PennAEYC is committed to the professional growth and development of early care and education professionals in Pennsylvania. Our work is grounded in the belief that each and every professional deserve access to professional development that honors their current knowledge and experiences while challenging them to use a new lens as they experience both familiar and new materials rooted in developmentally appropriate practices for young children.
Upcoming Professional Development Sessions
Join PennAEYC for the 2023-24 CDA Credential Classes
Classes are offered online in both English and Spanish, check it out today!
PennAEYC is pleased to partner with the ECE Professional Development at PASSHE to offer CDA Instruction classes in English or Spanish. Pennsylvania’s early childhood educators within the Central Region who work at least 25 hours/week providing care to infants, toddlers, and pre‐school aged children are eligible for course funding. Students can complete the coursework which will prepare you to take the CDA credential exam. This instruction is provided at no‐cost (yes, it’s free!), through PennAEYC and the Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization (ECEPDO@PASSHE)! Assistance in navigating the process of obtaining the National CDA Credential will also be provided!
Courses are community based and offer 120 classroom hours of CDA preparation. All courses are offered in a live virtual environment. The PennAEYC CDA Class is a cohort of study that requires full participation in 120 hours of classroom attendance and associated assignments for understandings of the required CDA curriculum content. The cohort model requires full completion (120 hours and all associated assignments) to obtain credit for the course. It is important to understand partial credit will not be given if this course is not completed in full. You must acknowledge below your acknowledgment of this course style.
*Please note PennAEYC DOES NOT AWARD the CDA Credential. The CDA Credential is awarded by the National CDA Council. Application for the CDA Credential can be completed following the successful completion of 120 clock hours of the CDA required content instruction. Information about the CDA Credential process and Credential Application can be found at https://www.cdacouncil.org/en/about/learn-about-the-cda/
Course work can be offered in both English and Spanish. It is important to note that in order to obtain a CDA Credential in Spanish the CDA Candidate must be teaching daily in a mono-lingual Spanish classroom or a designated Bilingual classroom. The required course work can be taken in Spanish, however unless you are currently teaching in a mono-lingual or bilingual Spanish class, the CDA Credential application, test, assessment and portfolio must be completed in English.
*Verification is required for registration.
To get started and to see if you are eligible for funding visit the ECE Professional Development Organization at PASSHE to get started https://ecepdo.org/get-started/
Contact Rose Snyder at email@example.com or contact a PASSHE Professional Development Specialist in your community! PennAEYC courses are funded with support from the PDO at PASSHE. Students must work in a program in the PASSHE PDO Region.
Classes will be held:
Class 1 - Tuesdays November 7 through June 18 from 6:30-9:30; Saturday Dec 9, Jan 27, Feb 10 and Apr 13 from 9:00-3:30 and no class December 26
Class 2 - Wednesdays October 18 – June 19 from 6:30-9:30; Saturday Dec 16, Jan 13 and Feb 17 from 9:00-3:30 and no class Nov 22 and Dec 27
In addition to the CDA coursework, PennAEYC offers a variety of professional development topics delivered by experienced and engaging staff who share information based on the most current research and classroom implementation strategies. For more information on how to enroll in the 2023-24 CDA classes contact Rose Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for our professional development can be done through the PA Keys Professional Development Registry. Search PennAEYC on the PA Keys Registry calendar to find scheduled events in your area. Events can be scheduled as private fee for services events by contacting PennAEYC Director of Education and Operations, Rose Snyder. PennAEYC can offer support and consultation in the development of a PD plan designed to meet your program and staff needs.
Please note PASSHE PDO funding for this course is limited to the PASSHE PDO Central Region (identified in green on this map).
September 30 Shippensburg Chapter Conference Shippensburg Chapter Conference 9.30.23
October 11 from 1-3 pm Using Social Media to Advocate for Children registere here
October 30 from 1-3 pm Advocacy Basics register here
November 1 from 6-8PM Where Does the Money Come From? register here
PASSHE Partners for Professional Development details here
Mandated Reporter training links are available here
First Up: Champions for Early Education (Philadelphia area) check out this site
Trying Together (Pittsburgh area) check out this site
NAEYC Annual Conference National Association for the Education of Young Children Conferences
Nashville, TN — November 15-18, 2023
Anaheim, CA — November 6-9, 2024
NAEYC Professional Learning Institute Stay tuned for date and location!
Recent online sessions
Pennie PA Health Exchange Webinar
PennAEYC hosted the team at Pennie: PA's Health Exchange website who presented information about affordable, individual health care options in the open insurance market place for the commonwealth. The slides below are a great resource for Pennsylvania's early learning providers and others looking for affordable health care options.
Access the slide deck here Pennie™ Pennie - OE2022 Short w Scenarios
June 2, 2021 Mental Health: Exactly What Is It? View the presentation
Medicaid Eligibility and Other Health Insurance Options During COVID-19 Presented by PA Health Law Project
- Slides PennAEYC Webinar Health Insurance COVID-19 _ PHLP Slides FINAL
- Handout Impact of COVID-19 Stimulus Payments and UC on Public Benefits
Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You (Part 1) Turning Pandemic Trauma into Healing for Adults and Children presented by Holly Elise Bruno
- Slides Choosing Hope When Face with Unbearable Sadness - Exchange SEPT-2019
- Handout Home-Grown-State-Administrator-Resource-Guide
PennAEYC offers a variety of professional development topics delivered by experienced and engaging staff who share information based on the most current research and classroom implementation strategies.
See a full list of the current professional development offered by PennAEYC.
Registration for our professional development can be done through the PA Keys Professional Development Registry. Search PennAEYC on the PA Keys Registry calendar to find scheduled events in your area. Events can be scheduled as private fee for services events by contacting PennAEYC Director of Member and Educational Services, Rose Snyder. PennAEYC can offer support and consultation in the development of a PD plan designed to meet your program and staff needs.