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!

A great place to start is the 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 for more information.

Other places to find quality training include conferences sponsored by your local AEYC, Faith-Based organizations, Texas Head Start State Collaboration Offices, Region IV Education Service Center and Collaborative for Children.

Texas Core Knowledge and Skills Areas for Practitioners:
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Professional Practice Methods and Curriculum
  • Guidance
  • Family and Community Relationships
  • Cultural and Individual Diversity
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Professionalism
Texas Core Knowledge and Skills Areas for Administrators/Directors:
  • Maintaining an Effective Organization
  • Financial Management
  • Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment
  • Guidance
  • Personnel Management
  • Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
  • Instituting Family Centered Programming
Texas Core Knowledge and Skills Areas for Trainers:
  • Adult Learning and Its Impact on Training Design
  • Training Methodology, Techniques and Presentation Skills
  • Group Process Skills
  • Topic Selection and Training Preparation
  • Evaluation and Training Outcomes


Texas Trainer Registry