himama academy course state and provincial approval guide for licensing annual training requirements

HiMama Academy State & Provincial Approval Guide

HiMama Academy is an on-demand training and professional development resource for early childhood educators. Educators designed and developed it to develop, support, and retain staff in a changing world. HiMama Academy is IACET-certified and recognized by the National Workforce Registry Alliance which covers 16 states.

As an IACET-certified resource, educators are able to earn ‘Continuing Education Units’, meaning that our content and learning framework has been certified at the highest standard. All course content is heavily researched and developed by accredited authors. 

Since our classes offer IACET-certified CEUs it is generally accepted by license inspectors to meet the requirements for annual in-service training. Being that the National Workforce Registry Alliance recognizes us, this helps us to be accepted by more registries that are associated with them.

It is however up to the individual center to work with their local representatives to ensure that guidelines are followed and that hours and certifications are submitted. 

While anyone can sign up to take our online classes to earn CEUs, if you are trying to meet the professional development requirements of your state or province, please refer to our regional guide below. 

Approved by the region

HiMama has partnered with the following regions to provide you with courses that meet your local guidelines and count towards PD/CEU hours. This list includes all places that have registries or approved us due to accreditations we hold. As always, we recommend reaching out to your local licensing representative for guidance and please check with your local registry to see which HiMama Academy courses are available for credit in your region (not all courses may be available at the time).

  • Alaska – approved by the System for Early Education Development (SEED)
  • Arizona – approved by the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry
  • California – approved by the California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry (and the Childcare Alliance Los Angeles)
  • Colorado – approved by the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
  • District of Columbia – approved through the District of Columbia Trainer Approval Program (TAP) of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL)
  • Florida – approved due to IACET accreditation, in compliance with Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development System
  • Georgia – *only specific courses are approved by Georgia Professional Development System (GaPDS) and Georgia Ealy Learning and Development Standards (GELDS), in compliance with Deorgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Bright From the Start program
  • Hawaii – only courses 1.5 hours+ are approved by PATCH via certificates (not listed in registry), PD is voluntary
  • Idaho – approved by Idaho STARS and in compliance with the IDAEYC
  • Illinois – approved by the Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System (IPDS), administered by the INCCRRA
  • Indiana – approved by the Indiana AEYC meeting the Pass the Quality (PTQ) requirements, looking into approving courses on Family Social Services Association Carefinder (FSSA)
  • Iowa – approved by the Iowa Department of Human Services, and in compliance with Iowa Early Learning Standards
  • Kansas – approved by Kansas Government Department of Health and Environment due to IACET
  • Louisiana – approved by Louisiana PATHWAYS, in compliance with Quality Start and Louisiana Early Learning Guidelines and Standards
  • Maryland – approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care and the Workforce Advancement Branch. Academy meets the requirements for COMAR 13A.14.08 “Training Approval.”
  • Michigan – approved by MiRegistry and Great Start to Quality
  • Minnesota – only classes that are 2+ hours are approved by Develop and Achieve Registry
  • Missouri – individual courses are approved by Open Initiative, MOPD Registry and MOWorkshop Calendar
  • Nebraska – approved by Child Development Associate (CDA) Pathways – Automatically Accepted ECE Training List
  • Nevada – approved by Nevada Registry due to IACET
  • New York – approved by the Aspire Registry and OCFS, courses in compliance with Quality Stars NY training requirements
  • North Carolina – approved due to IACET by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
  • Pennsylvania – approved by Pennsylvania Key, Keystone STARS and PQAS
  • South Carolina – approved by SC Endeavours and ABC Quality due to IACET – count for DSS credit hours
  • Tennessee – individual courses are approved by TrainTN
  • Utah – certificates are accepted via Utah Registry for Professional Development (URPD) based on IACET certification
  • Vermont – approved by Northern Lights at Community College of Vermont (Academy is listed on their website) and part of the Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS)
  • Virginia – approved by the Department of Education, no registry, in alignment with Virginia Early Learning and Development Birth to Five Standards
  • Wisconsin – approved by Wisconsin Registry and the Professional Development Approval System (PDAS)
  • Wyoming – approved by Wyoming STARS registry, Wyoming Department of Family Services, Align.
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Bermuda – approved by the Bermuda Department of Health – Childcare Regulations Program, listed on their website

HiMama Academy meets local guidelines

HiMama meets the local PD guidelines for the following states/provinces. Formalized approval is currently pending or these regions do not have an approval process. As always, we recommend that you reach out to your local licensing representative for guidance.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut – state approves all PD to count toward hours and does not approve individual organizations, currently inquiring about CTAEYC
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky – individual courses are approved by ECE TRIS – in progress
  • Maine – counts towards elective hours. Check with licensing rep for other hours. 
  • Massachusetts – CEUs accepted by Early Education and Care (EEC)
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire – in alignment with He-C 4002.33 professional development, state is unable to add outside organizations to training list
  • New Jersey – up to the discretion of individual school districts. Check with your center supervisor. In alignment with NJAC 6A:9-3 and standards for professional learning in NJAC 6A:9C-3.3.
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio – trainer application in progress with OCCRRA
  • Oregon – certificates are accepted as Community Based Training and can count toward college course credits from Steps 1-7 Core Knowledge Competency Levels, ORO accepted
  • South Dakota – aligns with required training categories
  • Texas – certificates count towards Self-Instructional (HMA Courses) and Self-Study (HMH Webinars), in compliance with TECPDS/Texas Rising Stars due to IACET, in compliance with section 746.1317 a7B, b, and c & 746.1305-07 of THHS Child Care Regulation
  • West Virginia – counts towards 15 non-STARS hours, must be 1+ hour course
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island – individual approval from Government of PEI – Early Childhood Division required
  • British Columbia – courses meet PD requirements, educator needs to submit each course to registry, PD is approved on a case-by-case basis (does not approve individual organizations) by the ECE Registry
  • Manitoba – PD is individually approved by each facility – check with your center
  • Newfoundland and Labrador – certificates accepted by the AECENL
  • Nova Scotia – certificates accepted by NS Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and ELCC
  • Ontario – looking into being recognized by AECEO

HiMama Academy does not meet local guidelines

HiMama does not meet the local guidelines in the following states and provinces or they do not accept out-of-region training. Centers are able to use our content to empower, educate and inspire their staff but cannot submit hours as part of their professional development requirements.

  • Montana – only accepting in-state PD
  • Washington – only accepting in-state PD
  • Quebec – only accepting internal province PD
  • Yukon – only accepting in-state PD
  • New Brunswick
  • North Dakota – currently only accepting individual trainers and in-state training

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