Early care and education providers spend every day helping children learn and grow. Now it’s their turn!

For more than 20 years, the Professional Development Program (PDP) has helped Contra Costa’s child care providers advance their education and training in early childhood education, and rewarded them when they do. Child care providers working in Contra Costa County with children birth to age five may be eligible for stipends when they earn six units of college coursework, meet education milestones, complete training hours.

2021-2022 Professional Development Program (PDP) Application Period is open!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Professional Development Program with stipends for eligible childcare providers working with children ages 0-5 years in Contra Costa County.  You may apply between 9/15/2021 – 1/15/2022, but we encourage all interested providers to apply by the early application date, October 31, 2021.

Before you begin the application process, you must have an Early Care & Education Workforce Registry Account and Registry ID Number, a.k.a. WorkForce Registry ID Number or WFR#, which begins with 100 and is 9 digits total.  A WFR# is required and necessary to apply for PDP, to register for and attend training and professional events, and to upload proof of training completion.  If you do not have a WFR#, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to www.caregistry.org and click “Register Now.”
  2. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to activate your account.
  3. Click the link and log in.  You must log in to activate your account and to get your WFR#.

We recommend that you keep your WFR# number stored in your cell phone contacts for easy reference since you will need it throughout the year.  Visit www.caregistry.org for Frequently Asked Questions and a tutorial on how to use the Registry. You may also contact Terrissa Hein, Education Liaison, Early Care & Education Programs, Contra Costa County Office of Education at thein@cccoe.k12.ca.us or 925.942.3397.

To support your successful participation and completion of PDP this year, we placed two easy tracker tools for you in the PDP Guide.  You might want to print out these two pages to help you track your progress. Don’t have a printer? Email us and we will mail the trackers to you (email your First and Last name, home street address, city, and zip code to etreanor@first5coco.org).

  • PDP Guide page 4: A step-by-step chart for the application process.  We expect you to reference this chart for important steps, dates, and instructions, such as where to send your Application Packet.
  • PDP Guide page 5: A participation checklist which outlines your actions and progress points from application time throughout the rest of the program year, September 2021-June 2022.

We look forward to partnering with you on your professional growth journey, whether you are taking your first college courses, or you have a degree and just need professional development hours. To apply for PDP, please start on page 4 of the PDP Guide with Step 1: Complete Application Packet.