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Professional Development

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

Professional Development Opportunities

CCA of WA Professional Development Academy logoBrightSpark 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 will meet Washington State’s mandated training program requirements for early learning providers.

Trauma Informed Care Training offered thru Brightspark Early Learning Services


  • *You may be able to find other Trauma Informed Care Trainings that meet the requirements for the Fair Start for Kids Act by searching MERIT using “FSKA.”


  • Additional information regarding Trauma Informed Care Training, supports and financial awards can be found on the DCYF website linked here.


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STARS Quarterly Training

STARS Quarterly Training

New quarterly offerings are published at the beginning of the following months: January, April, July and September.
Professional Development Institute or PDI!

Professional Development Institute or PDI!

Weeklong (virtual) institute that offers a variety of STARS trainings on childcare and education practices. Registration for this year's institute is now closed - check back for later for more special events!
Customized Training

Customized Training

Led by a state approved STARS trainer, you can request specific training for your staff delivered to your site or virtual on a date that works best for your schedule. You choose the format that works best for you and your program!

Summer Quarter trainings are happening NOW. Register soon for best options.

Our Philosophy

To create and sustain Professional Development, anchored in a culture of quality in equitable services, that is accessible to and representative of the various communities we (should) serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)

All preservice, training and in-service training is mandated thru the Washington State Administrative Code,             Chapter 110-300,  titled Foundational Quality Standards

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