What is Develop?
Develop is Minnesota’s quality improvement and registry tool. Develop is a partner agency of the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, otherwise known as Achieve. Achieve strives to support all members of the MN Childhood Care and Education Workforce. According to the Achieve site, Achieve provides customer service, support, and resources to Childhood Care and Education practitioners and trainers. Achieve uses Develop to process membership application submissions and to provide members with personalized membership application support based on needs and goals of each individual member.
Develop offers professional development and quality improvement tools in one centralized website in order to support members of the early childhood and education workforce of Minnesota. Once your application is processed through Achieve, you will have access to the Develop system. On Develop, a wide variety of childcare training listings are provided. Develop manages all of your trainings and keep the records all in one place. The system allows you to locate training by a specific trainer or by specific keywords. AIR Child Care Training Solutions has multiple courses listed on the Develop registry.
Minnesota Childcare Training Tools
While there are many great tools available to childcare professionals, here’s two that we’ve found to be very useful.
‘Search For Training’ tab in Develop allows users to search for trainings and trainers. Users can look through the training calendar or the course catalog to find trainings interesting to them. Users can also search by location, date, event ID, or subject if they know a specific area that they are interested in. If a user is interested in a particular trainer, they can search using the Trainer Directory. Users can narrow the search by selecting expertise areas, language, competencies, and so much more.
Saved Events allows users to find events they are interested in and save them in a specific area. If you walk away from the computer, see one that’s interesting but do not need hours currently, or want to keep looking, the Saved Events tool can become very handy.
How many in-service training hours are required in Minnesota?
According to the 2019 Minnesota Statutes and section 245A.40 Child Care Center Training Requirements, license holders must ensure that center directors, staff, substitutes, and volunteers complete in-service training each calendar year.
The center director and staff who work 20 hours or more per week must complete 24 hours of in-service training per calendar year. Staff who works 20 hours or less per week must complete 12 hours of in-service training per calendar year.