Provider Access to a Community Equivalent (PACE) is an option for ECE roles who need an initial or short certificate (assistant teachers, lead teachers, or family home licensee.) PACE is a training series that includes Child Care Basics and EQEL Year 1 and Year 2. After completing these foundation trainings, providers complete the PACE Modules and On-the-Job Learning.  To learn more, review the PACE Program Overview or attend an upcoming orientation:

Interested in learning more about PACE?  Attend a free, 1-hour orientation to meet the trainers and find out more about the PACE training series.  Orientations will be held live on Zoom on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm.  Click here to pre-register for this date.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 6:30 pm.  Click here to pre-register for this date.

PACE Part 1 is a 20-hour training series that includes 3 Modules. Completion of PACE Part 1 and Part 2 are equivalent to the education requirement for the initial certificate.  Child Care Action Council is currently offering PACE Part 1 and plans to schedule Part 2 for spring 2023.

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.  PACE Modules 2 and 3 also include job-embedded learning activities.

To register for PACE Part 1: choose a Module below and fill out the Zoom Registration Form. Within a few business days, you will receive an email confirmation and Zoom link. After registration, monitor your mail and email for handouts and additional information.

PACE Module 1: Reflective Teaching – 9 am-3:30 pm on Saturday: January 14, 2023. This class is FULL.

PACE Module 1: Reflective Teaching (3 class series) – Thursday evenings: 6:30- 8:30 pm on April 13 and 6:30-8 pm on April 20 and 27, 2023. To register, click here and fill out the PACE Module 1 Zoom Registration Form.

PACE Module 2: ECE Then and Now (3 class series) – 9 am-12 pm on Saturdays: February 4, 11, and 18, 2023. Registration has closed for this series.

PACE Module 3: The Early Learning Profession (2 class series) – 9 am-12 pm on Saturdays: March 18 and 25, 2023. To register, click here and fill out the PACE Module 3 Zoom Registration Form.

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.


Kim Mather-Schopen and Debbie Roberts


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.


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