Growing the Workforce Newsletter | July Edition

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Through the Power of Learning


The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families' (DCYF) new newsletter, Growing the Workforce, is a resource for all individuals who are in the business of delivering professional learning supports to the early learning workforce.

This quarterly newsletter takes place of the former Trainer Gazette.


What's in This Issue?

Quick Updates

State-Approved Trainer Renewal

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All trainers will need to go through a renewal process by Dec. 31, 2020. The main reasons for the renewal are to update the trainer roster and gather feedback about the program.

The trainer renewal application will be available on SurveyMonkey in the fall. Trainers will be asked to:

  • Provide feedback on trainer supports, policies and procedures.
  • Update their professional information in MERIT.
  • Review the Standards of Practice and Professionalism for State-Approved Training.

You can read more about the trainer renewal process in the updated Standards of Practice and Professionalism guide.

Guidelines for Resuming In-Person Training

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Counties across the state vary in their reopening dates due to the Governor’s phased Safe Start Reopening Plan. This will have an impact on when in-person state-approved training will resume across the state.

If your county enters a phase that allows for in-person training to resume, trainers should adapt their in-person training environment to respond to:

Rethinking the State-Approved Training Program

We are working collaboratively with professional development partners, state-approved trainers and others to revise the state-approved training program. The revision will focus on:

  • Embedding an anti-bias approach into all aspects of the program.
  • Improving ease of access and navigation of resources, policies and procedures.
  • Aligning the program with nationally recognized best practices.
  • Developing trainer-specific learning opportunities.
  • Updating the trainer competencies.

We invite you to participate in this process. You can share your thoughts with us through this survey or by emailing


Training on COVID-19


COVID-19 is on everyone’s radar and many people are seeking out learning opportunities on this topic. Since this is a sensitive topic, DCYF is reserving the right to restrict delivery of COVID-19-related content for in-service hours to select professional development partner organizations.

Organizations who develop COVID-19 content for in-service hours must do so in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health and DCYF. All COVID-19 trainings must be delivered at no cost to providers in order to assist with participation.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: I am a state-approved trainer who delivers trainings for my organization. I will be transitioning out of my role soon. What do I and my organization have to do to prepare for my departure?

A: If you have any active training rosters that have a range of dates that you are delivering for that organization, you will need to create an end date for those trainings. Next, you must also communicate your transition to any participants who are enrolled in your course to allow them time to complete the training. Once the roster has an end date, new participants cannot be added to the training. In order for your organization to restart those trainings, they will need another state-approved trainer to recreate those trainings in MERIT.

Q: I am going through the state-approved trainer application. Is it possible for the trainer observation to be done in a language other than English?

A: Yes, we can provide trainer observations in Somali and Spanish. We will need additional time to coordinate an observation in these languages.


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This newsletter is geared toward individuals who deliver professional learning supports to the early learning workforce.

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Questions, Comments or Suggestions

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If you have any questions or ideas for improving the newsletter, reach out to the Professional Development Team.