Institute for Early Learning

Evidence-based professional development builds the skills and capacity of early childhood educators and directors.

Collaborative for Children is dedicated to improving the quality of early care and education for all children in the Greater Houston region. We recognize the extraordinary impact that child care professionals have on the children in their care during the critical years of development from birth to age five. That's why the professional development team of experts at Collaborative for Children is focused on building the skills and capacity of early childhood care providers in our region. 

Group Classes

Highly skilled experts in early childhood education conduct quality face-to-face training sessions throughout the year at locations across the 13-county region. Class size is limited, and attendees earn hours toward annual professional development training. See our schedule of group classes.

online classes

Written by experts in early childhood development and education, our online classes are convenient, self-paced, and can accommodate busy schedules. Certificates and professional development hours are awarded upon successful completion of the course material and pre and post-tests. The online classes are delivered in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational agency of the Texas A&M System. View our online course list.

*AgriLife is in the process of upgrading to a new system. On March 15, 2019 at 12 p.m., the system will stop accepting new users, and existing users will be unable to enroll in new courses. You will have until 12 p.m. on March 21 to complete any remaining courses and purchase, download, or print course certificates. Please check back for updates. 

NEW! STEM Courses Online! 

Our six new STEM courses are designed to help preschool teachers and child care providers implement developmentally appropriate science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning in their classrooms. See our STEM courses.