Professional Development Advisement

The Professional Development Advisor (PDA) Program is designed to assist early care and education (ECE) and school-age (SA) care practitioners plan and achieve career goals.  ECE and SA practitioners or child care centers may request this free service through Gateways to Opportunity.

PDAs have extensive ECE and/or SA work experience, education, and knowledge of available resources related to professional and career development.  PDAs are available throughout the state to assist in these areas:

  • Exploring careers in early care and education and/or school-age care
  • Creating a professional development plan
  • Guidance in building a professional portfolio
  • Locating available courses and professional development opportunities in your area
  • Providing information about different early care and education and/or school-age care credentials/certificates and their requirements
  • Sharing resources for financial assistance to be used for coursework or training
  • Coaching you on how to find the information you need to accomplish your goals
  • Finding help with basic English or math skills
  • Request a Professional Development Advisor


Helpful Tool:

Professional Development Plan
The purpose of the Professional Development Plan is to assess a practitioner’s current standing in early care and education or school-age care. From that assessment the form can be used to identify short term goals (e.g. attending a training) and long term goals (e.g. completing a degree) as well as professional goals and barriers. This form can be completed independently or through requesting the free assistance of a Professional Development Advisor (PDA).


Advising is also available for child care centers.





Gateways to Opportunity is funded by public and private support including the McCormick Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation,    

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