Professional Development Oppurtunities

STARS Approved Local Trainings   

North Office

For more information on registration please call 509-484-0048 or email 

Central Office

For more information on registration please call 800-446-2229 or email

South Office

For more information on registration please call 800-446-2229 or email

Child Development Associate Certification Course    

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education offered by the Council for Professional Recognition, a national organization committed to improving the quality of childcare throughout the United States. This program includes 120 hours of coursework during one nightly class per week for one year, on-site mentoring, and an opportunity to learn alongside others. Instructors strive to build a supportive, individualized relationship with each student working with their particular childcare setting and age group.

Offered By: Blue Prints For Learning
Classes run throughout the year.
Where: Community Building in Downtown Spokane 
Cost: Approximately $600, scholarships are available.
Contact: Bobbi Cobb at (509) 777-0822 or   

Mandatory Subsidy Training

Licensed Child Care Providers and Family & Relative Care Givers (non-licensed) who accept DSHS Subsidies are  required to complete a mandatory subsidy billing training by the end of June 2011.  This is part of the collective bargaining agreement between DEL and the union(SIEU). This training began in May 2010, so if you took the training prior to that date, you will need to take it again. These classes are available in person (see chart below) or ONLINE at The link is located at the top-left hand side of the page.  To take this class in person, please call 1-800-446-2229 or 509-482-0996. You must be registered to take a class.


Subsidy Training is CLOSED as of June 30, 2011. If you have any questions, please call 509-482-0996. Classes will be scheduled to start up again in January of 2012.

The number for SIEU 925 membership support department is 877-734-8673.


State Conferences and Trainings:  

 Click here for our Newsletter which contains information on required health trainings (Page 9) and other upcoming trainings and conferences.    

Here is the Schedule>> for additional trainings and conferences.

Additional statewide conferences and trainings can be found through the Professional Development page of the Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network.

National Conferences 
None are listed at this time. Please check back regularly for updates.


Request topics

Please fill out this survey to help plan this years trainings or consulting/ technical assistance topics. Request here >>

After you have filled out the survey please email it back to  

Local Schooling:

Spokane Community College: Offers an ECE degree that lasts 2 years, Associate in Early Education.   

Registration: For information on how to register for any trainings call our provider line at 482-0996.

Online Trainings:    

Region K South  is currently developing online CDA courses, stay tuned for more information.


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