The Alaska SEED Trainer and Training Approval System

The goal of the SEED Trainer and Training Approval System is to ensure the quality of professional development for early childhood and school-age educators in Alaska. Ongoing education and training is essential to providing high-quality services to children and families. This new system ensures trainers meet consistent standards and training contains high-quality content that reflects current research, aligns with the SEED Registry, is based on the Core Knowledge and Competencies and the Early Learning Guidelines, and is delivered in a way that reflects how adults learn best. By implementing this new system Alaska joins 25 states that have a Trainer Approval System and 20 states that have a Training Approval System.
The Trainer and Training Approval process includes training for Early Care and Learning and Specialized training (training outside of early care and learning). The Trainer and Training Approval System will have specific requirements for trainers and trainings. When we launch this new voluntary system in February 2018, we encourage anyone who provides training to apply to become a SEED-approved Trainer and complete a training approval application for all of the training they provide. SEED-approved trainings will be required for advancement on the Alaska SEED Career Ladder. In the future, oversight agencies such as the Child Care Program Office may also require that all trainers be SEED-approved Trainers and all training be SEED-approved.
Please check back often for the most current information on the Trainer and Training Approval System. You can also contact Maria Cortina at or 907.265.3132.

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