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Clarification on Licensed Program Scholarship to SOWA's STARS-Approved Trainings

by Jon Sayer | | Posted under Workshops & Training

Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Early Learning (DEL), there are a lot of options for staff of licensed school-age care programs to get STARS credits from School's Out Washington at no cost to them.

With there being so many different options to choose from, we've heard it's a bit confusing. We thought it might help to provide a bit of clarity on how to sign up for all the different options.

How to Sign-Up for a "30-Hour School-Age Initial Training Requirement" Training

School's Out offers the "30-Hour School-Age Initial Training Requirement" at no cost to the registrant. This training fulfills the requirement for new staff at licensed school-age childcare programs. We schedule these events periodically throughout the year.

No scholarship code is necessary.

To register for one of these trainings:

  1. Go to our 30-Hour STARS Calendar
  2. Select a date and location that fits your needs and click it. Currently, only one open training is scheduled, but more will be posted soon.
  3. Click "Add to Cart".
  4. Enter the number of people you wish to register for and click "Update Quantity".
  5. Fill out the form for each of the registrants.
  6. On the final page, you will be asked for a billing address, but you will not need to provide a credit card number.

For help registering, or to ask about upcoming 30-Hour STARS trainings in your region, please contact Bill Wells at bwells@schoolsoutwashington.org.

30-Hour STARS Calendar

How to Sign-Up for the Bridge Conference

The Bridge Conference is the premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest. It's coming up in less than two weeks on October 16 & 17 in Seattle. Attending the conference is worth up to 12 STARS Credits.

Getting your scholarship to the conference is a two-step process. First you apply for a scholarship, then you register for the conference.

  1. First, someone from your program must apply for a scholarship code at this form. Anyone with a STARS ID can apply.
  2. A member of our staff will review your application and send you a scholarship code good for up to 5 registrations.
  3. Go to our Bridge Conference Webpage.
  4. Click "Add to Cart".
  5. Enter the number of people you wish to register for (up to 5) and click "Update Quantity".
  6. Fill out the form for each of the registrants.
  7. On the final page, enter the code you received from our staff in the field on the right side of the page labelled "Discount Code" and click "Apply".
  8. You will be asked for a billing address, but you will not need to provide a credit card number.

For help registering for the Bridge Conference, please contact Jon Sayer at jsayer@schoolsoutwashington.org. For help getting a scholarship code, please contact Bill Wells at bwells@schoolsoutwashington.org. For all other Bridge Conference questions, please contact Shannon Robinson at srobinson@schoolsoutwashington.org.

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How to Sign Up for SOWA's STARS-Approved Workshops

Our in-person workshops are a great option for professionals wanting to develop their own skills or for program managers wanting to train their staff without additional commitments. These trainings are worth anywhere from 2 to 12 STARS Credits.

We host workshops in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and occasionally in other regions around Washington, usually in Spring and Fall.

Attending these trainings at no cost to you is a two-step process.

  1. First, apply for a scholarship code at this form. Anyone with a STARS ID can apply.
  2. A member of our staff will review your application and send you a discount code good for all of SOWA's STARS-approved trainings. This code can be reused as many times as you need it.
  3. Go to our STARS-Approved Workshop page.
  4. Select a training that meets your needs and click it.
  5. Click "Add to Cart".
  6. Fill out the registration form.
  7. On the final page, enter the code you received from our staff in the field on the right side of the page labelled "Discount Code" and click "Apply".
  8. You will be asked for a billing address, but you will not need to provide a credit card number.

For help registering, or to ask about workshop content, please contact Bill Wells at bwells@schoolsoutwashington.org.

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We Can Come to You: How to Contract a Customized Training

SOWA can tailor trainings to meet your program's particular needs. We connect you with the best trainer available and that trainer will work with your program to develop exactly the content and resources to meet your organization's requirements.

Customized Training is available at no cost to school-age licensed care providers. Fill out this form to request a training. We will get in contact with you about your needs.

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