Online Training

Modules, Courses, and Webinars:

Better Kid Care

Through Penn State Extension, Better Kid Care’s free distance education program assists childcare providers in obtaining research-based professional development.  Over 100 on-demand lessons address a wide variety of early childhood topics.

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control offers a free course, “Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns.”  The one-hour course consists of four modules: why monitoring children’s development is important, why caregivers have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring, how to easily monitor each child’s developmental milestones, and how to talk with parents about their child’s development.

Child Care Aware of Virginia’s Online Training Academy

Child Care Award (CCA) training courses are designed to help early childhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, CDA credential renewal, or in-service training.  Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Colorado Results Matter

The Colorado Department of Education produces videos for professional development activities.  A wide range of topics are addressed including early intervention, home visiting, and technology use.

Early Childhood Investigations

Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders.  All of the webinars are recorded and may be viewed live or via recording.  Topics include curriculum, child development, child care administration, technology, and many more!

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.  They host and archive webinars regularly on topics including inclusion, autism, child outcomes, and evidence-based practices.

National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

Join Head Start’s National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning on the fourth Monday of each month from 1–1:45 p.m. ET for a facilitated broadcast call on research and implications for practical application.  Guest presenters include well known researchers and other leaders.  Known as the Front Porch Series, these calls are archived for use anytime.

Response to Intervention (RtI) in Early Childhood: Free Webinar Series

How can you use RTI to help improve young children’s outcomes?  Learn about the role of tiered intervention in bolstering social-emotional, behavioral, and academic development in early childhood settings. Key leaders in the field offer sessions on progress monitoring and RTI, tiered instruction in early childhood settings, embedded instruction to support early learning in RTI frameworks, and preschool inclusion and RTI for children with disabilities.  Click the link to access free archived webinars.

Save the Children: Get Ready Get Safe Training Hub Courses

These free trainings help caregivers prepare for and respond to the needs of children in emergencies. Self-paced courses include: Child Care Emergency Preparedness, Child-Friendly Spaces, and Children First: What to Do When Disaster Strikes.


The SCRIPT-NC project will offer free webinars for early childhood faculty and professional development providers starting in February 2015.  Each month a webinar on core early childhood course content area will be offered.  The materials for each webinar (PowerPoints, handouts, annotated resource compilations, and recordings) will highlight examples of how to design courses that prepare future professionals to support young children who are culturally, linguistically and ability diverse and their families.

Source for Learning, Inc. 

The Source for Learning’s Early Childhood Education Initiatives present free, monthly professional development webinars for early childhood professionals. These one-hour sessions feature trending topics and are led by early childhood experts. Certificates of participation are provided to attendees.

Square One

Square One provides professional development to those who work with children ages 0-8 and their families. They offer four free self-paced online training courses: entitled “Parental Health”, “Infant Development (0-12 months)”, “Preschooler Development” and “Prevent Disease – IMMUNIZE!.”


Teachstone offers live and archived webinars related to the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) and improving teaching and learning through adult-child interactions.

TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.

World-Class Instructional Design and Assistance (WIDA): Early English Language Development

This series of three webinars provides an in-depth view of each component of Early English Language Standards and implications for use as well as implementation in various early education and care programs. The webinar series was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), in partnership with WIDA. Intended audience are Early Education and Care Partners who support young dual language learners (DLLs). Session topics are: Language in Play: Introduction to the Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards; Understanding Language Growth: The E-ELD Performance Definitions; and Playing with Language: Understanding and Using the Model Performance Indicator (MPI) Strands.

Zero to Three: the Magic of Everyday Moments

ZERO TO THREE has published a series of free videos, The Magic of Everyday Moments, which explores key aspects of early childhood development and can be used for working with parents and trainees. The videos show how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers. They include:
o Brain Wonders: Nurturing Healthy Brain Development From Birth (Runtime: 6:05)
o Literacy Skills: The Roots of Reading Start at Birth (Runtime: 6:15)
o Power of Play: Building Skills While Having Fun (Runtime: 5:33)
o Temperament: What Makes Your Child Tick? (Runtime: 4:37)