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Professional Credential

Legislation passed in 2000 established the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential. The legislation created a voluntary tiered system of credentials that recognizes increased knowledge and experience for those who care for and educate our youngest children. The early childhood field was actively involved in the creation of the credential system and has enthusiastically embraced it. In 2005, legislation moved the professional credentials from a pilot project to statewide availability. Credentials ensure that all professionals caring for and educating young children have the same core early childhood knowledge regardless of setting – family child care, child care centers, public schools. The Credentials help create a system of education and training that promote the optimal development and education of young children. An infant/ toddler endorsement on the early childhood credential and a system of school age/youth development credentials are also offered.

Large Center Director Qualifications

Individuals who are seeking employment as director or substitute director of a large child care center in Colorado must apply and obtain an Official Large Center Director Qualification Verification Letter (OLCDQVL) from the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL).


Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications

Individuals who are seeking employment as an Early Childhood Teacher assigned responsibility for a single group of children working under the supervision of a director, may apply for an Official Early Childhood Teacher Qualification Verification Letter from the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL).

ACECC Training Opportunities

To view and register for available classes view our Register for Classes page.

The following is a list of ACECC training offered throughout the year.

Annual Quality Forum

The Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council Annual Quality Forum is an event that provides a variety of professional development sessions which allow ECE participants to explore early learning. The Annual Quality Forum invites providers to find ways to enhance their practice and connect with the children in their care.  The Quality forum is held in the spring.  Topics vary.

ACECC Family Child Care Colorado Shines Support Group

This group consisting of Family Childcare providers meets monthly at ACECC.

Topics Vary.  Please contact us for more information.

Business Support Training

Join ECE professionals for a training designed to support your business.

Training provides 1.5 clock hours.

CCCAP Quarterly Workshop

Offered quarterly, the CCCAP quarterly workshop connects providers with CCCAP staff who are available to answer questions and give updates.  Topics vary, so please check the training calendar for more information on upcoming workshops.

Light refreshments are provided, and providers will receive 3 hours of continuing education.  

Cradling Literacy

Very young children develop language and literacy through interactions and experiences with the adults around them. Emergent literacy begins at birth and is the focus of this comprehensive curriculum. Participants will study the developmental stages of early language and literacy. They will review the role of relationships, culture and stories in early language and literacy development.

Cradling Literacy is an excellent training for both parents and families to support early language and literacy. 

This training provides 12 hours of continuing education for $50/series.

Must be taken as a series to receive points for the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0.

Director's Lunch Box

Director's Lunch Box provides an opportunity for the leadership of programs to network, learn, and earn training hours.  Director's Lunch Box begins each fall and meets through spring.  Sign-up for this series of training and enjoy lunch while you learn.

This training is offered for $120.00 and provides 14 hours of continuing education training.

Environmental Ratings Scales (ERS)

ACECC offers training on the following Environmental Rating Scales and their sub-scales:

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)

The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS)

The Family Childcare Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS)


Expanding Quality for Infants & Toddlers

Our January EQIT classes are full. Please check back the last week in February for spring registration. Or sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on all of our trainings.

The Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQ) Initiative is offered in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. Our primary goal is to increase the quality and availability of responsive care for infants and toddlers throughout Colorado by:

  • Strengthening the skills and knowledge base of Early Childhood professionals working with infants and toddlers

  • Building capacity and promoting systemic change to foster increased quality and availability of care and services

  • Supporting leadership and collaboration at the community level

  • Facilitating professional development for infant toddler professionals, particularly those who are teaching or coaching infant toddler teachers

This training is offered for $50.00, and provides 48 hours of training.

Touch Points

ACECC’s Touchpoints Program is a model for training and supporting service providers who work in early care and education, who do home visits with families, who have young children or who work with families in any other capacity.  The emphasis is on building relationships with parents, sharing information on child development and providing anticipatory guidance.  Through the TouchpointsTM Model of outreach and prevention, professionals can form alliances with families to bring about healthier outcomes for children. 

What is a TouchpointTM?

A Touchpoint is a predictable period in a child’s development that:

  • provides opportunity for understanding and growth within the family

  • creates a period of behavioral disorganization resulting in disruption of family

  • can be an opportunity for guidance leading to change and healthy family functioning.


What is the TouchpointsTM Model?      

The Touchpoints Approach builds on the existing professional training and education of providers.  It is not intended to stand alone as a program, but be integrated into ongoing, early childhood care-giving and family intervention and interaction programs.  It aims to enhance existing service delivery systems, adapting to the diverse social and cultural circumstances present in families, individual providers and communities. The TouchpointsTM Model requires: 

  • recognition of the parent’s passion for their child

  • understanding and valuing parental experience

  • utilizing the behavior of the child to provide the language for collaboration.



  • is available to groups

  • taught upon request

  • provides 18.5 hours of continuing education

Safe Sleep Training

The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

Please join us for a Safe Sleep Training presented by ACECC staff.  This training is offered at no cost, and provides 1.5 clock hours.

Strengthening Families


This curriculum includes new materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners in multiple settings. There are 7 courses:

  • Introduction to the Protective Factors

  • Concrete Support in Times of Need

  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

  • Parental Resilience

  • Social Connections

  • Social and Emotional Competence

  • Moving from Knowledge to Action: Wrap-up Course

In conjunction with The National Alliance in Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds

Community Training Opportunities

The following is a list of training provided by our community partners and resources.

A Care Giver Network Family Provider Training

ACGN provides training for people interested in starting their own childcare out of their home, as well as, continuing education for early childhood providers who need professional development course hours to continue their child care licenses.  They offer courses in:

  • 15 hour Family Child Care Pre-licensing – Approved by the Colorado Department of Human Services and taught by providers currently caring for children.

  • CPR and First Aid

  • Medication Administration

  • Standard Precautions

  • Monthly Membership meetings on a variety of topics

  • Online Courses for continuing education


Developmental Pathways

Vocabulary Connection: Acquiring Language & Building Vocabulary

This training will discuss:

  • How children acquire language and how to develop strong vocabulary skills

  • The importance of vocabulary development in children and its link to academic success

  • Activities and teaching strategies for ages 1-5

Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2019 from 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Presenter: Michelle Moore, Director of Reading and Language Associates

Location: Developmental Pathways 325 Inverness Drive South Englewood, CO 80112

New! Early Learning & Development Guidelines Training

Visit the Colorado Shines Professional Development and Information System (PDIS)to complete a free online course. The course provides an overview of the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDG) and an introduction on how to use the Guidelines to support children's growth and learning.

Once you complete the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of quality early care and learning experiences

  • Identify supportive activities for a child who displays indicators described in the ELDG

  • Draft a curriculum that aligns with the ELDG

  • Describe how using the ELDG can help improve your Colorado Shines Quality Rating

This course counts as one clock hour toward a Level 2 quality rating.

Pyramid Plus Approach

18 training sessions on embedding evidence-based inclusion practices into the pyramid model framework which supports social emotional competence and addresses challenging behavior in young children.

Training @ Creative Infinity
February 18th - April 24th
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Cherise Robart (33) 809-4421

Training @ Creative Options, ACCO Boardroom
March 2nd - April 13th
Saturdays 8:00 - 4:30 pm
Contact: Lisa Head @

Registration deadline: February 22, 2019

Watch Me!  Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Visit the CDC Watch Me Training to complete this free online course. 

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.

This 1-hour, 4-module course focuses on:

  • Why monitoring children’s development is important

  • Why you have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring

  • How to easily monitor each child’s developmental milestones

  • How to talk with parents about their child’s development

Learning objectives for the training include:

  • List three developmental concerns that early care and education providers should monitor.

  • Identify at least three developmental milestones for class’s age group.

  • Describe how to use “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.

  • Describe two communication strategies to use when talking with families about their child’s development.

Continuing Education (CE) is available. You must complete all 4 modules, each quiz, and a final evaluation to qualify. Click here for instructions.

Send comments, suggestions, and feedback about this course to

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program in partnership with the Administration on Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Child Care America program, Head Start National Center on HealthNational Association for the Education of Young ChildrenChild Care Aware, and the Yale Child Study Center.