Trainer Approval Program

Trainer Approval Program ensures that early learning trainers are individuals that possess professional career experiences and education in the field that are both relevant and aligned with the mission of the Division of Early Learning Professional Development.

Certified Trainers are well versed in their areas of expertise and specific Core Knowledge Area(s) and demonstrate their understanding of the DC Common Core Early Learning Standards. The goal of the application for certified trainers is to ensure the District of Columbia early care and education workforce has access to high-quality training opportunities by interacting and learning with qualified presenters who will positively impact the quality of the care, teaching and learning that truly benefit children and families.

Current research shows that when early childhood practitioners achieve higher levels of formal education and receive specialized training with support, they are more likely to function as a highly effective work force, use evidence-based practices and sustain an ongoing professional commitment to the field.

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