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. Go online to our statewide training calendar and search 501501 in the keywords to bring up the registration and complete the registration online!

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Registration deadlines are: December 31 or August 18-depending on registration semester!

2016-12th Annual Montana Early Childhood Program Directors' Symposium

Are you an early childhood center-based director or assistant director? If so REGISTER TODAY for this exciting professional development opportunity designed just for you. The symposium is scheduled for September 15-16 in Great Falls, MT at the Hampton Inn. 

Please note:
**You must be current on the Registry to attend.  We will be checking your online Registry status. 
**You must attend both parts of the full symposium from 11:30 – 5 on Thursday and from 9 -12 on Friday to receive the full 7.5 hours of featured training.  The 2 hours on Thursday morning and the 2 hours from 1 - 3 on Friday afternoon are optional sessions, BUT you must pre-register for them if you wish to attend!
**The room block at Hampton Inn is under Directors’ Symposium Early Childhood Project.  If that block is full they should refer you to the Hilton Garden Inn, with a block under the same name.  There will be a shuttle from the Hilton to the Hampton daily.  State rate will be honored at each hotel for room blocks.

2016 Directors’ Symposium Schedule

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.

Montana Afterschool Alliance Conference 2016
August 15-16, 2016
Bozeman, MT
For more information visit

2016 Great Beginnings Great Families Conference
August 23-25, 2016
Helena, MT
For more information visit dphhs/mt/gov/gbgfconference
Montana Farm to School Summit
September 22-23, 2016
Bozeman, MT
Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, growing school gardens and providing nutrition, agriculture and food education. Visit to register.
Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead!-Mtaeyc Conference 2016
October 20-22, 2016
Missoula, MT
Early Educators Leadership Conference
October 12-15, 2016
Leesburg, VA
For more information visit:

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.