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Trainer Approval Program (TAP) Process

Last updated July 8, 2024

The goal of the Division of Early Learning (DEL) Trainer Approval Program (TAP) is to provide the DC early care and education (ECE) workforce with access to high-quality training opportunities in which they interact and learn with qualified presenters who will positively impact the quality of the care, teaching and learning that truly benefit children and families. Professional development (PD) trainers of DC’s ECE workforce must possess professional career experiences and personal education backgrounds in the field that are relevant to and aligned with the mission of DEL PD objectives and priorities. Certified trainers vetted through the TAP application process are well versed in their areas of expertise and specific core knowledge area(s) and are able to effectively demonstrate their understanding of the District of Columbia Early Learning Standards (DC ELS).

Initial Approval and Renewal Application Timeline

Initial Approval Application Application Period Jan. 1-31
  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 Period Jan. 1-31 of the year in which certification expires

TAP Manual

TAP Applications and Reports

TAP Certified Trainer List

If you have questions about the TAP process please contact Hurley and Associates, LLC (H&A) at [email protected] or (202) 905-2358.

Related Content: Professional Development Resources for Early Learning Educators | Early Learning | DC Child Care Connections | DC Common Core Early Learning Standards | Core Knowledge Areas