The Registry


Welcome to the Ohio Professional Registry for early childhood and afterschool professionals! The Registry provides a centralized, coordinated system for Ohio early childhood and afterschool professionals to track and be recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training. To access the registry, please log in at the right, or follow the link to request an account. Click on the “Trainings” button above to access information about professional development opportunities in your community.

The following documents provide information and instructions to assist you with your Registry profile.

Registry FAQ

Registry Vision, Benefits, and Potentials

Career Pathways Worksheet

Registry Basic Instructions

Required Documents for Verification

5 Simple Rules for Speedier Verification

File Submission Cover Sheet

 HMG File Submission Cover Sheet

Director Information Portal

Administrator Credential Cover Sheet

Administrator Employment Verification Cover Sheet

CDA Report Directions

ECMH-Specific Documents

ECMH Credential Instructions January 2013

ECMH Credential Guidance January 2013

ECMH File Submission Cover Sheet 2015

ECMH Skills Inventory January 2013

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The purpose of the Career Pathways model uses one framework to integrate the pathways of formal education, training, experience, and specialized credentials and certifications for all early childhood professionals. Professionals accumulate "Points" along each of four pathways -- formal education, inservice training and continuing education, experience, and credentials and certifications. Total points assign the early childhood professional to one of 6 professional designations.

The Professional Development Registry serves as the common tool that allows professionals in the early childhood field to document and quantify their professional growth and accomplishments, and by doing so to define and advance the profession. In addition, it will allow Ohio to have an up to the minute picture of the early childhood workforce. Information will be provided to professionals, through the registry, that assists them with advancing on the career pathways


To provide ALL early childhood professionals in Ohio with an opportunity to be recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training with placement on Ohio's Career Pathways through a centralized and/or coordinated system.


In 2002, EC Q-Net was awarded a contract from the Collaboration Project, first located in the Governor's Office and later moved to the Ohio Department of Education, to begin the development of the PD Registry. With input from the Statewide Professional Development Committee, an initial design was tested by five local child care resource and referral agencies during 2003. Based on the results of the pilot, EC Q-Net made additional changes and updates. Again in 2004 five local child care resource and referral agencies piloted the software.

By 2005 when Step Up to Quality, Ohio's Quality Rating System, was ready to be piloted Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) decided to utilize the Professional Development Registry to collected required information on the professionals employed in centers applying to be involved in the Step Up to Quality pilot. Funding for this work has been provided by ODJFS and Build Ohio. Local child care resource & referral agencies serve as the data collection points and complete data entry.

As of 2006, plans are underway to develop a statewide implementation plan for the PD registry that expands the function beyond documenting the professional history of individuals.