Professional Development Opportunities


WaKIDS 101 Summer Trainings 2018     Kids

September 18 & 19, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. NEWESD 101 Conference Room, 4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA

A maximum of 12 clock hours for a fee of $24.00 will be available upon completion of the class.
If available, please bring a laptop or tablet and earphones/buds. Lunch will be on your own.

This training is REQUIRED for all new or previously untrained state funded full-day kindergarten teachers, and special education teachers with kindergarten students.This introductory training for teachers new to WaKIDS, we will: Discuss purpose, structure, and potential of WaKIDS.

For more information, click here for the WaKIDS Flyer

Registration is available at Go Sign Me Up in the Center for Early Childhood Services section under WaKIDS.

For more information, contact Anne Knott at (509) 789-3524

Save the Date for a two-day Full-Day Kindergarten training
October 9 & 16, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - NEWESD 101
Content will include: child development, learning environment, and learning centers

Save the Date for two Dinner and Dialogue Sessions
October 2, 2018 and March 5, 2019
Meet, greet and network with EL Leaders from across the region

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

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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.

The Spokane County Library District offers free STARS classes for childcare providers, teachers, and parents. All of the classes are certified through the Washington State Department of Early Learning.

Even if you don't need STARS credit, you can come to the monthly classes that interest you for new ideas to engage the children in your life. You can find a complete list of classes available throughout the year on the Spokane County Library District's website: http:

Jim Gill: Joyous Music Play to Promote Literacy, Readiness, Math Development, and Inclusion
Moran Prairie, Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Spokane Valley, Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Jim's latest class incorporates recent songs as well as an in-depth discussion that shows the connection between music play and school readiness, literacy development, and early math development. Get inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children in your care. Jim will discuss the challenges of working in early childhood development and how those challenges can also be what makes the profession so exciting. Explore the ways you can provide joyous challenges for children and how you can also keep yourself engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn. 3 STARS credits.Sponsored by the Friends of the Spokane County Library District.

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.