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Rhode Island & Lillio Academy

Can I use Lillio Academy for PD hours in Rhode Island?

Yes! Lillio Academy is IACET-accredited and, as such, is accepted by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Our courses count towards the 10 hours of unapproved training educators can achieve yearly. We are currently submitting our courses to be individually approved by Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals.

Please Note: All Webinars and Lillio Basic Courses must NOT be submitted to your registry. They do not meet specific learning requirements for the state and will not be accepted if submitted.

Sign up for Lillio Academy to complete your professional development hours at your convenience! You can work at your own pace from wherever you want. Once you complete a course, you can download your certificate! 

Rhode Island Child Care Training Requirements 

In accordance with 218-RICR-70-00-1.11, all program leadership and classroom staff are required to complete 20 hours of training annually that is aligned with the Workforce Knowledge and Competencies relevant to their role.

The Workforce Knowledge and Competencies include the following domains:

  • Physical and mental health, safety, and wellness 

  • Family engagement 

  • Development and learning 

  • Curriculum 

  • Assessment 

  • Professionalism

As part of the required 20 hours, 10 of these hours must be approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

  • Approved hours are documented through a transcript or completion certificate and an approval code. 

  • Hours that are not approved are documented through a completion certificate and self-alignment form. 

  • Professional development hours are completed annually based on the calendar year.

  • CPR/First Aid certification may be counted for at least 3 hours of professional development each calendar year.

  • Staff meetings, staff orientation, and other meetings regarding program-specific knowledge do not count toward professional development hours.

  • For any Infant program, the Education Coordinator and all staff that work with infants must complete an annual department-approved in-service professional development relating to infants.

Click here to learn more about the courses Lillio Academy offers covering required training topics! 

Opening a facility or beginning work in the childcare field:

If you are interested in opening a child care program or working in the child care field, please contact your state licensing agency for your state's specific requirements, rules, and regulations. The Rhode Island licensing website can be found here.

Last Updated: May 2024

Though Lillio attempts to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, educators are individually responsible for understanding the submission and approval process of all professional development and licensing work in their state.

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