Professional Development and Continuing Education

Resources are available to Idaho licensed child care providers to either complete the required continuing education credits or participate in the professional development program. 

Continuing education

Continuing education: Child care providers participating in the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) will be required to complete a series of free online courses designed to cover a variety of health and safety topics for providers in Idaho. 

City licensed providers – Check with your city to determine whether trainings will meet local ordinances.

Professional development program: You may apply for recognition when you complete 20 or more hours of professional development. Professional development hours include any combination of IdahoSTARS-approved training, targeted technical assistance, and college credits related to early childhood education (ECE). Find more information on the professional development and quality ratings at IdahoSTARS. 

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For state daycare licensing, each owner or operator of a daycare center licensed by the department must receive and ensure that each staff member receives and completes four hours of ongoing training every 12 months. IdahoSTARS-approved training can support providers in meeting this requirement.
The professional development system offers opportunities to increase knowledge and skills in early childhood education. Participants may qualify for scholarships to support professional development.