Early Childhood PD Resources

Sites that provide a broad array of early childhood professional development resources:

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative was conceived, in part, to counter the “siloing” effect that delays and distorts the transition of scientific knowledge into policy and practice. While scientists now know that children’s early experiences lay the groundwork for lifelong health, this knowledge is not always reflected in policy and practice. They have a wealth of resources for professional development including a new video, “How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development.”

Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

The mission of Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia is to advance the quality and impact of teaching through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education.  Many projects focus on infants/toddlers and prekindergarten children.

Early Educator Central

This resource is from the US Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start.  It provides a wealth of information and resources for teachers, administrators, trainers/coaches, and professional development system administrators related to high quality infant-toddler early learning.

Early Childhood Encyclopedia

This Encyclopedia, published on the Internet, covers topics related to the development of the child, from conception to the age of five, and presents the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. The Encyclopedia is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD)

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

The ECLKC is a part of the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system designed to support Head Start  program staff in delivering high-quality, evidence-based  services to children and families.

Early Childhood Personnel Development Center

The ECPC is funded by the United States Department of Education to serve as a national resource on personnel standards, competencies, and recommended practices;  assist States in aligning personnel standards to national professional organization standards for personnel who serve children with disabilities and their families; assist state agencies and IHEs in partnering to align preservice and inservice training; and assist States to develop an integrated and comprehensive system of personnel development for all who those serve children (aged birth to 5) with disabilities and their families. The Early Childhood Personnel Center is a project of the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) is a national center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support early intervention and preschool special education programs and practitioners. The ECTA Center assists states in building effective, efficient systems; scaling up and sustaining effective services; and, promoting research-based interventions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. The Center is built upon the foundation of several successful OSEP-funded TA centers including NECTAC, TACSEI, CELL, and ECO.

Frank Porter Graham Professional Development Center

The Frank Porter Graham Professional Development Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers institutes and intensive workshops, online learning, technical assistance services, and study visits in areas related to child development and learning.  Evidence-based practices, research and evaluation methodologies, and systems building and change are among the subject areas.


HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  HighScope’s mission is to lift lives through education.  Although much of their focus is on training to support those who use the HighScope Curriculum or assessments, many courses and workshops reflect best practice and are useful to anyone, regardless of the curriculum or assessments used.  Training includes online courses, workshops, and conferences.

The IRIS Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center is headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Their primary objective is to create resources about evidence-based practices for use in preservice preparation and professional development programs. IRIS then disseminates and offers trainings on those resources. IRIS has resources on a wide range of topics including early intervention/early childhood, collaboration, and behavior management

National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center)

ACF’s Office of Child Care (OCC) and Office of Head Start (OHS) created the PDW Center to work with Child Care and Development Fund grantees, Head Start/Early Head Start leaders, and their partners to design and implement professional development systems that align with other quality improvement efforts within and across early childhood and school-age settings, sectors, and systems. All of the PDW Center’s services and activities support OCC’s goal of improving teaching and learning through training and TA.

QRIS National Learning Network

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network was formed by a coalition of states and organizations united in the desire to use rating and improvement strategies to elevate the quality of care in state early care and education systems and to support and improve children’s develop.

Teaching Channel

Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.  The website includes access to videos, a newsletter, and a blog.   Teaching Channel is a non-profit organization.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies is an early childhood education company that provides innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through kindergarten.  Teaching Strategies offers products such as The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and Teaching Strategies GOLD®.  Professional development options include books, videos, online coursework, in-person workshops, and an online CDA program.

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center

The  Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center provides information, resources and a broad range of professional development efforts specifically designed for early interventionists, students, families, faculty and all committed to ongoing learning. The Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center was created as part of Virginia’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) and is maintained by the Integrated Training Collaborative and the Partnership for People with Disabilities.

Virginia Shared Services Network

The Virginia Shared Services Network is an initiative of Child Care Aware of Virginia designed to promote quality child care.  The “Training” and “Library” tabs on their website provide links to professional development opportunities and  resources useful for professional development.

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.  Their free video series, The Magic of Everyday Moments,  explores key aspects of early childhood development and s how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers.