Early Learning Professional Development

At a Glance

The Early Learning Support Services Department (ELSS) has developed a comprehensive calendar of professional development for early childhood educators for school year 2018-2019. All professional development trainings are aligned with the local QRIS.

Click here for the Early Learning Support Services 2018-2019 General Offerings Calendar or here for the ELSS 2018-2019 In-Depth/Team-Based offerings. 

All ELSS Professional Development is funded by First 5 San Mateo.

Click here for California Early Childhood Online (CECO), an online learning portal from the California Department of Education or visit their website at www.caearlychildhoodonline.org for more information.

Check back soon for additional trainings related to including children with special needs in early learning settings.

4Cs, the local child care resource and referral agency, also offers professional development for early learning providers, particularly family child care operators.

Teachers who work in state-funded child development programs and/or work in centers or family child care homes participating in Quality Counts, San Mateo's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) may be eligible for a stipend for attending professional development. Find out more about the QRIS Teacher Stipend program here.  Teachers who working in Transitional Kindergarten classrooms may also be eligible for a stipend for completing ECE coursework. Find out more about the TK Stipend program here.  Note the TK Stipend program end March 2019!

 For questions about registration, see our registration policies here.

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Upcoming Trainings

Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) - Preschool

Over the course of ten (10) sessions, our instructors provide in-person training to teachers, care providers and coaches preparing them to identify, understand, and apply stronger Preschool CLASS interactions to their classrooms.

Why MMCI?  Teachers, care providers and coaches who participate in MMCI Preschool workshops:

  • Learn to identify and describe effective interactions in classrooms and care settings
  • Discuss ways to interact intentionally to increase children's learning
  • Gain access toMyTeachstone as well as valuable print and video resources aligned with CLASS domains.

Participants can receive up to 20 professional growth hours for completing the series of ten MMCI Preschool sessions through Teachstone.

Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays;  Jan 8, Jan 10, Jan 15, Jan 17, Jan 22, Jan 25, Jan 31, Feb 5, Feb 7, 2019

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost:  $55 per series. Eventbrite service fees and credit card processing fees will be added to total ticket price.  Materials and light refreshments will be provided.  

Registration:   https://mmci-prek-pd18-19.eventbrite.com

Who Should Attend?  This training is open to all center-based and family child care early learning programs and teachers serving preschool children in San Mateo County.

A separate MMCI training series for Infants & Toddlers will be offered in the spring of 2019. 

Location:  San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Presenters:  Donna Yuriar, SMCOE and Andrea Burnett, SMCOE

Requirements: all participants must provide their CA ECE Workforce Registry ID Number to participate in this training and to receive certificates of completion. Visit: http://www.caregistry.org/ to create a Registry ID number if you do not already have one.

Registration and prepayment of fees are required to attend.  No walk-ins are permitted.  Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Questions:  Please contact Dalma Sato at dsato@smcoe.org