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CPIN Authorization Process

The Purpose of CPIN: Under the direction of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) provides high-quality professional development, technical assistance, and support to California’s preschool program administrators and teachers through its statewide network. CPIN increases the professional knowledge and skills of preschool administrators and teachers by conducting professional development on CDE publications and resources including the California Preschool Learning Foundations (PLF) and California Preschool Curriculum Framework (PCF), Volumes 1-3, and Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning (PEL Resource Guide).

The Purpose of CPIN Authorization: The CPIN authorization process has been developed to expand the capacity for the delivery of CPIN professional development on the foundations and framework throughout the eleven regions. It is the expectation that candidates have previous experience conducting presentations and working in early learning settings.

The Authorization Process: Through the process, agencies/programs that have the capacity to conduct professional development on the foundations and framework—using the CPIN modules—may become CPIN authorized. While this CPIN partnership will expand an agency’s capacity to conduct professional development on the foundations and framework, it does not include provisions for agencies to receive funding to conduct CPIN professional development.

Authorization Requirements

Phase 1

  • Focuses on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) foundations and framework modules
  • Training conducted online at
  • No fee for training

After completing phase 1 or to initiate phases 2 and 3, please contact Steven Hicks:

Phase 2

  • Focuses on the CPIN Core Curriculum segments
  • Training conducted virtually by a designated authorized CPIN lead/representative 
  • No fee for training
  • Observe or have attended a CPIN professional development session on the specific domain/module of requested authorization
  • Participate in one full day of virtual training and technical assistance around contents of the PLF/PCF and CPIN conference center.

Phase 3

  • Face-to-face trainings  
  • Facilitated by Sacramento County Office of Education (only to be completed for the first authorization process)
  • Cost: $5000.00
  • Requires partner trainers to engage in applied practice and observation with a Regional CPIN Lead(s) as follows:
  1. Co-present for CPIN professional development on one of the specific domains/modules covered in phase 2.
  2. Demonstrate competency as a CPIN professional development trainer through an observation process on the specific domain/module covered in phase 2. If needed, an opportunity to receive an additional observation may be granted. 

Additional Information

  • Participants may elect to complete phase 1 in order to gain knowledge of the foundations and framework.
  • Completion of phase 1 does not result in authorization. However, the course information may be applied to any type of work in the early childhood field.
  • Upon successful completion of all three phases, participants will earn a CPIN Authorization in Training. (At this time, there is no CPIN Authorization in Coaching.)