The following resources will help you plan and implement your professional development in the early childhood field.

Career Advisement

Career Advisement Counseling is available through the Early Childhood Innovation Center at Delaware State University. An ECIC career advisor can help you make decisions as you plan your career path, and connect you with resources and support to ensure your success. More information is available at

Developing Your Professional Development Plan

The Scope and Sequence process can be used by professionals to determine what professional development experience comes next in the sequence based on level.  Professionals can determine which professional development experience is a good fit for their role.  The following are Scope and Sequence processes for the target age groups of your students.

Scope and Sequence Infant/Toddler (PDF File)

Scope and Sequence Preschool (PDF File)

Scope and Sequence School Age (PDF File)

Professional learning opportunities provide new knowledge, a chance to share ideas, and network with peers.  Take advantage of planning your professional learning in advance.  Some questions to reflect on include:

  • What is your qualification or career pathway goal? (For example, you may be an assistant teacher now, and your goal is to become qualified as a teacher.)
  • What topics would help you improve your practice in your program? (For example, you may benefit from some behavior or social emotional development topics while looking for some new classroom strategies.)
  • What topics are you interested in? (For example, you may be interested in science.)
  • What training/education is required by regulations? (For example, you may need to renew your CPR certification.)

Updated OCCL Approved/Required Individualized Professional Development Plans (IDPD):

Center Professional Development Plan (PDF File)

Family Child Care Professional Development Plan (PDF File)

Large Family Child Care Professional Development Plan (PDF File)

For questions or support as you develop your Professional Development Plan, call 302-831-3239.

Annual Training Hours/Licensing Requirements

Annual training hours are required under Delacare Rules for those working in licensed child care facilities. More information on licensing requirements and specific annual training requirements can be found on the Office of Childcare Licensing website.