match your skill level and experience

Training Types

  • Hands-on, hybrid, online, book club
  • Core competency alignment
  • Early Achievers alignment
  • Custom designed for an individual provider or community need


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