Professional Development and Training: Institute for Early Learning

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The Institute for Early Learning offers professional learning opportunities for educators working with children. Courses, workshops and online sessions provide educational opportunities that support quality learning experiences and quality learning environments for children of all ages. These continuing education classes also help meet professional development requirements for permitting and licensing.

The Office for Children's Institute for Early Learning registration process takes place six times per year (February, April, June, August, October and December). Registration for professional development classes for early childhood educators will be available at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each registration month for classes that begin the following two months. IFEL staff will be available to respond to email and phone inquiries between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on the evening that registration begins every other month.  

Read more about the pdf-icon-small registration process.

Family Child Care Providers

If you are a family child care provider, you can enroll in six IFEL courses throughout the year and you can also enroll in six Child Care Business Workshops

Child Care Center Staff

If you work in a child care center or preschool, you can enroll in six IFEL courses throughout the year. Up to five staff from the same center or preschool may enroll in the same course or workshop.

  Contact Us

If you have questions, you can contact the Institute for Early Leaning in these ways:

  • Call 703-324-3044 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Email the training office.
  • Visit 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 920, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Cancellation Policy

Generally, if Fairfax County Government or Fairfax County Public Schools are closed, the Institute for Early Learning/Family Child Care Business classes are cancelled. Occasionally, classes may have to be cancelled due to circumstances that create unsafe conditions or for other unforeseen reasons.

When classes have to be cancelled, attempts are made to reschedule sessions, however, rescheduling is not always possible due to instructor schedules or the availability of the facility where the class is to be held.

When classes are cancelled, notification is provided in several ways, including:

  • An email cancellation notice is sent to everyone enrolled in the class who has an email address in the IFEL training database. When email cancellation notices are sent, please respond to the email by clicking "reply" and sending a short response letting IFEL know that you received the message and are aware of the cancellation.

  • For those who do not have an email address in the training database and/or those who do not reply to the email notification, class participants will be called. If someone does not answer the phone, a voice mail message will be left with details about the class cancellation.

  • The greeting on the Institute for Early Learning information line (703-324-3044) is updated whenever a class is cancelled or rescheduled. Please listen to the entire message on this line if you call the office and no one is there to answer your call.

If you have any questions about the cancellation or rescheduling of a course, please send an email or call the Institute for Early Learning information line at 703-324-3044.

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Institute for Early Learning
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pdf-icon-small   November & December Classes

pdf-icon-small    January & February Classes

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Institute for Early Learning
Online Webinars

The Institute for Early Learning offers professional development through online webinars. View information about each webinar and register for the webinars that are of interest to you.

For more information about online webinars, please call 703-324-3044.


Institute for Early Learning
Class Cancellation Policy





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