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Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Incentive (PDI)


The Professional Development Incentive program is a voluntary statewide professional development program for early childhood educators in a child care setting.  The goal of this award is to increase the quality of child care by caregivers receiving ongoing education and training.


Eligible caregivers completing the requirements, and who maintain a minimum of ten hours of approved training per year, will receive a yearly cash bonus.  Caregivers who choose to get a Level 4 or higher will get a substantial increase in award amount.


For more information you can visit the Utah Registry for Professional Development (URPD) website.


*NEW* Beginning July 1, 2019, professional development incentives will only be awarded to eligible participants at the successful completion of a Career Ladder level. Only one incentive may be awarded for each level.

State programs you may wish to participate in

TOP Star (Targeting Obesity in Preschool & Childcare Settings) Endorsement

By the time a Utah child reaches 1st grade, one out of every five are at an unhealthy weight increasing the risk for heart disease, type II diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Since life-long eating and physical activity patterns are established early in childhood, efforts to promote the development of healthy habits must start now. This is one of many reasons why childcare providers play pivotal  roles in the lives of children they serve
Do you seek to develop optimal nutrition and physical activity environments within your facility? TOP Star, a FREE continuing education program for childcare providers, is the program for you! The goal of TOP Star is to assist child care providers in establishing healthy environments through self-assessments, goal setting, workshops, and ongoing technical support and encouragement from a Community Health Consultant.

If you are interested in participating in this FREE program or would like more information, click the links below or contact the Davis County Consultant, Kristen Brimley (, 801-525-5077), or the Weber-Morgan County Consultant, Sunny Hayes ( We hope you will join this important initiative to improve the health of the children in your care and create a healthier future for each child in Utah!


For more information on becoming Top Star Endorsed click on one of the following brochures:

or visit

There are also some national programs you may wish to participate in

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The CDA National Credentialing Program is a program that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals. It is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment, and credentialing of child care staff, home visitors, and family child care providers. You can visit the CDA Council website for more information.



Certified Nature Explore Classroom

Nature Explore is a national nonprofit program of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, which works collaboratively with a network of organizations throughout the nation. Our goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.  Nature Explore provides research-based workshops, design consultations and resources created to support programs as they continue to connect children and families to the wonders of nature.



National Accreditation

National accreditation is available to early childhood and school age child care programs that meet high standards for best practices.

The following associations offer national accreditation:



Each national association has their own accreditation requirements and procedures. All involve a self-study of the program followed by an observation/validation visit from a national accreditation representative.

Other websites that may be of interest

ASPR (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response) Blog

While this blog is geared toward those working in school-age programs, there are some things to consider and helpful tips for creating an emergency plan.



Care About Childcare - Weber State University

1351 Edvalson St Dept. 1309

Ogden UT 84408-1309
(801) 626-7837

Care About Childcare - Weber State University is a program of Weber State University's Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education's Child & Family Studies Department.

Funding is provided by the Child Care and Development Fund and the Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care.