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Specialized Training



Research confirms that formal education and on-going professional development are linked to positive outcomes for children.

As a result, Ohio has included specialized training as one of the five benchmarks that programs must meet in order to achieve a Star Rating.


   approval process  


  • Individuals seeking to be approved trainers and training approvals must be recognized as Ohio Approved. Information regarding Ohio Approved professional development can be found on the Early Childhood Ohio Website:
  • The following requests will need to be submitted and approved through the Ohio Professional Registry at
    • All instructors must submit their application through the Training Approval and Scheduling Center.
    • Trainings seeking to be Ohio Approved.
    • Any organization that has PDTrack access must submit events such as conferences or special one-time only events such as a national speaker to the Registry for approval.
    • Community of Learners and Study Group Professional Development
  • Organizations who do not have PDTrack access and who would like to submit conferences or special one-time only events for approval, please click here.      
  • For information regarding out-of-state conference approvals, please click here.