Learning Opportunities

Whether you are just entering the field, or looking to advance in your career, the Coös County Director Network is committed to supporting early care and education professional development opportunities.

The links below provide information forlearning opportunities in the field of early childhood education. Read a brief overview about each organization/service and click over to their website for more information.

Credential & Scholarship Programs

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
The CDA® is a credential that early childhood educators can earn to demonstrate certain competencies and, in turn, can help them advance their careers. The CDA is carefully administered to ensure that those who earn it know how to put important ECE understandings into practice.

The CDA can be a component toward qualification as an administrator or lead teacher and is renewed every three years.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NH Scholarship Program – Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® New Hampshire (T.E.A.C.H. NH) provides comprehensive scholarships to enable early educators to take coursework leading to credentials and degrees by making it possible for them to afford both the time and expense of going to school.

There are colleges and universities across New Hampshire and our bordering states that offer degrees and certificates in Early Childhood Education. These institutions allow you to explore your passion for ECE and learn about curriculum and teaching strategies as well as understanding the role and impact of family and community in a child’s education. Take a look at the list below to find the right fit for you.


Credential & Scholarship Programs


Professional Development

Professional development is required by the state of New Hampshire child care licensing rules (See the NH Child Care Licensing Rules He-C 4002.30 for further information) and gives providers the opportunity to enhance and increase their competencies in meaningful and intentional ways. This is a crucial part of a job as an early childhood educator. The links below provide information for professional development opportunities in the field of early childhood education. Read a brief overview about each organization/service and click over to their website for more information.

Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire
Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire provides quality professional development opportunities through their training and technical assistance services to improve program quality and increase teacher competency.

Early Childhood Investigation Webinars
Early Childhood Investigations is an ongoing series of conference-quality free webinars for early childhood educators. These engaging webinars are presented by many of the thought provoking leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. The webinars explore critical topics that offer new ideas and insights to early childhood professionals, especially administrators.

Nature Explore Workshops
Engaging, inspiring, research-based Nature Explore Workshops support you to partner with nature as you foster whole child learning in your schools, early childhood programs, museums, libraries, parks, environmental education programs and more.

National Association for Educating Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. Everyone works together to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Readleaf Press
Established in 1973, Redleaf Press is a leading nonprofit publisher of exceptional curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals. Their educational and instructional publications improve the lives of children by strengthening and supporting the teachers, trainers, and families who care for them.

Positive Discipline Association
This two-day interactive workshop is designed for early childhood educators, teachers, and caregivers who work with children from birth to six years of age. Participants will learn to apply the principles and tools of Positive Discipline, an Adlerian research-based philosophy, to working with groups of young children.

The Pyramid Model Consortium – ePyramid Modules 
Children need positive relationships, and for over 15 years, The Pyramid Model has worked to support social and emotional development in early childhood classrooms. Through evidence-based research, innovative techniques, and global reach, they empower children, birth to 5 years, to succeed in school and life.

ProSolutions Training – New Hampshire Course Catalog
Looking for knowledge that you can bring into the classroom? Select from 100+ interactive online training hours. All courses are skills-based, allowing you to reflect your individual teaching style.

iSocial Training
The goal of iSocial Training is to improve social-emotional outcomes of infants, toddlers and young children      (birth to age 5) in New Hampshire through the implementation of evidence-based Pyramid Model Framework. Choose from a selection of Training Opportunities on their website.


Life & Safety Training Resources (First Aid/CPR)

Northwoods Center for Continuing Education
The Northwoods Center for Continuing Education (NCCE) is an American Heart Association (AHA) Affiliated Cardiac Life Support Training Center located at Weeks’ Whitefield Physician and Conference Center facility in Whitefield, NH. They serve the educational and training needs of area hospitals, EMS services, and other healthcare institutions in the northern regions of New Hampshire and Vermont.

American Heart Association Online
The American Heart Association’s CPR & ECC inspires the world to save lives and envisions a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest. Their network of authorized AHA Training Centers and Instructors offer in-person classroom training and skills sessions. Schedule training, find contact information, or see course options for your local Training Center with their online tools.

Lancaster Fire Department
Contact Zina Smith at (603) 788-3221 for more information.