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Professional Development

We collectively work to provide you with the most equitable and innovative adult learning opportunities in child care and early learning education practices.

Who We Are

BrightSpark Early Learning Services

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Education for Every Early Learning Provider

BrightSpark partners with CCA of WA’s Professional Development Academy to provide a variety of opportunities for you to achieve your STARS hours, such as in-person training, virtual training, workshops, customized training at early learning programs, book studies, or institutes/conferences.  All of our professional development opportunities meet Washington State’s mandated training program requirements for early learning providers.

Trainings Offered

You've got options!

Our Professional Development team offers a wide range of classes to suit you and your teams’ needs. From virtual trainings hosted on Zoom to customized in-person workshops, we offer information on a variety topics that are meaningful for early learning providers providing all types of care. View our different options below!

Quarterly Class Offerings

Every quarter, the Professional Development offers new, exciting classes taught by either BrightSpark staff or community leaders in early learning. Classes are held either online or virtually, and always earn attendees STARS credits! For updates on seasonal class offerings, check out our Professional Development events page!

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Customized Trainings

No matter how big or small your team is, the BrightSpark Professional Development team can create customized trainings that suit your needs! Offered either virtually or in-person (on-location at your program site!), we work with your schedule to offer trainings on the topics that are most important to you.

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Deep Dive Trainings

Deep Dive trainings are offered throughout the year and cover a variety of complex trainings that are critical for early learning educators. These trainings last multiple sessions, are lead by BrightSpark experts, and provide a wholistic understanding of several nuanced topics, including expulsion prevention, the business of Child Care, and trauma-informed care.

More information coming soon!

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Professional Development Institute

We offer a yearly Professional Development Institute (or PDI), which is a weeklong, virtual, all-hands-on-deck training “conference” jam-packed with multiple STARS-approved classes per day! The PDI is usually held in the Spring quarter. The 2023 PDI has passed, but stay tuned – registration for 2024 will be announced soon.

More information coming soon!

Our Philosophy

Our BrightSpark Approach

First and foremost, everything we do at BrightSpark is informed by our agency’s mission to nurture and sustain child-centered, antiracist early learning communities.

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Our professional development offerings help you better support the growth and development of the children in your care (child-centered). Our agency highlights and challenges racist assumptions and practices that adversely impact many children so that, in partnership with you, we find ways to give every child an equitable start in life (antiracist).

Our work is also informed by YOU! We are committed to strong workforce development, engaging adults to meet the ever-changing needs of children, families and the communities they serve and support.

Integrating Core Competencies

We strive to ensure that our professional development offerings meet community and individual needs, while aligning with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. The Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the Core Competencies for School-Age Child Care and Expanded Learning Professionals can be found here (available in English, Spanish and Somali).

These core competencies are utilized in planning all of our professional development offerings:

Resources & FAQ

Training Resources

Navigating STARS requirements and other trainings to maintain your provider license can be confusing, but we’re here to help! (All preservice training and in-service training is mandated through the Washington State Administrative Code, Chapter 110-300, titled “Foundational Quality Standards.”)


Frequently Asked Questions

Get in touch!

Do you have questions about BrightSpark’s Professional Development program, or are you looking to connect with us? We’d love to hear from you!