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Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Professional Development

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 five.  The Professional Development Department within the DIEEC is committed to quality in professional learning.  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.  For more details see Training Matrix (PDF File).
  • 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 Training (PDF File)
Intermediate Training (PDF File)
Advanced Training (PDF File)

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.

See Course Catalog (PDF File).

See Sponsoring Organizations DIEEC Approved Course Catalog (PDF File)

QA Conferences and PD Opportunities

In an effort to recognize high-quality PD that is offered outside the state of Delaware, the DIEEC PD Department in conjunction with the Department of Education and Delaware Stars has developed a comprehensive list of professional development conferences and opportunities that meet the Quality Assured specifications. These training opportunities will be considered introductory training hours, unless otherwise specified. All conferences and other training organizations located in Delaware must adhere to the quality assured policies and procedures if they wish to have their events quality assured.

How to Receive QA Credit for Approved Out-of-State PD

The conferences and PD opportunities listed will not be reflected on a DIEEC transcript. It is the responsibility of the participant to register to receive CEUs, Continuing Education Credits, or receive proper documentation in form of certificate or transcript from each conference or workshop. Keep record of each training or workshop in order for it to be reviewed at a verification visit. For each conference attended; a professional will receive a maximum of 6 QA hours, unless a CEU certificate from IACET with documentation of CEU hours is provided. (This certificate is usually provided for an additional cost) If you believe there is an out-of state conference or training opportunity that meets the Quality Assured criteria and is not on the list, please send an email to Veronica Commodore, Director of Professional Development, with information about the training opportunity at The DIEEC PD Department will review and make a decision within 45 days of receiving and will notify you of the decision. If it meets the standard of QA it will be added to this list and updated on the DIEEC PD website.

Quality Assured Conferences

American Montessori Society Annual Conference (Site opens in new tab)

Annual Head Start Conference and Expo (Site opens in new tab)

Annual Parent Conference & Family Engagement Institute NHSA (Site opens in new tab)

Association for Early Learning Leaders National Conference (Site opens in new tab)

Beyond School Hours National Education Conference (Site opens in new tab)

BOOST, Best Out of School Time Conference (Site opens in new tab)

DEC Annual Conference (Site opens in new tab)

Great Beginnings Conference (Site opens in new tab)

International Society on Early Intervention (Site opens in new tab)

NAEYC’s Annual Conference and Expo (Site opens in new tab)

NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (Site opens in new tab)

National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention (Site opens in new tab)

National Black Child Development Institute Annual Conference (Site opens in new tab)

National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers (Site opens in new tab)

National Inclusion Conference (Site opens in new tab)

National Training Institute for Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior (Site opens in new tab)

New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool (Site opens in new tab)

Tri-State Camp Conference (Site opens in new tab)

Zero to Three’s National Training Institute (Site opens in new tab)

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