Training and Education

Professional Development Services

What do you need to know to help a choking infant? How do you deal with an angry child? Over 300 classes a year at Think Small will give you the training you need to answer questions like these. Classes are held at Think Small as well as sites around the east and west metro. Classes are also available in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Lao, Karen, East African, Somali, Oromo, and Amharic.

If you are interested in the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, the classes at Think Small will meet the CDA training requirements. For more information, contact our Statewide Education Coordinator at (888)291-9811 or

Training Policies September—December 2017

NEW Training Requirements for Licensed Family Child Care 


Classroom Training

Early childhood professionals must be well trained to give children the best possible guidance and care.

All trainings are now available to view and register at!

View our entire Training Catalog: September–December 2017 Think Small Trainings
or view our Training Catalogs by county:

How to Register Online at 

How to Create a Develop Individual Account


Ways to Register

Registration will not be accepted without payment.


Online Training

Eager-to-Learn Classes are multi-week, in-depth, learning experiences.  Students particpate in weekly live chat session, respond to message board questions and write a weekly e-mail reflection.  See upcoming classes or register at Eager-to-Learn.


Tailoring Your Training

Are you interested in customized, on-site training? Whether you are a center director looking for in-service staff training or the leader of a family child care provider group, we can help. Think Small’s experienced, MN Center for Professional Development approved trainers, will present trainings at your site on a wide variety of topics. You can pick any training listed in our catalog, or choose from the available MN Core Competency Content Areas below, which can be tailored to your needs:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Learning Environment and Curriculum
  • Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs
  • Interactions with Children
  • Families and Communities
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Professional Development and Leadership

For more information about Tailored Training, contact the Professional Development Coordinator in your area: In Ramsey, Washington or Anoka Counties, call 651-641-6623. In Hennepin, Scott, Carver, or Dakota Counties, call 651-233-2294.


The Business of Child Care

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Family child care providers will find business-related training, telephone and e-mail support, and informative publications by visiting the Business of Child Care section of our website.