As an early care and education professional, you know how important it is to stay informed of the constantly changing research related to how children learn and develop. A great way to do this is by attending as many quality professional development opportunities as possible. In Texas, particularly in the Gulf Coast Region, there is an abundance of training and professional development resources at our disposal. The key to accessing them is to know where to look! Here are some great places to find quality training including conferences.

Here are some great places to find quality training including conferences.

Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children

HAAEYC provides a spring and fall conference for early childhood providers, as well as Connection events which are mini conferences around a specific topic such as Infants and Toddlers.

Gulf Coast Association for the Education of Young Children

The GCAEYC is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Galveston, Brazoria and Southeast Harris Counties. The organization seeks to improve teaching and learning by building the early childhood profession and promoting awareness of issues affecting children and their families.

Collaborative for Children

Collaborative for Children provides early childhood training sessions to teaching staff, caregivers, directors, assistant directors and owners working in Licensed Child Care Centers or in Registered/Licensed Family Child Care Homes in the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton. Trainings cost $15 per three hour sessions. Scholarships to conferences, CDA classes, and college courses are posted when available.

Collaborative for Children Online

Collaborative for Children, in partnership with the Texas Agrilife Extension Service, an educational agency of the Texas A&M System, is now offering quality online trainings for child care professionals. These online courses are self-paced early childhood courses that can help you and your staff meet state training requirements. Our courses are convenient to access and provide you the flexibility of choosing your own training hours. Training courses are based on the latest research and best practices in early childhood. All courses are $12.

Agrilife Extension Online (Part of Texas A&M System)

Online courses for child care professionals seeking to fulfill state-mandated training requirements or obtain hours toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential. Courses are 1-2 hours long and cost $7-$14.

Agrilife Extension and Child Care Licensing Online (Part of Texas A&M System)

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, in partnership with the Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, offers free quality online training for child care professionals, parents, and Child Care Licensing Staff.

Child Care Education Institute Online

CCEI provides child care staff with a pathway for professional development, education and certification goals. A student can start with individual professional development courses, move into a certificate program and articulate coursework into a degree program with one of our college partners.

Faith-Based organizations
Presbyterian Weekday Methodist Conference

The purpose of this conference is to provide a continuing education opportunity for teachers, caregivers and directors in church-related weekday early childhood programs that will enhance their abilities to nurture and educate the children entrusted to their care.

Early Childhood Methodist Conference

Two days filled with helpful and challenging training, and opportunities to visit with teachers from other schools to share experiences and teaching techniques.

Region IV Education Service Center
R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference

The Harris County Department of Education sponsors an annual Early Childhood Winter Conference for more than 2,500 early childhood educators from Harris County and surrounding areas. The conference provides a high-quality professional development opportunity for educators in programs serving young children (ages 3 through 8) in public and private schools and preschools, as well as Head Start and other childcare programs. Each year, the Conference Planning Committee for the ECWC selects nationally known keynote and featured speakers, along with experienced local presenters, to ensure that conference sessions are of the highest quality, representing the latest research and best practices in early childhood education. Conference sessions address early literacy, language arts, fine arts, mathematics, inclusion, classroom management, science, social studies, integrated curriculum and other topics relevant to early childhood educators. The one-day conference, held in January of each year, provides an opportunity for conference participants to attend the keynote presentation and three small group sessions. In addition, over 50 exhibitors provide displays of educational materials. Each year, evaluations reflect the high quality of the conference. The early childhood component of HCDE is proud to support the Early Childhood Winter Conference and invites you to be a part of this exciting professional development opportunity.

Texas Head Start State Collaboration Offices
Texas Trainer Registry

The Texas Trainer Registry is a component of the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System and consists of trainers who are certified to train in one or more of the state's core knowledge and skills areas for Practitioners, Administrators/Directors and Trainers. Individuals or groups seeking training can search by core knowledge area, trainer name or by geographic region. There are more than 300 trainers listed on the Texas Trainer Registry and they are waiting for you to contact them! Visit for more information or click here.


Texas Trainer Registry