The Institute for Education and Professional Development offers high quality, research based educational opportunities for early childhood and out-of-school time educators. The instructors at IEPD have a vast array of experience including; Head Start, Family Child Care, Center Based, Preschool, and public preschool programs. Each instructor holds a master's degree in education spanning special education, elementary, and early childhood education. The Director of IEPD holds a Ph.D. in adult learning with a concentration on supporting diverse working adult learners.

The trainings designed by IEPD are founded on a social-constructivist approach to learning. The design process begins with conducting research on current and best practices regarding the training topic. This is followed by completion of a professional development outline incorporating learning outcomes and objectives, content, learning activities that attend to all learning styles and approaches, and formative and summative assessment practices to evaluate learner's behaviors in relation to the stated learning objectives. Ongoing evaluation of comprehension is an integral part of each learning session resulting in "on the spot" adaptations and support to increase each learner's growth. Each professional development opportunity is evaluated by the learner and the instructor, potentially resulting in changes/improvements to the training that will be used in subsequent sessions.

IEPD offers more than 200 trainings each year. Most of these trainings are 5 hours or longer and are approved for continuing education units (CEUs). IEPD has provided professional development for family child, center-based programs, public preschool programs, private preschool programs, Head Start, Department of Public Health, college faculty, public school principals, teachers, and superintendents, early intervention, and other agencies interested in supporting children in the early education and out of school time setting.

IEPD also offers on site and "virtual" coaching and mentoring for programs. IEPD has offered coaching and mentoring to family child care, center-based and out of school time programs, as well as public school preschool programs. These services have been well received by educators and have resulted in significant program improvements and higher credentialing, including QRIS level increases, CDA certification, and NAFCC Accreditation.

For more information about IEPD's professional development opportunities and to view their Course Catalog please visit their website www.iepd.org