Training Calendar

The Statewide Training Calendar identifies ECP approved training opportunities and is updated daily.

Conferences, Courses and Special Events

Some of these events may not have reviewed and approved by the ECP and will require that you complete an Individual Request for Training Approval form to verify your attendance which can be found under Professional Development Approval System tab.  Contact us if you have questions. 

Training Basics-Developing Basic Presentation and Active Learning Skills
Individuals who are new to conducting training and presentations or experienced trainers/instructors who wish to refresh their presentation and active learning strategies. 

Click here for more information about Training Basics
Click to download the Registration form
Registration deadline was January 1, 2014!!

Early Childhood Program Administration & Leadership
The University of Montana Western has partnered with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership to offer nine credits of online coursework that focuses on enhancing the managment skills, professional orientation, and leadership capacity of early childhood administrators.
For more information click HERE!

Brain Gym
April 25-26, 2014
Glasgow, MT
Brain Gym excercises are by far the easiest and fastest way to shift children and adults from scattered to focused learning. The excercises are simple, fun and can be done anywhere anytime. For more information contact Denise at 406.228.9461. Registration deadline is April 14, 2014.

11th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices
Addressing Challenging Behavior
April 23-25, 2014
St. Petersburg, FL
For more information and registration visit
Adult Learning I and II
May 29-30, 2014
Bozeman, MT
Do you need to complete Adult Learing I and II to become an approved early childhood Professional Development Specialist (PDS) in Montana and/or are you interested in sharpening your trainer skills? Please click on the link below for registration details! Registration information for Adult Learning I and II

The ACE Study Summit
May 29-30, 2014
Billings, MT
Child Wise Institute will host the ACE Study Summit focused exclusively on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their lifelong effect on vulnerable children and youth. For more information and registration details visit

Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference
June 2-4, 2014
Helena, MT
Look for registration information to come soon!

2014 MBI Summer Institute
June 16-20,2014
Electronic registration opens March 17, 2014. For more information visit

Helping Children Eat and Grow Well in Early Childhood
This training will be offered three times across Montana in Bozeman, Billings and Missoula. All of the sessions are identical and offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required.
Bozeman: June 17, 2014
Billings: October 9, 2014
Missoula: April 25, 2015
Register for this training at the Child and Adult Care Food Program website:>CACFP

NAFCC 2014 Conference
July 11-12, 2014
Orlando, Florida
Please visit for more information and registration deadline.
2014 Directors' Symposium
September 11-12, 2014
Holiday Inn, Helena
More information and registration will be listed closer to event!
2014 Montana Early Childhood Conference
"Together Creating a Community of Learners"
October 9-11, 2014
Billings, MT
Information and Registration coming in 2014

STARS Training

Montana’s Quality Improvement Rating system(QRIS) requires specific training at each STAR level. The Montana STARS to Quality program is currently being field tested. For more information visit or contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency.

Approved Distance Learning

The Statewide Training Calendar lists approved training opportunities and is updated daily. The calendar is searchable by type: online, correspondence and classroom (face to face).

Child Care Resources is your source for early childhood professional development!  Competitive pricing.  A wide range of courses offered on-demand, 24/7.  Individual feedback from instructors.  Guaranteed grading in 3 business days.  Logon to today! is a project of Child Care Resources, Inc.

Montana Asthma-Friendly Childcare training: Asthma Control Program
This 2 hour training aims to give child care providers basic knowledge about what asthma is, the signs of asthma exacerbations and how to manage an asthma attack in a child care setting.  Visit for more information.

Other Montana approved distance learning options include:
PBS TeacherLine
Check out the array of training available through PBS. The trainings vary in their lengths, content and cost. The following trainings/courses have been approved.   
Supporting Early Language Learners (ELLs) – Writing Development in Grades PreK – 3
Supporting ELLs – Vocabulary Development in Grades PreK – 3
Effective Writing Instruction
Supporting ELLs – Assessing Language Development in Grades PreK – 3
Supporting ELLs-Oral Language Development
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
Read with Me: Developing Early Literacy with Children
Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3
Raising Readers: Ready to Spark Word Power
Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Emergent Readers
Teaching Vocabulary-Word Meanings and Word Knowledge
Raising Readers: Ready to Read and Write with Digital Media
Raising Readers: Preparing Preschoolers for Success

Please submit a certificate to the ECP upon completion.   Log on to to find and register for these classes.

NAFCC Online Family Child Care Training
NAFCC is offering 2 online family child care training courses that are approved by the Early Childhood Project. Each course is worth 45 hours of training. Both classes are stand-alone and may be taken one at a time or at the same time. Log on to: NAFCC Online to find out more and to register.


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PO Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717
Fax: 406.404.1628

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