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Trainer Approval Program (TAP) Process

The Division of Early Learning (DEL) Trainer Approval Program (TAP) ensures that trainers of the District of Columbia early care and education workforce are individuals that possess professional career experiences and education in the field that are both relevant and aligned with the mission of DEL professional development objectives and priorities. Certified trainers are well versed in their areas of expertise and specific core knowledge areas and demonstrate their understanding of the District of Columbia Common Core Early Learning Standards.

The goal of the approval application for certified trainers is to ensure the District of Columbia early care and education workforce has access to high-quality training opportunities by interacting and learning with qualified presenters who will positively impact the quality of the care, teaching and learning that truly benefit children and families.

The timeline for the initial approval and renewal application processes is below:

Initial Approval Application Application Due Jan. 31
  OSSE Review Period Feb. 1-March 31
  Deadline for Notifying Applicant about Certification Status April 1
Renewal Application Certificate Expiration Date Three years from the date certification is issued
  Renewal Application Due Jan. 31 of the year in which certification expires

The current TAP manual may be found under “Attachment(s)” below .

TAP Applications and Reports

If you have questions about the TAP process, please contact DC Child Care Connections, DC’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency, at (202) 829-2500 or [email protected].

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