The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) reflects Oklahoma's commitment to quality early care and education by providing professional development that produces results! Created in 1998 using federal child development block grant funds, the Center supports the individuals who work in licensed child care facilities throughout Oklahoma. The settings include Head Start programs, family child care homes, child care centers, and pre-Kindergarten.
Major funding is provided by the Oklahoma Human Services, Oklahoma Child Care Services (OCCS) and supports numerous professional development opportunities for child care providers and teachers. Opportunities include the Leadership Academy (for directors and administrators), specialized training, Child Care Careers, online classes, a professional development registry, Entry Level Child Care Training, Directors’ Entry Level Training, Quest for Quality: Early Learning Guidelines Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s, Quest for Quality: Early Learning Guidelines for Preschoolers, and a Video Lending Library. The professional development assists teachers and directors as they work toward success in the Reaching for the Stars tiered reimbursement program.