Professional Development                                                                        

At PACCC, we invest in the pursuit of all aspects of education and child development. As part of our mission and values, we support the professional growth of educators in our local community. PACCC offers workshops, training, CPR and reflective discussion groups throughout the year. We also offer wellness workshops to encourage self-care and well-being for parents and professionals who care for children.

We incorporate researched-based education and systematic tools into PACCC’s program curriculum, events and activities intended to advance and maximize enriching experiences for children and families.

Questions or Information about professional development can be directed to Lisa Lewis-Cogswell, Director of Learning, Development & Culture, (650) 493-3100 |


PACCC Educators

Our 2022-23 professional development, specifically for PACCC educators will focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) benefitting the children and adults within our agency. PACCC has launched a framework to guide our agency with the objective to Shine, Adapt, and Grow in all areas of quality and bring our vision to the forefront through leadership management, Quality Matters, developmental assets, PAUSD Promise, P-3 Alignment, Desired Results (DRDP), Environmental Rating Scales (ERS), educational policies, and taking initiative to go beyond licensing standards. 

2022-23 Professional Development Opportunities

*Ongoing monthly trainings: Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), Mandated Reporter, and Anti-Harassment.

July Workshops

  • July 14 | CEN Leadership Training | Preventing Burnout: Self-care in a Selfless Sector
  • July 18 | Leadership & Management | Leading Change and Community Resources (Part 1)
  • July 19 | Leadership & Management | Leading Change and Community Resources (Part 2)
  • July 18-22 | Quality Matters, ASQ | Coaching: Infant-Toddler and Preschool Environments with Stephanie Hill
  • July 26 | Leadership & Management | Book Discussion, The Leader Lab
  • July 28 | Developmental Assets | YCS Call to Action Developmental Relationship
  • TBD | Quality Matters, ERS | Quality Improvement Rating System Element 2 – Developmental Health Screenings

August Workshops

  • August 9 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | Program for Infant-Toddler Care Language Development
  • August 10 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | Program for Infant-Toddler Care Understanding Children’s Behavior: Individualized Care
  • August 8-11| P-3 Alignment | Get set for TK
  • TBD | Tween Leadership Program | 4th and 5th grade Focus

September Workshops

  • September 7 | CEN Leadership Training | Management Basics Part 1
  • September 11 | CPR & First-Aid
  • September 14 | CEN Leadership Training | Fundamentals of Financial Wellbeing
  • September 13-14 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | WestEd PITC: Social Emotional Growth and Development
  • September 27-28 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | WestEd PITC: Social Emotional Growth and Development
  • September 20-22 | PAUSD Promise | CEN Leadership Training: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Liberation

October Workshops

  • October 4-5 | Quality Matters | WestEd ITP Community of Practice
  • October 11-12 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | WestEd PITC: Social Emotional Growth and Development
  • October 25-26 | DRDP, ERS, Quality Matters | WestEd PITC: Social Emotional Growth and Development
  • TBD | Quality Matters | The Classroom Assessment Scoring System
  • October 12 | CEN Leadership Training | Understating Non-Profit Trainings

November Workshops

  • November 14-15 | Quality Matters | WestEd Classroom Coaching
  • November 29-30 | Quality Matters | WestEd Classroom Coaching
  • TBD | Quality Matters | QRIS Environmental Rating Scales

December Workshops

  • December 6-7 | Quality Matters | WestEd PITC: Social Emtional Growth and Development
  • December 13-14 | Quality Matters | WestEd ITP Community of Practice

Researched-based Education and Systematic Tools and Resources

Second Step Curriculum uses a holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL concepts provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and decision-making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills. PACCC programs partners with Palo Alto Unified School District by implementing the Out of School Time curriculum at our After-School Programs, Early Learning curriculum at our Preschool Programs and Adult SEL curriculum for all PACCC educators.

Reflective Practice is a comprehensive practical look at creating systems, structures, and protocols for supporting people and focusing teaching practices around compassion, curiosity, innovation, and a new approach to leadership. As an agency that values life-long learning, nurturing, and leadership, PACCC is committed to embracing a culture of reflective practice in our everyday work with children, families, colleagues, and the community.

Developmental Assets are positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help children thrive. The Search Institute created the developmental assets framework and has identified 41 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. In collaboration with Project Cornerstone, PACCC works to advance learning opportunities for children, families, and staff within our programs in relation to The Search Institute framework.

Desired Results (DRDP) is a systematic Quality Matters tool used to observe and measure children’s development to make sure we are hitting the desired result benchmarks and allowing children an abundant of opportunity to thrive! Using Learning Genie, our child development specialists complete the Desired Results assessment, and share results with their teaching team and set goals to meet each child’s individual needs as well as the needs of the program as a whole.

Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) is a Quality Matters tool used to elevate our program environments by going beyond CA state standards. ERS assesses overall program quality in a variety of early childhood and after-school settings, measuring both essential environmental provisions as well as teacher-child interactions that affect the broad developmental needs of young children.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is a Quality Matters tool used as a research-based method of measuring, evaluating, and improving teacher-child interactions. CLASS enables high quality interactions, which lead to improved academic and social-emotional outcomes for students. The interactions teachers have with children influence learning, development—even lifelong achievement. PACCC will use the tool as a journey of continuous improvement that will help define teaching through the lens of interactions, it provides the ability to measure and improve the interactions that matter most for student outcomes. By using CLASS data, we can focus on what matters most for child outcomes and interactions.

 CPR & First Aid Certification