Professional Learning

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) works with programs supporting infants, toddlers, 3s, and 4s* and other partners to support the NYCDOE’s larger vision for high-quality professional learning experiences. This work is driven by research as well as the leaders and teachers serving our children and families. All professional learning opportunities support the implementation of the research-based comprehensive Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF), the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC), and the Early Childhood Framework for Quality (EFQ). DECE professional learning opportunities align to these foundational documents to deepen a shared understanding and drive a unified effort to improve quality in our practice, preparing all children for success. All professional learning sessions include opportunities to support students with disabilities, engage families, and address cultural and linguistic diversity.

Each year DECE shares information about targeted professional learning opportunities with site leadership.

*For NYCEECs, this includes classrooms under contracts managed by the DOE. For district schools and Pre-K Centers, this includes 3-K for All and Pre-K for All classrooms.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Continuing in the 2019-20 school year, every eligible program supporting infants, toddlers, 3s, and 4s* will participate in a professional learning series: Create, Explore, Thrive, or Teaching Team Learning Communities. To learn more about the professional learning series, you can view this flyer. For questions about professional learning series, email

For the 2019-20 school year, we are continuing to partner with to manage communications regarding your professional learning enrollment and professional learning certificates.

In ProTraxx, you and your teachers will able to:

  • Access a personalized account with information about sessions and professional learning dates relevant to you;
  • Enroll for professional learning sessions and check enrollments;
  • View and print electronic professional learning certificates, which are produced in compliance with NY State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). For more information, visit the NYSED website

All teaching staff must individually register for personal professional learning accounts through Protraxx.

Register for your account now

For any questions about using Protraxx, please refer to the FAQs or contact

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