Early Educators

Teaching Teachers and Child Care Professionals

Professional Development
for Educators

The Family Conservancy strives to ensure that every young child has access to high-quality early education, regardless of social standing. One highly effective way to improve the quality of early education programs is by supporting educators with professional development opportunities.

Available Trainings

Featured Events and Projects

Early Childhood Fall Symposium
CLASS Institute
Director's Leadership Academy


To learn more about the trainings offered by The Family Conservancy please click on the link below to view all of our upcoming trainings.

Training Calendar

Online Classes for
Early Education and
Child Care Professionals

Whether you’re looking to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or in need of continuing education to meet you annual child care training requirements, The Family Conservancy has a variety of online training opportunities to support early educators and child care professionals.

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Related Programs

Child Care
Food Program


The Family Conservancy is a sponsoring agency for the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP provides aid to family child care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children.

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Meet Our Coaches and Trainers

Jo Applegate Administrative Coordinator
Carol Ayres Early Education and Professional Development Specialist
Janelle Balarashti
Jenny Brandt Director of Early Care and Education
Jeannie Evans Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach
Nancy Heathman Quality Initiatives Early Learning Coach
Leanne Hilligas
Debbie Karlstrand Child Development and Inclusion Specialist
Heather Waterfield Early Education and Professional Development Specialist
Marsha Wiard Early Education and Professional Development Specialist
Mary Williams
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