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Professional Development

Train and educate child care providers.

We offer a variety of educational opportunities for child care providers, through training programs and workshops on various topics of interest. We offer free resources through our Traveling Resource and Information Library Services (TRAILS).

Child Care Credential

The Division of Early Care and Education understands the importance of the work you do, and it wants to help produce the best caregivers and child care programs possible for West Virginia families. With that in mind, the Division of Early Care and Education has created a voluntary program, the West Virginia Child Care Credential, that recognizes individual child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations for training, education, and experience.

The four major goals of the Credential Program are to:

  • Help develop a professional workforce qualified to provide care for young learners

  • Improve your status and compensation

  • Recognize your professional learning and ongoing education toward new innovations in child care and early learning

  • Give you a structure for growth.

There are also incentives to you for participating in the West Virginia Child Care Credential Program. Once you achieve your credential status, a bonus of $500.00 is available through submission of verification to your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency.

WV Child Care Credential Application Form 

General Credential Employment Verification 

Preschool Specialization Employment Verification

Director's Specialization Employment Verification

Infant Toddler Specialization Employment Verification 

Portfolio Checklist

Preschool credential Checklist

Director's credential checklist

Infant Toddler credential checklist

Family Child Care credential checklist

Family Child Care credential employment verification

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