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Let us help you meet your career goals, learn with zero to three is the leader in continuous learning and professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals. from online training programs to immersive, in-person learning experiences like our annual early childhood conference , our wide range of early childhood professional development offerings are developed by instructors with real-world experience in the early childhood field. we’ve been there. we know what challenges lie ahead. and we can give you the guidance you need to crush your career goals., learn with us, learn conference, uniting the most inventive minds in the early childhood field..

In a world brimming with pressing social challenges, the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference brings together forward-thinking early childhood professionals for 2-days where we will challenge our thinking and become the driving force behind lasting change.

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New: building foundations: implementing zero to three's infant and early childhood mental health guiding principles.

Enhance your understanding of the ZERO TO THREE IECMH Guiding Principles in this four part series

Price:  $99 | Member Price: $79

Get your feet wet (or refresh yourself) with the basics of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH). Then, dive in deeper with us as we unpack ZERO TO THREE’s new IECMH Guiding Principles . Each virtual training provides 90 minutes of exploration and reflection, equipping you with concrete considerations for application in your practice.   

Webinar #1: An introduction to IECMH Theories & Principles

Webinar #2: Equity, Culture, and Policy

Webinar #3: Relationships, Well-Being, and Individuality

Webinar #4: Quality, Access, and Reflective Practice

DC:0—5™: Clinical Training

Dive into the latest scientific findings and clinical research in infant and early childhood mental health.

Price:  $549 | Member Price: $524

Deepen your understanding of the DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood with a comprehensive review of the indispensable guide, straight from the source. 

Join a cohort of clinicians, pediatricians, early interventionists, nurse practitioners and other professionals to:

  • Analyze the importance of using a developmentally sensitive, relationship-based and contextually grounded and empirically supported system of diagnostic classification with children from birth through 5 years old through real-world scenarios and case examples
  • Uplevel your ability to approach diagnosis from an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health perspective
  • Closely examine the significance of a multiaxial approach for children with mental health and developmental disorders in infancy and early childhood 

Just Announced: DC:0—5 Clinical Training at LEARN Conference

July 29—30, 2024 | long beach, california.

Price: $549 | Member Price: $524 Faculty: Noelle Hause Faciltator: Katrina Macasaet

Set the stage for your professional leap by joining us for an exclusive, in-person DC:0—5™: Clinical Training before the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference begins.

Critical Competencies: Coaching Program

Transform everyday teacher-child interactions into meaningful learning moments.

Price:  $1299 | Member Price: $1274

The ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ Coaching Program is designed to support and enrich coaches’ knowledge of and capacity to integrate the Critical Competencies into their work with educators and program leaders. 

In this 5-part training program, Coaches will:

  • Reflect on coaching practice that supports infant-toddler educators’ use of interactions that support social-emotional, cognitive, and language and literacy development 
  • Discover proven coaching strategies – preparing you to deliver, incorporate, or leverage the Critical Competencies model into your work supporting infant-toddler educators
  • Unlock exclusive resources and tools; including handouts, manuals and multimedia assets with planning tools specific to adult educator roles

The Growing Brain Basics: Webinar Series

Discover how to build better brains from the bottom up.

Price:  $99 | Member Price: $74

In this four-part webinar series, you’ll uncover essential strategies and meaningful next steps to creating quality interactions with infants and toddlers so that you can become the brain builder you were born to be.

  • Brain Basics: how the brain grows and develops from conception to 5 years old and how to support healthy brain development
  • Cognitive Development: language and executive function and how these skills are heavily intertwined
  • Social-Emotional Development and Understanding Behavior: how relationships and attachment affect development and behavior
  • Everyday Play: how play builds children’s capacities in all areas of development

The Growing Brain: Training-of-Trainers

Nurture better brain development, one experience at a time.

This innovative early childhood professional development  program provides trainers with practical strategies to support early childhood professionals in creating environments and interactions that foster positive brain development.

Participants will learn skills and strategies for: 

  • Teaching early childhood professionals about brain development (architecture and neurobiology) to inform their practice
  • Supporting language, cognition, prosocial behavior and social-emotional development
  • Reducing toxic stress that can negatively influence the brain development of very young children

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Manage your learning history, download certifications and badges, and access over 100 hours of high-quality recordings on the topics you want for the professional development and CEUs you need, available anytime in a self-paced mobile-friendly online format. And remember—as a ZERO TO THREE Member, you can access our free monthly virtual events, too.

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Professional Development Offerings for Early Childhood Leaders & Staff

Building thriving organizations that create positive staff, family and child outcomes.

Start Early’s research shows that children, families and staff thrive when organizations invest in teams. Our unique portfolio of professional development solutions shifts the focus from individual practice and behaviors and onto the organization-wide conditions that research shows are most important in driving positive child outcomes.

Instead of focusing solely on an individual’s skills and abilities, we emphasize an organization’s culture, engagement, and leadership through The Start Early Essentials.

The Start Early Essentials

Start Early’s professional development is rooted in an evidence-based framework of essential conditions that, when strong, most directly impact children’s long-term success. Our courses, trainings, tools, and processes are designed to build program strength in these key areas.

School/center leaders are strategically focused on children’s development and early achievement. They nurture trust, collective understanding, and responsibility for excellence and improvement among staff and families.

Teachers are committed to the school/center and champion collaboration as the path to success. They build strong relationships with colleagues and work together to continuously improve teaching and children’s learning.

Staff build responsive relationships with families and actively support their engagement with the program, community, and children’s learning. Families learn the lasting skill of advocating for their children’s success.

School/center is a physically and emotionally safe and engaging environment. Staff hold high expectations for children’s social and emotional and academic learning, coupled with nurturing, individualized support for children and families.

Educators provide consistently engaging, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Teachers prioritize inquiry-based teaching and learning, differentiated instruction, and reflective planning to ensure progress and growth.

Through staff and family surveys, teachers and families inform the measurement of the essential conditions and drive program improvement plans. By valuing both perspectives, schools/centers develop more effective strategies for child, staff, and family success.

Developed in partnership with The University of Chicago, The Start Early Essentials can be measured in birth through pre-K programs, and through the lens of both teacher and family perspectives—providing a targeted roadmap for program improvement across an entire organization.

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How do early childhood educators work with The Start Early Essentials to improve child outcomes? Take a look at the four stages of The Start Early Essentials in action.

The Start Early Essentials in Action

  • Start Early’s professional development starts by focusing on the leader as the catalyst for action within a program.
  • We teach leaders how to leverage and facilitate evidence-based cycles of collaboration that help teams become stronger in the areas most critical for positive child outcomes. The more teams collaborate to solve problems of practice, the more they strengthen each of The Start Early Essentials…
  • …and increase educator well-being at the same time. As this cyclical process becomes rooted in daily routines, the overall effectiveness of the early childhood program improves.
  • And when each of these areas within a program thrive, children and families do too.

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Start Early Professional Development

Team-driven. Targeted. Transforming. Our portfolio of in-person and virtual professional development solutions builds a capable, confident early childhood workforce. Discover the resources and trainings that are right for your team!

The Essential 0-5 Survey

A measurement system for program improvement

Surveys and self-guided workshops proven to improve child outcomes

The Essential Practices of Educare

Proven strategies for early childhood teams

Training series that shares best practices from the four areas most critical to the success of Educare programs

The Essentials of Home Visiting

High-quality learning to advance family professionals

Online, self-paced courses and virtual webinars that extend learning and elevate the home visiting profession

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A mobile tool that boosts professional learning

Web-based tool supports transfer to practice with a weekly reflective practice featuring bite-sized classroom actions

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A science-based, five-step approach for home visitors that offers families a hope-filled path forward

Start Early is an IACET (International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training) accredited provider of professional development for the early childhood education field. Start Early professional development adheres to the highest standards set by IACET and includes CEUs at no extra charge with every professional development certificate.

Start Early is also an NWRA (National Workforce Registry Alliance) Recognized Training Organization (TOR). The NWRA promotes high quality, coordinated, documented, and accessible career development systems that support a well-trained, well-educated, early childhood workforce. State registries may be able to expedite approval processes for training organizations already recognized by the NWRA.  See the full list of states that accept Recognized Training Organizations.

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Engaging lessons aren’t just for preschoolers!

If you have to keep your kids entertained all year long, then why shouldn’t you be kept entertained when you’re required to complete professional development hours? You give so much of your time and energy to help your kids. If you’re expected to give even more to complete continuing education so you can do your job well, then it should be worthwhile! Our training courses are designed to truly help you — not just check a box.

Our online courses are completed through a user-friendly learning management system that is self-paced. Each course is segmented into shorter sessions to accommodate your busy lifestyle and your progress is automatically saved so you can start right where you left off the next time you log in. We include a short podcast style discussion at the end of each course where we tackle the real world application of the concepts discussed, you’ll really love that part! Since our courses are competency-based, you will receive your certificate immediately after completion. Certificates may be used as an IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or as professional development clock hours.

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Our training courses provide tools and strategies that will help you overcome real-world problems, inside and outside of the classroom. As a preschool teacher or director, professional development shouldn’t feel like a chore. It should be relevant, effective, and enjoyable. And that’s exactly what we deliver! With teaching that incorporates multiple learning styles, you can find a course that works for you, allowing you to learn something you can put into practice.

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ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers online professional development courses for teachers and child care providers that meet state training requirements and are awarded IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CCEI’s professional teacher development courses are designed to provide students with generally accepted child care practices and training based on research in the field of early childhood education . Our online professional development courses for teachers and child care providers are written by early childhood experts, including authors Rae Pica and Dr. Pam Schiller, to name a few.

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What are Online Professional Development Training Courses?

ChildCare Education Institute’s online professional development courses are designed to improve your knowledge, skills, competency, and effectiveness in the child care profession. Our courses are developed and written by a team of leading early childhood experts, including courses by authors Rae Pica and Dr. Pam Schiller to name a few.

Use these online professional development courses to expand your professional knowledge into topics both niche and essential. These courses cover a wide variety of skills and topics ranging from Infant & Toddler Care to Professionalism & Quality Improvement, giving you everything you’ll need to be an effective childcare provider.

How do I Take an Online Professional Development Course?

With CCEI, completing your childhood development courses online is a simple, convenient, and efficient process. You can take advantage of any one of our many online professional development courses, as seen listed below, from the comfort of your own computer.

At ChildCare Education Institute, we offer a comprehensive selection of topics to make the personal and professional development you need available right at your fingertips.

Why is Online Professional Development Important for Teachers?

Not only do online professional development courses provide you with skills that can be put into use immediately, but they’ll also build your professional knowledge and allow you to grow your career over time. By investing in yourself, you’ll also be ensuring a better learning experience for your students.

CCEI complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, CCEI is authorized to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. CEUs can be used to renew your teaching license or can be used to prefer additional certifications and degrees.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom invested millions into expanding preschool for children with disabilities. Now, he’s proposing to scale it back, to invest more in electric school buses.

The move is causing an uproar among leaders of county offices of education and school districts, and advocates for early education and special education.

“While I appreciate the governor’s dedication to climate change, as a special education administrator and somebody who’s been in the special education field, I think students with disabilities are more important than electric buses,” said Anthony Rebelo, director of the Trinity County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and chair of the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education.

Two programs that aim to expand access to preschool for children with disabilities are proposed to be slashed in Newsom’s May revision of his budget proposal.

The first is an increase in the number of slots in state-subsidized preschool programs that are set aside for children with disabilities . Beginning in 2022, the state began to require these preschool programs to set aside at least 5% of their space to enroll children with disabilities. The percentage of space set aside was to increase to 7.5% in 2025-26, and to 10% in 2026-27. Facing a massive budget shortfall, Newsom is now proposing to cancel that increase and leave the number of slots for children with disabilities at 5%. This move would save the state $47.9 million in 2025-26 and $97.9 million ongoing, beginning in 2026–27.

The second program the governor plans to cut is the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program, a program that was set to fund $250 million in grants to help school districts and county offices of education adapt facilities and playground equipment and train preschool teachers to meet the needs of children with disabilities. The state funded a first round of grants in 2020. School districts and county offices of education had applied in April for a second round of grants . The California Department of Education sent out award letters this week to some applicants specifying how much funding they can expect to receive.

During a May 16 hearing before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education, Alex Shoap, finance budget analyst from the California Department of Finance, made it clear Newsom is proposing “pulling back $250 million in currently unallocated Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program funding to instead support the electric school bus grant investment.”

H.D. Palmer, deputy director for external affairs for the Department of Finance, said the state Legislature had committed to putting $500 million toward electric school buses in 2024-25 and another $500 million in 2025-26. Newsom now aims to spend $395 million more on the buses in 2024-25, most of which would come from the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program.

Palmer said spending more now on electric school buses would reduce the amount the state would have to pay in 2025-26 to $105 million.

In response to criticism of cuts to preschool for children with disabilities, Palmer pointed to the following comment from Newsom on May 10 when he announced his new budget proposals.

“You will ask me, I’m sure, in the Q and A, ‘Why this cut?’ I will undoubtedly say, ‘I prefer not to make this cut.’ These are programs, these are propositions that I’ve long advanced, many of them. These are things that I’ve supported. These are things we worked closely with the Legislature to advance. None of this is the kind of work you enjoy doing, but you’ve got to do it,” Newsom said.

School district and county leaders, as well as other preschool providers across the state expressed dismay that these programs would be cut at a time when preschool programs were just beginning to include more children with disabilities in their classrooms.

“It really is a breach of promise,” said Dave Gordon, Sacramento County superintendent of schools. “People have been planning for these services to go forward for several years. They’re ready to go. I have several people on my staff who are broken-hearted that this is not going to go forward, because they feel it’s been long delayed.”

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Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, children as young as 3 years old with disabilities must be provided special education. The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have stated that children with disabilities should have access to preschool and child care programs where they can participate alongside their peers without disabilities. California also made expanding access to inclusive preschool programs a goal in its Master Plan for Early Learning and Care , released in 2020.

“We’re woefully behind most states,” said Elizabeth Engelken, chair of the association SELPA Administrators of California. “We were relying on this … support to begin to shift the environment in schools to be more developmentally appropriate.”

Jolie Critchfield, director of child development for Marysville Joint Unified School District in Yuba County, said her district used funding from the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program to train staff and completely revamp their preschool programs with new materials and playground equipment, like swings built for children with disabilities. The district also moved all “special day classrooms” alongside general preschool classrooms, so that children with disabilities are able to interact with other children on the playground and spend time in class with them as well.

She said the district planned to use future funding to increase coaching for teachers and to include more children with disabilities in general education preschool classrooms.

“It literally brings tears to your eyes, seeing the kids in the program with wheelchairs and scooters. Kids that you just would not think could be OK in a general education setting, because it would be too overwhelming, are going in there and doing so well,” Critchfield said. “I can’t believe we ever did it any differently.”

One mother, Stella Goodnough, said she is grateful her daughter was able to attend preschool in Marysville alongside children with disabilities. 

“I was always afraid to approach special-needs children because I didn’t know what to say or do. Now I see my daughter make friends, especially a best friend, with a special-needs child,” said Goodnough. “She often talks about him at home, which creates opportunities to talk about how wonderful we all are with our differences.”

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The Kings County Office of Education in the Central San Joaquin Valley used funding from the first round of grants to transform an old school building into an early learning center, with many services available for children with disabilities. The center, in Hanford, currently has one classroom where children with and without disabilities are taught together. The county office applied for another grant this year to open two more inclusion classrooms. 

“Without this funding, our goals are once again relegated to a far-off future when we can’t ever guarantee when that might happen,” said Todd Barlow, Kings County superintendent of schools.

Several special education administrators said cutting the program would end up costing the state more in the future, because children who have had early education and services at a young age may not need as much intervention in later years.

“If we identify a student much earlier, get them in that school routine of what it’s like to have group instruction, they’re going to be much more prepared by the time they’re in kindergarten or TK,” Rebelo said. “This just feels like a huge step backwards.”

The budget proposal would cut about 200 children with disabilities from attending preschool at Kidango, a nonprofit organization that runs dozens of child care centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the organization’s director, Scott Moore.

“This budget cut is not only harmful to children, but research shows it will result in higher special education costs in the future,” Moore said. “So it’s bad for kids and bad for the state budget.”

The state budget is still in negotiations until the Legislature passes a final bill in June.

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I'm a little unclear on what it means for there to be these slots or the consequence of the change. Have preschool students with disabilities been denied access to the state preschool programs? Is it actually reasonable to expect that each school has a uniform percentage of preschool students with disabilities? Are there reasons for the urgency in the bus program other than climate change? Is there a bubble of aging buses that need replacement … Read More

I’m a little unclear on what it means for there to be these slots or the consequence of the change. Have preschool students with disabilities been denied access to the state preschool programs? Is it actually reasonable to expect that each school has a uniform percentage of preschool students with disabilities?

Are there reasons for the urgency in the bus program other than climate change? Is there a bubble of aging buses that need replacement or is it otherwise a particularly auspicious time to have this funding available now rather than in a few years? How much money (and pollution) will be saved by running electric buses instead of diesel?

I hate that we have to make these choices. Still, not one paragraph explaining the arguments for why the bus funding was chosen in this tradeoff?

Meredith O'Connor 5 days ago 5 days ago

I would like to advocate for maintaining funding of special ed. Please advise who to contact and how — email? Governor Newsom appears to be irresponsible at best. Buses over children?

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One of the student attended the national education celebrations in Tanga region recently. PHOTO | EDUCATION MINISTRY

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Tanga . Tanzania’s ministry of Education is expanding its new education policy and training programme, originally launched for grade 3 in 2023, to encompass all levels of education, from early childhood development to universities.

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He mentioned that even those pursuing teacher education will be included in the changes. They will also undergo this education to prepare them for teaching under the new curriculum.

 “These reforms are designed to equip our young people with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace, whether they choose to be employed or become entrepreneur. This will enable them to employ themselves or be employed,” said Prof Mkenda.

Permanent Secretary of the ministry Prof Caroline Nombo, stated that the government was set to launch a special scholarship for students studying nuclear science, as it has been identified that Tanzania has a shortage of experts in this field.

She mentioned that this new directive aims to increase the number of science professionals, particularly in nuclear science, and will also be overseen by the Nuclear Commission.

 The Tanga Regional Commissioner, Ambassador Batilda Burian, said that the improvement of education in the region is ongoing, noting that there are currently 301 secondary schools and 20 vocational training centres in the region, showing continuous efforts to enhance education.

Assistant Registrar of The Aga Khan University, Agath Damas, whose institution has a booth at the exhibition, emphasised the importance for authorities and parents to encourage their children to study science subjects, as many students tend to shy away from these subjects.

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Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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