Quality early childhood programs make the difference in the life of a child.
The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. was established in 2005 to provide professional development and consultation services to early childhood programs and educators. We work collaboratively with programs, educators, and agencies to improve the quality of education and care for young children and families.
IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.
Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.
Children will thrive in early education programs and become healthy, caring, and competent adults.
Supporting early childhood educators and programs so children grow and learn!
The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. (IEPD) complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation or sex (including gender identity and gender stereotyping).
Welcome to IEPD! Our mission is to support educators, families, and programs in providing high quality care and education for young children.
I have been working in the field of early childhood education since my youth. My experience includes elementary education, serving as Director of an early education and care program, and developing training for agencies and educators at the Department of Early Education and Care and The Institute for Education and Professional Development. I am proud of our work at IEPD as it is the result of years of experience and education with a goal of supporting the growth and learning of children and adults.
My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Doctorate Degree in Adult Learning. I am also a CDA Professional Development Specialist, certified by the Council for Professional Recognition. My life work has been to promote quality early childhood programming for children, families, and educators.
Please contact me with any questions, to discuss your work, or simply to connect! Let’s work together to help each child have a solid foundation so that some day, each child is happy, successful in his/her own way, and has a deep love of learning! I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. (IEPD) offers a variety of courses on topics related to early childhood education. Courses are aligned with early childhood core competencies. All courses are based upon best practices, current research, and are interactive in nature. Our goal is to provide training that is relevant, current, and directly applicable to your work. Please review our catalog for more information.
Continuing Education Units (CEU's)
IEPD courses go through a rigorous IACET review process. IEPD’s CEUs are accepted across the country for CEU credit.
As an Accredited IACET Provider, The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard.
IEPD offers a broad range of consultation services for programs and agencies. This service may include assistance with identifying and achieving program improvement goals, assisting with use and implementation of assessment tools, developing supervision and leadership skills, providing support with grants, and other areas based upon the needs of the program. Please contact Beth Doubrava at email@example.com to discuss consultation services specific to the needs of your program.
IEPD will design a course specific to the needs of your program. This is helpful if you wish to own your own course and provide it on an ongoing basis. We have experience writing courses on early childhood topics, coaching and mentoring, for families/parent groups, for high school early childhood courses, and others. Contact us today to discuss your needs and to answer your questions!
Please click on the link above "IEPD Online Fall Training" to see what we are offering for you! We are now offering independent training events that you may register for. We look forward to having you join us!
“Dr. Jody Figuerido is a leader in the field of training and professional development for the early education and care field. Under Jody’s direction, the Institute of Education and Professional Development has become the flagship organization for educators who wish to improve quality in their programs and promote positive outcomes for children. IEPD’s trainings are engaging, relevant and research based. I highly recommend IEPD for you, your staff and your program!”
“Dr. Jody Figuerido has been instrumental to the professional development of Educators in the Commonwealth. Under her leadership and expertise, she and her team have prepared Educators of young learners by providing research based comprehensive strategies to the field. As a Partner with the Educator and Provider Support grant in Region 5 and the statewide QRIS Measurement Tools grant, Dr. Figuerido has developed and facilitated high quality CEU trainings that meet the direct needs of the Commonwealth and the early education field and her consultation services to participating Educators have played a significant role in the success of their program improvement planning and individual professional development, thereby positively impacting the outcomes of the children in their care! When considering training needs to enhance your program, I highly recommend the Institute for Education and Professional Development.”
As part of our Practice Based Coaching initiative in WCAC Head Start, we asked Jody to provide professional development and consultation related to CLASS observations in our classrooms. Jody’s expertise in this area was beneficial to our teachers so they knew what was expected of them in their classroom not just during the CLASS observations but on a daily basis in the Early Childhood Setting. She shared practical strategies and tips on how to make the most of your CLASS observations and how to set goals and work on this goal to make your classroom environment successful. Our staff left with a renewed sense of commitment to the important work of classroom coaching from Jody. She has brought a wonderful blend of knowledge related to teaching in an Early Childhood Setting. Jody’s professional development and observations done in our classrooms was certainly an inspiring experience and we have seen growth in our classrooms due to the goals Jody has helped work on with our teachers.
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