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.

The recently updated Trainer Approval Program (TAP) Manual is now available on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) TAP webpage. The Division of Early Learning (DEL) is committed to providing a clear message to our professional workforce to use developmentally appropriate best practices that reflect current and evidence-based research in the early care and education (ECE) field. The TAP Manual covers the comprehensive and detailed procedural guidance needed as an OSSE-certified trainer of ECE professionals in the District.

For those interested in becoming a TAP-certified trainer, there will be an information session in November or December. Please look out for it in the Professional Development Information System (PDIS) course catalog. For current TAP-certified trainers, there will be a training to include a review of the updated TAP Manual as well as new related policies and procedures in November or December, which will also be posted in PDIS.

If you have any questions about the updated manual or anything else related to TAP, please contact DC Child Care Connections (DC CCC) at or (202) 678-0027. DC CCC manages the TAP process on behalf of OSSE.