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Professional Development

Child Care Action Council provides services and classes and conferences designed to support the important work you do with young children. We offer a wide range of training opportunities to support caregivers and build quality care in the community.

Professional Development Academy
We offer a variety of classes to support child care providers in meeting STARS requirements and professional development goals. Our professional development program includes classes in all of Washington's Core Competency areas, as well as classes to support those working toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Most classes are $10 per hour and vary in length and location. View current class list and register online>>
Beginning in 2013, providers will be eligible to receive monetary rewards based on their participation in MERIT and verification of their education, as well as for progressing on Washington's Career Lattice by 2015.  More info on MERIT>>

Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals
Washington Scholarships supports early learning professionals who wish to expand and enrich their expertise in Early Childhood Education. Our goal is to advance the early learning field by improving the educational qualifications, incentives and retention of the early childhood workforce. Please visit for more information.

Child Care Basics Classes
Within 6-months of being licensed or hired, providers must meet the STARS Basic Training Requirement. These 20-hour courses cover current information on guidance, growth, development, health and safety. The cost is $150.* CCAC offers The 20 Hour Child Care Basics for Mixed Audiences, which is designed for both center and family child care. This class is offered quarterly on Saturdays. View current class list and register online>>

*Once per year you may request a reimbursement for up to $150 of STARS training. Log on to MERIT and look under the "Applications" tab for more information or to request reimbursement.  

Child Development Associate Credential
The Child Development Associate is a nationally recognized credential, which allows a candidate to supervise or direct a center, or be a lead teacher. The CDA Cohort is a 9-month program meeting the requirement of 120 training hours. 

CDA Cohort
If you enjoy a traditional classroom setting, our CDA Cohort is a great way to increase your knowledge and participate in discussions with other child care professionals. By attending every Tuesday night and one Saturday per month, you earn enough hours to meet the 120-hour CDA requirement in 9 months. If you already have several classes in your training history, you can attend only the classes you need for $10 per hour of class. Class discounts are available for those students who need all of the hours and can pay in lump sums: $900 if you pay for all 120 hours at once or $1,000 if you pay for all 120 hours in 3 payments ($350 in Sept. and Jan., plus $300 in April). 
Register for our CDA Cohort now>>

In-Service Training
CCAC trainers are available to come to your center to offer STARS classes designed for your staff. Contact Connie through our Provider Services line at 360-754-0817 to request a topic from our training calendars or to discuss other potential topics.

How to Register
Registration is required at least 48 hours in advance of class. For your convenience, CCAC offers four easy ways to register and pay:

  • Online registration>>
  • Call our Provider Services line at 360-754-0817 and pay with a credit card
  • In person at CCAC’s Ofiice at 3729 Griffin Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98501

            Please note: No payments will be accepted at class

Call our Provider Services line with questions at 360-754-0817.
Review CCAC policies on tuition, late arrivals, cancellations, refunds and more>>


For a printable list of upcoming classes in January-April, click here.