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.

2017 Directors' Symposium
September 28-29, 2017
Helena, MT
The 2-hour Pre-symposium will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 9:00 – 11:00 and will be a think tank session with topics of interest to directors in a small group, round table format. The Symposium will begin at 12:30 on Thursday and run until 3:00 on Friday the 29th.  Author Dan Gartrell EdD will be speaking on Developmentally Appropriate Leadership as it pertains to building partnerships with families, creating encouraging classrooms and getting beyond discipline to guidance. You must be a Center Director and current on the Practitioner Registry to attend. To Register log into and go to the Statewide Training Calendar. Search for the 2017 Directors’ Symposium and click Register Online below the description. This event is free and will provide 11 hours of Approved Training Hours if both the pre-symposium and the symposium are attended.

2017 Montana Early Childhood Conference
October 19-21, 2017
Helena, MT
Enjoy a wide variety of training sessions surrounding our theme of "Thriving Children, Successful Professionals, and a Healthy Society" at the conference. There are sessions for everybody and every level from advanced classroom skills to business practice and strategy, to advocacy. Register to attend at

Conference Guide

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.