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 been reviewed and approved by the ECP. In that case you may complete the online Individual Request for Training Approval within 90 days of the event. Click here the Professional Development Approval System tab to learn about how to find and submit that form to the ECP.

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

This course is offered twice each year and registration deadlines are in December and August depending on which course session you wish to enroll in. Go online to our statewide training calendar and search Montana Training Basics in the keywords to bring up the registration, find current registration deadline and complete the registration online!

Click here for more information about Training Basics

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!

The University of Montana-Missoula is pleased to announce two new master's degrees in Early Childhood Education. The M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and the M.Ed in Advanced Early Childhood Education. For more information visit
The University of Montana website and search Early Childhood Education.
State of the Young Child 2017
April 25, 2017
Missoula, MT
For more information click HERE

Trauma Informed Training Series
April 26-27, 2017
Livingston, MT
This training will describe trauma types, common reactions to trauma, and impacts of trauma on children's developmental domain areas. To register for this training and more information email

6th Annual Early Childhood Spring Collaboration
April 29, 2017
Billings, MT
For more information

Adult Learning I and II
May 17-18, 2017
Bozeman, MT
Do you need to complete Adult Learning I and II to become an approved early childhood Professional Development Specialist (PDS) in Montana and/or are you interested in sharpening your trainer, course facilitation skills? You may register for one or both days of training. You can register online at Contact the Early Childhood Project if you have further questions.

2017 Family & Group Symposium
May 20, 2017
Fairmont Hot Springs
Click HERE to see more information! You can also contact Child Care Connections at 406-587-7786.

Trauma Informed Training Series
June 2017
Bozeman, MT
The goal of this training is to help providers better understand the impacts of trauma on children and to learn strategies that can be used to support them. To register go to

2017 MBI Summer Institute
June 19-23, 2017
Bozeman, MT
Electronic registration opens March 31, 2017. For more information visit

27th Annual NAFCC Conference
July 19-22,2017
Mobile, Alabama
For more information visit
Great Beginnings, Great Families
August 16-17, 2017
Helena, MT
For more information visit

STARS to Quality Training

Montana’s Quality Improvement Rating system(QRIS) called STARS to Quality requires specific training at each of the five STAR levels. For more information visit or contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency at one of the seven regional offices.

Approved Distance Learning

The Statewide Training Calendar lists approved training opportunities and is updated daily. The calendar is searchable by delivery type: classroom (in person, face-to-face); hybrid (a combination, such as online and mail); web-based, self-paced; and web-based with scheduled sessions.
The following are options for online training that has been approved in Montana: 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.