Brief Program Overview

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Trainer Institutes provide training for educators, program managers, and other professionals responsible for supervising and training infant/toddler care providers and teachers. Certification requirements include a training outline for each of the 16 PITC topics, one expanded training plan for a topic for each module, and reflective journaling related to the topics, and participation in the October and May interactive sessions, Upon completion of the Institute and all certification requirements participants receive a certificate of completion from WestEd and the California Department of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division (CDSS-CCDD) that recognizes them as trainers for Modules 1–4.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Trainers
  • Coaches
  • Higher education faculty
  • Program administrators
  • Educational consultants
  • Early Head Start staff
  • Child care resource specialists


The tuition fee for the PITC Trainer Institute (includes all four modules) is $6,100. This fee covers: 

  • PITC caregiving guides, trainer’s manuals, and supplementary reading materials
  • Five–day launch – virtual sessions with faculty and asynchronous study
  • One two–hour certification session (end of first Module)
  • Participation in the 24–week online learning with facilitators with embedded certification
  • Two–day wrap–up – virtual sessions with faculty

Limited Fellowship Opportunities for California Residents

very limited number of fellowships are available to applicants living in California and will be determined by PITC. PITC will work jointly with Quality Counts California hub leads and county representatives to identify funding opportunities. PITC will notify applicants regarding fellowships and hub or county funding.

Application Submission

First consideration will be given to applications received by the due date. Applications received after the due date will be considered if a last–minute cancellation occurs.

Groups of Applicants

If you are coordinating submission of applications for a group of more than five people, please call Elizabeth Crocker at 415.289.2334. Each person in the group must complete an individual application by the application due date to be considered. Please submit all individual applications for your group at the same time.

Application Content

The application consists of five sections:

  • Contact Information
  • Primary Employer/Organization
  • Education and Employment
  • Training Conducted
  • Statement of Interest to Participate

Application Completion

  • All sections must be completed. The “Review Criteria” section below provides guidance.
  • Once all sections are completed, make sure to select the Submit button.
  • Be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was submitted.

Application Review Procedure

WestEd will review and consider each completed application based on the review criteria listed below and space availability.

WestEd does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Review Criteria

  • Applicant’s Title and Position: Description of the applicant’s current position and role in training activities in the field of child development, specifically infant and toddler development and care. Priority is given to those currently providing professional development to programs serving infants and toddlers, as well as to applicants nominated by their local quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) administrator.
  • Education/Professional Certification: The applicant’s educational background, including credit hours in early childhood education and child development, CDA, and other ECE or child development–related certificates and degrees.
  • Past Professional Experience: The quality and relevance of the applicant’s professional experiences in child development, with a focus on infant and toddler training activities the applicant has planned and conducted.
  • Interest and Intent to Provide Training: Why the applicant wishes to participate; what the applicant hopes to learn from the training; how the applicant plans to utilize the training experience in the future; and what types of training experiences the applicant plans to conduct. Emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s capacity to conduct future trainings.
  • Consideration of geographic diversity is part of the review process for California applicants. 

Application Status Notifications

  • Application Confirmation: Once you submit your application, WestEd will send you confirmation. If your application is received by August 15, 2022, you will be notified of your status within three weeks of submission. 
  • Invitation to Enroll: Applicants accepted for the Trainer Institute will receive an email notification to complete the enrollment process and submit payment by August 29, 2022.
  • Waitlist: Qualified applicants who are waitlisted will be invited to update their application for participation in a future Trainer Institute. 
  • Fellowship Announcements: Fellowships funded by CDSS-CCDD for California residents do not require a separate application. Fellowships will be announced by early September 2022.

Cancellation Policy

  • Once enrolled, the full fee of $6,100, otherwise $175 for fellowship participants, will be charged for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the event.
  • WestEd will make every effort to enroll a replacement participant when a cancellation occurs more than 30 days in advance. However, an administrative fee of $100 will be charged.
  • All cancellations must be submitted in writing to both Karla Nygaard at and Karen Charest at  


  • For questions about the application procedure, the status of your application, or a missing written correspondence, please email both Karla Nygaard and Karen Charest at
  • For questions regarding the content of the Institute and who should attend, please email Elizabeth Crocker at
  • Visit for updates regarding the Institute and other training opportunities and resources.