Professional Development Opportunities

WaKIDS 101 Mid-Year FREE Training

January 31, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NEWESD 101 Talbot Event Center, Panorama Room, 4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA

This training is open for anyone interested in a refresher or learning more about WaKIDS. 
Who can attend: Kindergarten teachers (not previously trained or trained before 2016), administrators, special education teachers, district assessment coordinators, specialists, or anyone working with kindergarten students. 
Sub reimbursement and IRR incentive will only be available to teachers new to WaKIDS as of 2018-2019 who were not previously trained.

Free Clock Hours provided by OSPI.

Cost: FREE to register, click on the link here:

For questions or more information, contact Rachel Eifler at (509) 789-3522 or

Save the Date for Dinner and Dialogue: A Community Conversation about Early Learning in our region.

March 5, 2019 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at NEWESD 101 Talbott Event Center
4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA

To register for this event, click on the following link: 
Cost: FREE STARS hours: FREE

The highest rate of economic returns comes from the earliest investments in children.

You are cordially invited to join local school districts, business, and higher education leadership to engage in conversation about school transition and family engagement in Early Learning. 
Karma Hugo, Director of Early Learning from OSPI, will be giving a brief keynote followed by a panel discussion from state and local leadership to share and answer questions about the current landscape of Early Learning. Dinner will be served and you will have an opportunity to network with leaders and educators from across our region as well as learn about and share resources. 

Dinner and Dialogue
presentation from Oct. 2, 2018

Trainings around the region are listed below or on the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) website.

Photo of girl with start on her eyes


The purpose of Washington STARS (State Training And Registry System)is to ensure quality care for all children in our state through increased opportunities for basic and on-going training for child care, early education, and school age providers. STARS emerged from a widespread call from both child care providers and consumers for increased training and compensation to improve the quality of care for children and youth. 

For more information about STARS or MERIT please visit the MERIT website.

Blueprints for Learning is a nonprofit organization working to increase the quality of child care in our community.

For more information about classes go to the website:

Call to register: (509) 777-0822 ext. 5, fax registrations to: (509) 777-0855, or email:

Classes are held at 35 W. Main in The Community Building (unless otherwise noted).

30 Hour Basic STARS Training: Meet WA State DEL Licensing requirements for new staff in a fun, engaging atmosphere. This in-person training is suitable for centers, family child care, and school-age programs. All classes are held in our training room. Some work outside of class is required. 

Registration is required. You may register online at

Please bring payment to the first class or send in prior. Students must attend all classes to receive credit and be eligible for reimbursement. There will be no make-up assignments offered. If a class is missed, it must be made up in the next series offered.