Professional Development


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) & National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) define Early Childhood Education Professional Development as, “a continuum of learning and support activities designed to prepare individuals for work with and on behalf of young children and their families, as well as ongoing experiences to enhance this work. These opportunities lead to improvements in the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions of early education professionals. Professional development encompasses education, training, and technical assistance.”

They further explain that, “All professional development (education, training, and TA) should:

  • be designed using evidence-based best practices consistent with the principles of adult learning; and structured to promote linkages between research, theory, and practice.

  • address the continuum of young children’s abilities and needs,

  • respond to each learner’s background (including cultural, linguistic, and ability), experiences, and the current context of her role and professional goals.

  • include resources to ensure access for all.”

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children & National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. (2011) Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary. (Retrieved from

Early care and education professionals enroll in training to:

  • Further improve or gain new knowledge, learn best practices and keep up to date on the latest research in the field

  • Enhance the educational experiences of the children in their care by gaining new skills and accessing new tools to provide quality education

  • Build collaborative partnerships and relationships with other early care and education professionals in the area

  • Update their practices and teaching techniques to incorporate new ideas, strategies, and technologies

  • Obtain available resources and guidance on issues within the profession

  • To obtain an Early Childhood Credential (Early Childhood Credentials)

  • To be an advocate for Early Care and Education

  • To recognize themselves as a professional in the field

  • Achieve the goal of Quality Assured training hours outlined in the Stars standards

  • Meet annual licensing requirements

  • Meet qualifications through Delaware First, Department of Education

Quality Assured Professional Development

The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), in partnership with both public and private stakeholders, works to create and sustain a responsive, data driven system for enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of those who work with children from birth through age twelve.  The Professional Development Department within the DIEEC is committed to quality in professional development.  A combination of approved content, evaluation, and instructors who are highly competent within their areas of teaching are expected to help ensure that trainings and coursework are of exceptional quality. Lastly, the Delaware Stars program provides a voluntary mechanism for assisting programs to meet high standards.  DIEEC partners with other state, nonprofit, and educational organizations to ensure a high quality early care and education system in the state of Delaware.

All Quality Assured (QA) Training:

  • Is aligned with the Early Learning Foundations, School-Age or Early Childhood Competencies, and Stars Standards.

  • Is evidence based, reflects best practice, is rooted in the latest research in early childhood education, and is responsive to each learner.

  • Has objectives and outcomes that are linked to the training, with ongoing assessment.

  • Is responsive to the learner and follows the adult learning principles

  • Must go through a rigorous quality assurance process, and all approved instructors must meet the requirements of subject matter expert.

For more information regarding best practices in professional development and other related topics in Early Care and Education, please visit the National Association for Education in Early Childhood’s website.

The DIEEC Professional Development Department develops, approves, delivers, and coordinates Quality Assured Professional Development. QA Professional Development consists of three levels of training: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. All QA training sponsored by the DIEEC or other approved sponsoring organizations or instructors will be advertised on the Training Calendar. Successful completion of QA training hours will be reflected on your personal transcript; which can be accessed on your Training Profile. If a participant is interested in registering for QA training; he/she should access it through the online calendar. In order to register for quality assured training, please create a profile in the registry and click on the training calendar.

Helpful information and definitions of Quality Assured Training can be found below:

Training Matrix

Introductory Training

Intermediate Training

Advanced Training


Annual training hours are required under Delacare Rules for those working in licensed child care facilities. To ensure that the early childhood workforce acquires and maintains essential knowledge and skills; the Licensees of Family Child Care (FCC) Homes, staff members of Large Family Child Care (LFCC) Homes, Early Care and Education (ECE), and School-Age (SA) Centers are required to successfully complete annual training hours each licensure year.

Specific annual training requirements are specified in Delacare Rules as follows:

  • FCC Licensees – Twelve (12) Clock Hours (Delacare: Rules for Family Child Care Homes – Rules #134-135)

  • LFCC Staff Members– Fifteen (15) Clock Hours (Delacare: Rules for Large Family Child Care Homes – Rules #165-166)

  • ECE and SA Center Staff Members – Eighteen (18)* Clock Hours (Delacare: Rules for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers – Rules #177-1 78)

  • ECE/SA Center Staff Members working less than twenty-five (25) hours per week are required to take at least nine (9) hours of training each licensure year.

For more information regarding Licensing Requirements, please visit the Office of Childcare Licensing

For more information regarding Qualifications, please visit the Department of Education website

At this time programs can choose the following required quality assured hours to meet the Stars standards:

ECE, SA, LFCC programs:

  • QT1 Provider annual training hours are quality assured.

    • For staff (provider), 50% or more of all training hours completed are quality assured 2 points

    • For staff( provider), 75% or more of all training hours completed are quality assured 3 points

FCC providers:

  • QT1 Annual training hours are quality assured.

    • For provider, 50% or more of all training hours completed are quality assured

      5 points


    • For provider, 75% or more of all training hours completed are quality assured

      10 points

For more information regarding Delaware Stars requirements, please visit the Delaware Stars website

Community-based Training

Community-based training is a professional development opportunity offered by an entrepreneurial trainer or training agency that provides the early childhood workforce another option to obtain training hours to fulfill qualification and training requirements. This type of training may be considered non- quality assured/Level I training. Community-based training is not subject to quality assurance by the Professional Department at the Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, nor are trainers required to demonstrate their qualifications and competencies as is required at the other levels of training. These training hours will not show up on your DIEEC transcript.

Community-based trainers or training agencies assume the responsibility for the quality and content of the training presented along with the logistics of the training – cost, collection of fees, advertisement, cancellation policy, location, date and time, etc. Any session/workshop must be at least 60 consecutive minutes in length. Documentation of successful completion of training will be required in the form of a certificate. The training must be in one of the core areas and applicable to work in early childhood or school-age care. The training certificate must contain specific information.

The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) continues to accept community based training hours. OCCL will not review the outline or specifics of any community- based training. Additionally, OCCL will not review the qualifications or competencies of community- based trainers. OCCL will not recognize training hours on any training related to the cause, diagnosis, treatment, care, or management of children’s physical or mental illnesses, diseases, syndromes, or disorders not offered by licensed or certified professional with credentials in that topic.

Curriculum Approval

The mission of the Quality Assured Professional Development System at the DIEEC is to support early childhood professionals through high quality, coordinated professional development experiences that enhance skills, knowledge, and career opportunities for the early care and education workforce.  All Quality Assured workshops will have content that is consistent with reliable child development theory and principles; professional competencies; best practices; early learning foundations; quality standards and licensing regulations.  Quality assured workshops are comprehensive and reinforce skills to support children’s development and learning.

The Professional Development Department at DIEEC designs, delivers and evaluates training based on adult learning theories, research, and models.  The DIEEC provides the Quality Assured PD infrastructure; and works with agencies and instructors to approve and support the development and delivery of Quality Assured Professional Development.

Since curriculum used in childcare is approved by alignment with the Early Learning Foundations, and Delaware Professional Competencies, along with other essential criteria, the commitment is also that Professional Development is similarly aligned.  Please note that all elements and fields of the Curriculum Workshop approval forms are required.  If you have questions or would like support, please contact Kelly Cox at

To deliver Quality Assured Professional Development to Delaware’s Early Care and Education workforce, all instructors must meet the Subject Matter Expert requirements for the content they are instructing, and have curriculum approved based on the approval process and requirements outlined in the submission paperwork.  

If you are interested in having your workshop approved for Quality Assured hours, please submit both the Curriculum Approval form with all documentation and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) form to:

DIEEC Professional Development

ATTN: Veronica Commodore

111 Alison Hall West

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716


You will be contacted with questions or feedback, and approval takes approximately 30 days. After your workshop is approved, you are able to list it on the DIEEC training calendar. We ask that all training be listed 30 days in advance. Entrepreneurs will be assessed a fee for each workshop approval and each time it is listed on the site. For additional information please contact Veronica Commodore at

At this time, the DIEEC does not quality assure online workshops from outside organizations without a plan to link it to our registry and run through our PD system. If you are interested in having an online workshop approved for QA hours, a plan must be made.  Working to have your online training on the DEPDNow platform is also negotiable. If you are interested in proceeding with one of these options, please contact Veronica Commodore at to discuss. 

NOTICE:  UPDATES in effect beginning February 1, 2017:

The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood is committed to quality in the professional development offered to providers across the state.  One way to ensure quality is through the Quality Assured Approval system:  submissions for workshops are sent to DIEEC where a blind review critiques them for essential elements and standards.

A system was initially designed in 2013 to help developers create workshops as well as to support standards of excellence.  With changes in participant needs and with the increased experience and abilities of developers, the system has been redesigned.  The goals for the revised system are: to create a clear and equitable submission process, to continue a system that is impartial and that eliminates bias in approval, and one that evaluates for quality and has metrics that assure workshops are meeting the current professional development needs of providers in Delaware.

To that end, a new system has been designed that streamlines the process of completing paperwork while providing clear design goals and templates for the developer.  This system will be put in place, with all artifacts found online and completed online.  Beginning February 1, 2017, all submissions must be completed on the new paperwork.  Many of the changes were made in response to suggestions and concerns, so thank you to all who helped with ideas and who shared concerns for the need for a different system.

  1. Navigating the Curriculum Approval Process

  2. SME and Curriculum APPLICATION   *File may open in READ ONLY. Open, then SAVE AS to your device in order to edit the fillable form.

  3. Curriculum Sample Items

  4. Curriculum Approval Submission Dates

  5. Curriculum APPLICATION for One-Time Workshop/Conference/Out-Of-State