Provider Access to a Community Equivalent (PACE) is an option for some ECE roles who need an initial or short certificate (assistant teachers, lead teachers, or family home licensee.) PACE is available at no cost to providers who have chosen this community based option to meet the education requirement for their role. Each PACE Module requires attendance and participation in live, online classes and completion of a workbook and job-embedded learning activities.

The PACE training series includes Child Care Basics and Enhancing Quality Early Learning (EQEL) Year 1 and Year 2. Completion of these foundational trainings plus PACE Part 1 and Part 2 are equivalent to the education requirement for the initial certificate. To learn more, review the PACE Program Overview.

PACE Part 1 is a 20-hour training series that includes 3 Modules. After completing Child Care Basics and EQEL Years 1 and 2, providers begin the PACE Modules and On-the-Job Learning. The PACE Part 1 Modules are completed in order, beginning with Reflective Teaching.

PACE Part 2 is an additional 20-hour training series that includes 3 Modules. Providers must complete all Modules in PACE Part 1 before beginning PACE Part 2.  Completion of PACE Part 1 and Part 2 are equivalent to the education requirement for the initial certificate.

To register: Choose a series below and fill out the Registration Form.  After registering, watch your email for additional information.  One week before the first class, you will receive a confirmation email with further details, including the workbooks and Zoom link used in this training series.  Please note, you must attend all classes in each series to receive credit.

Current PACE Series (Registration Closed):

PACE Part 1, Module 1: Reflective Teaching (3 class series) – Wednesday evenings: 6:30-8:30 pm on October 11 and 6:30-8 pm on October 25 and November 8, 2023.

To be added to a waitlist or notified when new classes become available, contact Nancy Hobson at (360)786-8907 x100 or

Need help determining if PACE is the right fit for you? Use DCYF’s Guide to Professional Development Plans to learn more about PACE and the other options available. If you need additional assistance, you can also reach out to the MERIT Workforce Registry Support Team, or 1-866-482-4325 option 5.

To receive STARS credit, you will be required to participate in this session by typing comments or participating in surveys, polls, and discussions. As a participant, you must be able to view the instructor and visuals aids.  You will not be required to show yourself on camera, but it can be nice to have face-to-face contact. Tips for participating in the class will be emailed to you the week of the training. Requirements: stable internet access, audio via phone or speaker, and an email address.


Debbie Roberts, Kim Mather-Schopen, Susan Burnham and Tracy Goodrich


FREE to providers who have chosen PACE to meet their education requirements

Registration Reminders

  • Registration is required 48 hours prior to class.
  • Those arriving more than 15 minutes late will not receive a certificate or refund.
  • Class cancellations will be posted on our training calendar, and registrants will be notified.


See series dates above


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