Professional Learning

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) works with EarlyLearn, 3-K for All, and Pre-K for All programs and other partners to support the NYCDOE’s larger vision for high-quality professional learning experiences. 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. 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.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Continuing in the 2020-21 school year, DOE programs supporting infants, toddlers, three-, and four-year-olds 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 2020-21 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 be 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 the 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

NYC Birth-to-Five Inclusion Conference

The DOE’s Birth–to–Five Inclusion Conference is a day of professional learning for early childhood programs. The conference is open to all childhood leaders, teachers, and staff that support children with and without disabilities in birth–to–five classrooms across New York City, including those at district schools (D1-32), District 75, Pre-K Centers, NYCEECs, State-approved nonpublic preschool special education providers, CPSE administrators, and FCC Network staff.

The conference is being held at Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, Columbia University, from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on March 16. This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Columbia University.

Registration for the conference is full. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit is also available for this opportunity.

For more information view the NYC Birth–to–Five Inclusion Conference flyer. For questions, email


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