Advancing The Profession /

Professional Development

An excellent profession is built upon an exemplary system of professional development opportunities (PD) at every stage of the career path. Opportunities for PD lead to improvements in the knowledge, skills, practices of early childhood professionals and help to fulfill the vision of a profession recognized as vital – and one that performs a critical role in our society. As early childhood professionals, we must continually learn and change.  Regardless of our role in early childhood, professional development provides us with important education and training to develop the skills and competencies that improve delivery of services.  

  • Montana Early Childhood Project:  click here for the state wide training calendar. 
  • Child Care Training Child care providers have one of the most important jobs - the care and education of children during the most crucial early learning years. provides courses that cover critical early childhood issues and contain relevant information. Through course activities, students gain practical application and knowledge of the material, which we hope will inspire improvement in overall practice.
  • NAEYC Professional Development opportunities are designed for early childhood professionals at every stage of the career ladder. Learn more about how NAEYC defines early childhood professional development across training, technical assistance, and adult education, through professional development glossaries.
  • Power to the Profession, a national collaboration led by NAEYC, defines the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.

Early Childhood Higher Education Programs