Enhancing Quality of Early Learning (EQEL) is a 20-hour training series completed over two years. The EQEL Year 1 and EQEL Year 2 training series are 10 hours each and build on content learned in Child Care Basics (CCB).  EQEL also meets annual in-service requirements after CCB is completed.

The EQEL training series is available at no cost for providers hired or promoted after August 1, 2019 into a role that requires this training. The EQEL training series is also part of PACE, the community-based training option for meeting WAC education requirements. Visit DCYFs Training Requirements webpage or contact your licensor for more information.

EQEL Year 1 includes Module 1: Culturally Responsive Practices and Responsive Caregiving, and Module 2: Brain Building and Executive Function.

EQEL Year 2 is a 10-hour training series which builds on content learned in Child Care Basics (CCB) and EQEL Year 1.  EQEL Year 2 includes Module 1: Engaging Interactions and Environments and Module 2: Positive Behavior Supports.

Child Care Aware will be offering EQEL self-paced through the DCYF Training Portal throughout the year. Please be aware that you must complete all online assignments between the start and end date of the course you select.

To Register or Search for Classes:
1) Log into the DCYF Training site.
2) In the Catalogue section on the left side, click on the Cohorts subtab
3) Under Role, select Licensed Child Care
4) All available trainings will be listed. Select the cohort you would like; start and end dates will be listed in the training title.
5) Click the blue Register button to enroll. After registering, the cohort will be listed under the In Progress section. You can access the training modules on the start date of the cohort.

If you would like to be notified when new classes become available, click here and fill out CCAC’s contact list for EQEL Year 1 and Year 2.  

If you have additional questions about classes in English, you can also contact Nancy Hobson at Child Care Action Council, Nancy.Hobson@CCACWA.org or (360)786-8907 x100. Si tiene preguntas adicionales, comuníquese con Norma Hernandez en Child Care Action Council, (360) 581-6704 o Norma.Hernandez@CCACWA.org.

EQEL Year 1 and Year 2 are also available as live online classes. For more information or to register for self-paced classes, click here.   You can also use the Find Training tab in MERIT to find additional available trainings and register.


Kim Mather-Schopen, Norma Hernandez, and Susan Burnham


FREE to providers required to take this training


Multiple Series Available


Online through the DCYF Training Portal