Resources for Early Care and Education (ECE) Professionals
Our children, families, and economy depend on our Early Childhood Programs and professionals.
We are working to connect partners to resources to help build high-quality, culturally-responsive programs and to increase supports for long term program stability.
Below partners will find resources and information to learn, grow, and develop the quality of their ECE program, and support to continue their important work.
SPARK Oregon's Kindergarten Rating System: Spark is a program that raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. This Quality Rating System recognizes, rewards and builds on what early learning and development programs are already doing well
Oregon Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines: this document offers a shared view of and common vocabulary for child development and learning from age 3 through the end of kindergarten.
Contact your local Childcare Resource and Referral (CCR&R): the shared mission of CCR&Rs is to improve the quality of early care and education experiences for young children by providing education, information and support to people who care for them.
Oregon's Professional Development Recognition Systems
A big part of high quality early childhood programs is well trained staff. Below are descriptions of the different professional development systems for different program models, and resources for trainings/learning opportunities.
Oregon Registry: ORO
If you work in Oregon’s childhood care and education field, the Oregon Registry On-line system tracks your training and education, and helps you to plan for future training and education, and customize your professional development experience. Oregon Registry Steps are a sequence of twelve steps integrated with an online training and education database, the Oregon Registry Online (ORO). OCCD also issues three Oregon Registry Credentials that certify professionals who meet high standards based on knowledge, skills, and achievements. Oregon’s childhood care and education professionals may be eligible for Education Awards tied to Oregon Registry Steps based on their employment, training, and education.
Oregon Parenting Network: OrPEN
The Oregon Parenting Education Network (OrPEN) is a network created by Parenting Educators for Parenting Educators. Our goal as a community of professionals is to build and maintain an organization that supports the hard work of Oregon Parenting Educators. The OPEC Recognition System is a tool for Parenting Educators to 1) build and maintain a professional portfolio that documents education, training, and work experience and 2) apply for recognition as a Parenting Educator. The OPEC Recognition System was developed to support Parenting Educators and offer a road map for on-going professional development.
ORIMHA is Oregon’s central, trusted resource for information, advocacy, and professional development related to the social-emotional health and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. The ORIMHA Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®) is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field. It does not replace licensure or certification, but instead is meant as evidence of a specialization in the field. The ORIMHA IMH-Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary including professionals from child and/or human developed, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s effort to specialize in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health within his or her own chosen discipline.
Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated that the individual has completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/ consultation experiences (as defined in Endorsement® criteria) that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health. Earning Endorsement® does not guarantee the ability to practice as a mental health professional, although many who have earned Endorsement® as licensed mental health professionals.
Oregon Infant Mental Health Endorsement: ORIMHA
Online Training Calendars
Free Online Professional Development Resources for Early Childhood Educators:
Square One: independent Online Training
1 hour training courses that provide professional development “online” training for early childhood educators, home visiting agency staff, healthcare providers, childcare providers, parents and grandparents. Available in Spanish
Pathways Transition Training Partnership
Pathways Transition Training Partnership is a 10 module series that explores: Partnering with Youth and Young Adults | Promoting Recovery | Increasing Cultural Awareness and Building Community Support | Fostering Resilience and Family Supports | Promoting Cross-Cultural and Inter-generational Relationships | Providing Individualized and Developmentally Appropriate Services | Developing Healthy Relationships | Planning Partnerships with Providers of Other Services and Collaborating to Bridge Service Gaps | Promoting Support from Family, Peers, and Mentors | Using Evidence-Supported Practices and Individualizing Interventions | Also provides ongoing webinars on various topics.
Learning with Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD): PSU
On-line learning in the areas of Health & Safety, Child Abuse & Neglect, DHS Provider Requirements & Oregon's Early Learning Standards, Prevention is Better Than Treatment, Introduction to Registered Family Child Care, Safe Sleep for Oregon's Infants.
Courses available in several languages.
Oregon Center for Nursing
Cultural Competence Educational Offerings: Using the promising practices collected from the Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing program, OCN developed an education program to reach practicing and student healthcare professionals in different levels of care throughout Oregon. Archived copies of the education units are available & participants are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Nursing Education credits for participating in the archived sessions
National Alliance of Children's Trust & Prevention Funds
The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) is pleased to make available a series of online training courses to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings.
Early Impact Virginia
Offers a comprehensive online training library intended for home visiting staff members working in programs across sectors.
Arkansas Home Visiting Network
The Arkansas Home Visiting Network Training Institute provides supplemental training and professional development for home visitors and supervisors involved in home visiting services for families with young children.
CDC Training & Continuing Education Online
Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) is a system that provides access to CDC educational sessions for continuing education (CE)
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network where educators can learn and share innovative approaches to teaching and learning. edWeb's programs cover the widest range of innovative topics from PreK - 12.
Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals
The Institute offers Family Support Professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement. All Institute modules and the career compass are based on the National Core Competency Framework
Essentials Modules: Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC)
In this free online course, students will learn the foundations of professional practice for parenting educators through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings in a series of seven modules. 1: Creating a Parenting Education Professional Development System in Oregon | 2: Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
3: Ethical and Professional Practice (Part 1) | 4: Ethical and Professional Practice (Part 2) | 5: Foundational Facilitation Skills (Part 1) | 6: Foundational Facilitation Skills (Part 2) | 7: Fidelity and Evaluation in Program Implementation
Webinars are recorded and available on demand to fit your busy schedule. Learners Edge webinars are typically thirty minutes to one hour in length. After watching the webinar and successfully completing an online assessment, a CEU certificate will be available for download.
TeachMe Professional Development
TeachMe offers Continuing Education Courses and Professional Development for Teachers and Educators. Courses available for Free CEUs vary in topic.
Early Learning Division: Oregon Department of Education
The ELD hosts Self-Study trainings specific to Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center:
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents.
FRIENDS Online Learning Center:
The FRIENDS Online Learning Center is designed to provide high quality, subject-specific training free of charge.. Learners can complete each course in a single sitting or stop and then return to the course at their convenience. FRIENDS currently has courses in a number of areas for prevention practitioners.
The Research Institute:
Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral
TRI: CCCCR&R now offers Food Handlers tests and cards FREE for early care & education providers.
Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio
The iPD Portfolio is an online platform created to support ongoing professional development for staff in Head Start and child care settings. It contains accessible, self-paced modules based on staff roles and interests. Accessible via the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), modules use current ECLKC content to create self-paced professional development. Many modules offer continuing education units (CEUs) or certificates of completion.
Early Childhood Investigation:
Early Childhood Investigations offers free conference-quality training to early childhood educators presented by leading authors, experts and leaders. Live & On-demand options available. Optional CEUs available for a cost of $15.
*The SCREL Hub does not endorse any of these resources.
At the SCREL Hub we believe that institutionalized equity, diversity, and inclusion will create better outcomes for all members of our communities. These resources help educators develop equity and inclusion practices within their classrooms.
Anti-racist Baby Board Book (Ibram X. Kendi)
Children's Book list to support conversations on race (The Conscious Kid)
Children's Book List that address issues of identity, bias and bullying (ADL, all books come with discussion guides for parents and educators)
Other Resources for Educators:
Key Resources for Promoting Equity and Reducing Disparities (Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation)