Professional Learning Opportunities

QSLA Connect continues to add to its on-line training offerings!

  • QSLA Connect offers self-paced, online courses as well as Live, virtual webinars and trainings from QSLA staff and our amazing community partners!  
  • All content is available in English and Spanish.
  • Self-paced courses provide you with greater access to high quality training content when it is most convenient for you!
  • New content will be added each month.  

Click the links below to enroll in our currently available courses!

Self-Paced Courses

Our Most Popular Trainings On Your Schedule!

Building Programs that Reflect Families’ Cultural Diversity

Are you looking for more ways to honor & celebrate families’ cultural diversity? This is the course for you! This QSLA Connect course discusses why it’s important to honor families’ racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, reflect on our program’s approach to interacting with families’ cultural diversity, figure out what culturally inclusive practices our programs can take up!

Supporting Positive Behavior Part 1: Best Practices

91.7% strongly agree that the organization of this course helped make it easy to complete.

Created due to popular demand, this course helps you manage challenging behavior – why it happens, how to handle it, and what best practices can prevent it – all while supporting the child’s wellbeing.

Supporting Positive Behaviors Part 2: Focused Interventions & BONUS! Yoga for Kids!

100% strongly agree they would recommend this course to others they work with.

Is your program struggling to manage challenging behavior? This second webinar will delve into more focused interventions (for when general practices don’t quite cut it), how to collaborate with families around their child’s behavior, and special bonus content: yoga for kids!

Creating More Mindful Family Engagement Practices

"From this course, I have learned that the key to mindfulness is to relax and slow down."

This self-guided course, which is based on Quality Start LA’s January 2020 Family Engagement Tip, will explore mindfulness and the value it brings to our relationships with ourselves and the families we serve.  


Creating Early Learning Spaces for All Families

"I have learned diversity can be portrayed through the children's toys such as multicultural play foods and dolls with different ethnicities."

This course helps you explore best practices in creating welcoming environments for all types of families – traditional, non-traditional, and otherwise – all while working with and empowering families’ voices.  

Zoom Basics - Part One


Zoom Basics – Part One is the first in a series of Self-Paced courses, meant to familiarize you with the basic functions of Zoom.

Available in English and Spanish


Zoom Basics - Part Two

This course is for those already familiar with the basic features of Zoom and looking to learn even more!

Check out our Zoom Basics-Part One self-paced course before this workshop to prepare!

Strengthening Families During Times of Crisis

This self-paced course, based on our May 2020 Family Engagement Tip and live webinar, explores how to use the Strengthening Families framework and the 5 Protective Factors to support families during times of crisis. 

Available in English and Spanish.


Hosting Virtual Events for Families

This course helps you explore best practices in creating welcoming environments for all types of families – traditional, non-traditional, and otherwise – all while working with and empowering families’ voices.  


Why Quality? A Closer Look at the ECE Competencies

QSLA’s self-paced course, Why Quality?, will help you explore and learn more about each of the twelve California ECE Competencies. Whether you are an experienced early childhood educator or new to the field, this course will provide you with valuable information to guide you on your early education journey, encourage you to reflect on your practices, and help you discover how to more effectively support children and families.

Available in English and Spanish

NEW QSLA Connect Live Trainings!

Supporting Language Acquisition for Infant and Toddler Dual Language Learners

Research shows that supporting home language development sets the foundation for English language development and later school success. In this training, we will examine language acquisition in infant and toddler dual language learners. We will discuss what typical language development during the early years looks like and what it looks like for dual language learners.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Define language acquisition as it relates to infant and toddler dual language learners.
  • Identify and implement strategies that support oral language development for infant and toddler dual language learners.
  • Examine characteristics of a high quality learning environment which supports oral language development.

Presenters: Viviana Longoria, Petra Cervantes, Head Start Child Development and Education Specialist

Friday, December 2nd
10:00AM – 12:00PM

PEACH & QSLA Collaboration:

Using Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Practices to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for BIPOC Families in ECE

PEACHs Anti-Racism & Equity Working Group and QSLA have partnered to launch this new series “Using Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Practices to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for BIPOC* Families in ECE.” The series, running from August 2022 – May 2023, will focus on creating conversation spaces with your early learning programs to better center anti-bias and anti-racist practices in your work with children and families, particularly in support of marginalized families of color.

*BIPOC is an acronym which stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

PEACH & QSLA: Community of Practice 1

Up next in our Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism series with PEACH is our first Community of Practice. Join this discussion to connect with other early educators around these complex topics, ask specific questions and share your best practices and lessons learned!

Facilitators: Alma Cortes, Cristina Espinoza, La Tanga Hardy

Listen to what your colleagues shared from our Color Blindness webinar, Part 2 in this series:

  • “Be color brave, not color blind; I learned ways to shift language to avoid microaggressions or unintentional colorism.”
  •  “Don’t be afraid to share about color differences with children.”

Thursday, December 6th
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Educational Equity Institute Café: Exclusionary Discipline Practices and Positive Expectations

Participants will reflect on the impact of exclusionary discipline used in early childhood education and will discuss how to practice developing equitable learning opportunities for all children.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Define exclusionary discipline practices
  • Discuss the impact of exclusionary discipline practices
  • Practice developing equitable learning practices

Presenters: Alejandra Castellanos, Dimple Gulrajani, Head Start Child Development and Education Specialist

Wednesday, December 7th
1:00PM – 4:00PM

UCLA: Art + Flow Self-Care Session for Providers

QSLA is happy to partner with UCLA Arts and Healing to offer “Art + Flow Self-Care Session for Providers,” a 1.5-hour live webinar focusing on self-care for providers.

Presenter: Nadia Fernanda Paredes, MA, LMFT, ATR, is a bilingual Registered Art Therapist.

This art-based session will focus on: actively relaxing, releasing negativity, finding joy in the creative process! You will receive quick self-care ideas to use during your workday, including around children. Bonus: Attendees will receive an art and self-care kit!


Materials to bring: Paper, markers and/or colored pencils and/or crayons  

Monday, December 12th
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Need Help Enrolling in our Live Trainings?

Need help signing up? Have any questions?

Check out our QSLA Connect Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage for helpful information. Please contact if your issue is not addressed here. 


  • Trainings are for QSLA participating programs and staff only (not for coaches)
  • Registration and Professional Development (PD) credit is provided through the ECE Workforce Registry within 2 weeks of the training. Don’t have an account? Create one for free HERE.
  • Training attendees will only receive credit hours upon completion of the entire training. If you cannot commit to the full duration of a scheduled training, check back for future opportunities, as we offer these trainings multiple times per year.
  • If you cannot attend a training for which you have already registered, please withdraw through QSLA Connect so that a waitlisted registrant may take your place. 

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Trauma Informed Care Series

The Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Training Series for Providers is a series of trainings created for the Los Angeles County Emergency Child Care Bridge Program that are available to all LA County childcare providers, including those who are not actively participating in the Bridge Program.

Child care providers can receive professional development credit for attending these trainings through the ECE Workforce Registry.  The 7 available modules include: 

  • Orientation to the Emergency Child Care Bridge for Foster Children
  • Module 1 – How Trauma Impacts Development, Part 1
  • Module 2 – How Trauma Impacts Development, Part 2
  • Module 3 – Identifying Childhood Trauma
  • Module 4 – Responding to Childhood Trauma, Part 1
  • Module 5 – Responding to Childhood Trauma, Part 2
  • Module 6 – Strengthening Families
  • Module 7 – Self-Care for Providers

Available Live Bridge Trauma Informed Care modules can be accessed via QSLA Connect!

Inclusive ECE: Live and Self-Paced Trainings!

You asked for trainings on Special Needs and Inclusion and we listened! Through our partnership with LACOE, QSLA providers can now access the 14 different Inclusive ECE (IECE) self-paced modules or sign up for upcoming LIVE courses by visiting the IECE website and making an account. 

*NOTE for QSLA Providers:  Please enter the phrase “QSLA Participant” in the comments/questions/special requests box when registering through LACOE’s on-line learning system.  

Upcoming Trainings:

Check the LACOE website regularly for newly added trainings.

Click the image above to download the PDF version with links to each professional development website.

QSLA & QSLA Partner Professional Development Calendar

Due to health and safety concerns related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), all in-person QSLA and QSLA Partner Professional Development trainings are on-hold.

However, we are offering many on-line webinars and trainings, so make sure to check your e-mail for information about any upcoming training opportunities! 


December 2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • TIC – Module 3: Identifying Childhood Trauma
  • DLL – English Supporting Language Acquisition for Infant and Toddler Dual Language Leaners
  • PEACH & QSLA: Community of Practice 1 (Anti-Bias & Anti-Racism Series)
  • TIC – Module 6: Strengthening Families
  • Educational Equity Institute Cafe: Exclusionary Discipline Practices and positive expectations
  • PEACH y QSLA: Comunidad de práctica (Parte 3 de la serie de antirracismo y contra prejuicio)
  • SEEDS – Parte 4: Responder en Momentos de Tranquilidad a los Bebés y Niños Pequeños
  • TIC – Module 1: How Trauma Impacts Development, Part 1
  • TIC – Module 6: Strengthening Families
  • UCLA: Art + Flow Self-Care Session for Providers
  • TIC – Module 7: Self-Care for Providers
  • TIC – Módulo 6: Fortaleciendo Familias
  • TIC – Módulo Bridge: Orientación al Programa de Child Care Bridge de Emergencia para los Niños de Cuidado Temporal
  • UCLA: Arte y fluir: sesión de autocuidado para proveedores/as
  • TIC – Módulo 3: Identificación del Trauma Infantil
  • TIC – Module Bridge: Orientation to the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children

How to Register for Trainings 

  • To attend any of the professional development trainings above, you must have an ECE Workforce Registry ID number and register for the training through the method indicated.  If you need an ECE Workforce Registry profile, click this link

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