FREE Professional Development Online for Early Childhood Educators

During these unusual times, many in-person professional development opportunities, such as conferences and trainings, have been canceled or put online. Learning from professional development is important to improve and strengthen our skills and techniques in early childhood education. So we have curated a list of free professional development opportunities that you can attend from your home.

  • Connect Modules
    Free early childhood practice-focused instructional resources
    TOPICS: inclusion, special education, communication, tiered instruction
  • Head Start Webinars
    Free webinars from Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
    TOPICS: inclusion, supervision, fatherhood, home safety, feeding
  • Sesame Street In Communities
    Free professional development, courses, and interactive trainings
    TOPICS: early literacy, developmental domains, resilience, early math, family engagement
  • Early Childhood Webinars by Hatch
    Free webinars with certificates
    TOPICS: kindergarten readiness, distance learning, math talk, robotics, language, autism, classroom management
  • Early Childhood Investigations
    Free webinars with certificates
    TOPICS: equity, virtual learning, trauma, boosting enrollment, mindfulness
  • WIDA Early Years eLearning Modules
    Self-paced interactive modules
    CREDIT: up to five hours of ISBE and/or Gateways credit available
    TOPICS: dual language learners, disabilities, multilingual children
  • Gateways to Opportunity – Illinois Professional Development System
    TOPICS: social emotional, leadership, development, STEAM, and more