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Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development Overview

Research consistently shows that there is a correlation between the level of professional development in early childhood care and education professionals and the quality of the early learning programs. Oregon offers several options for child care providers and educators to gain knowledge and improve their practice. We put together resources here for child care providers and educators to learn more and connect to the right professional opportunities for them.

Oregon Registry Online

The Oregon Registry is a statewide professional recognition program that records and recognizes the growth and achievements of early childhood care and education professionals. It does this by:

  • Recognizing the training hours, college coursework and degrees providers complete related to the early childhood care and education field through a sequence of 12 steps.
  • Providing a guide for future professional development.
  • Giving eligible providers money related to different steps they achieve  (Education Awards & Scholarships).
  • Promoting the profession while recognizing child care providers as professionals.

The Oregon Registry’s online component called Oregon Registry Online (ORO) is the statewide database that stores all submitted training and education and verify it for system use. The Office of Child Care within the Early Learning Division relies on ORO to track child care licensing trainings. Similarly, the Department of Human Services uses it for the Enhanced Rate Program. ORO produces a training and education summary for each person who has an account. This online component includes a training calendar and provides participants online access to their own training and education accounts.

Create a myORO account and find child care training offered statewide. 

Child Care Resources and Referral is another way to learn about child care trainings in your area. Visit the website of your local Child Care Resources and Referral or call for more information.

Oregon Registry Online Forms and Resources

oregon registry online


Spark, formerly known as Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System or QRIS, is a statewide program that raises the quality of child care across the state. Spark recognizes, rewards and builds on what early childhood care and education professionals are already doing well. It helps ensure children in Spark programs are ready for kindergarten by connecting providers with coaching, professional development and resources that they can put into practice with confidence. Many kinds of providers and educators participate in Spark, from large centers to in-home care, working with children from birth through school age. Start your journey today and take advantage of the benefits of becoming a Spark program.

To find out more click the button below or contact your local Child Care Resources and Referral.


Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety (ICCHS)

The Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety training is a free, two hour online training provided by the Oregon Center for Career Development. This training is designed to provide basic health and safety training for child care providers in Oregon.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (RRCAN)

Child care and early childhood professionals are among those who are required to report suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the state of Oregon. This training will help you to learn the process for reporting incidents of child abuse or neglect.

Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

Set One
Families and Community Systems (FCS)
1 Hour

Sometimes all it takes is a series of unfortunate events and no safety net to quickly make a once thriving family lose their home. Whether this is occurring to a family that is new to your program or an existing family in your child care setting, homelessness has a devastating impact on families and their young children. This training will provide early learning professionals with an introduction to families experiencing homelessness and strategies to provide compassionate care during this traumatic time for these children and their families.

The training is a fillable, interactive PDF. Adobe Acrobat Required.  The file may not preview in your browser.  Download and save the file to your computer following your internet browser instructions to a location you can remember. Then open in your Adobe Acrobat product.