PACE – Provider Access to a Community Equivalent

The community-based training model, now known as PACE (Provider Access to a Community Equivalent), is a pathway to meet the licensing staff qualifications for those required to have an initial or short certificate.

PACE is a training pathway found within the community that is available in-person or online. This will be available starting in January 2022. Until then, providers will need to complete Child Care Basics and Enhancing Quality of Early Learning (EQEL) Part 1 and 2.

  • Timeline Extension: DCYF has extended the timeline until Aug. 1, 2026, for providers to complete the licensing requirement of an initial or short certificate, or other option (section 1 of the bill). You’ll be able to choose this option in MERIT summer 2021. We’ll communicate registration details when available via the PD Newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter.
  • PACE: This non-credit bearing community-based training pathway will be developed as an alternative pathway for early learning providers to meet their licensing requirement for the initial or short certificate (section 2 of the bill).
  • Alignment with Community Colleges: In collaboration with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), DCYF will develop a plan for this community based training option to qualify for college credit (section 3 of the bill).

Learn more about HB 2556 through the Executive Summary

PACE Training Pilot

DCYF conducted a pilot for this equivalent option that concluded in June 2021.