Professional Development & Scholarship Programs


ACECC Training Calendar

Information about upcoming professional development opportunities including training events and announcements from ACECC. Register early- classes fill up!  New classes for Fall will be announced soon! Please check back.

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Professional Credential
Legislation passed in 2000 established the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential. The legislation created a voluntary tiered system of credentials that recognizes increased knowledge and experience for those who care for and educate our youngest children. The early childhood field was actively involved in the creation of the credential system and has enthusiastically embraced it. In 2005, legislation moved the professional credentials from a pilot project to statewide availability. Credentials ensure that all professionals caring for and educating young children have the same core early childhood knowledge regardless of setting – family child care, child care centers, public schools. The Credentials help create a system of education and training that promote the optimal development and education of young children. An infant/ toddler endorsement on the early childhood credential and a system of school age/youth development credentials are also offered.

Visit Colorado Department of Education to learn more.

To Register for PDIS and Apply for a Credential Visit Click Here

Do you know about the Mandatory Trainings Required for Child Care Workers?  Please Click Here to download the list- Mandatory Trainings for Child Care Center Workers  See also the separate list of requirements for Family Child Care Providers- click here Mandatory Trainings for Family Child Care Home Providers

A CareGiver Network is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of offering support and training to all child care professionals who work with young children. A CareGiver Network believes that both a strong support foundation and continuing education lead to the development of quality child care professionals. Their website also provides referrals for childcare.

Arapahoe County Family Childcare Association is a non-profit organization that began over 30 years ago, and currently has a membership of approximately 200 Licensed Family Child Care Providers in Arapahoe County whose goal is to provide working parents with useful information regarding quality child care, as well as provide a network for child care providers. Their website has referrals also provides referrals for childcare.

Child Care Licensing

For information about licensing, director’s qualifications and early childhood teacher qualifications visit

College Scholarship Applications
When funding is available, ACECC provides college scholarships to licensed Family Child Care providers, staff of licensed Child Care Centers, and licensed School-Age Programs to help cover the cost of college tuition and supplement the cost of related text books. A maximum $300 per semester will be granted.

Applications must be received by the specific deadline to be considered for the upcoming semester. They cannot be faxed.

Spring Semester: November 15th
Fall Semester: July 15th

Submit completed applications to:
Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
c/o Kacee Miller

6436 S. Racine Circle Suite 100

Centennial, CO 80111

Click  to download the College Scholarship application.

Click Here for the 2017 Scholarship Application

For more information contact Kacee Miller, Professional Development Coordinator at 303-916-5683 or