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The Nevada Registry’s Training Approval System (TAS) Advisory Workgroup was formed in 2017 to help guide the ongoing development of The Nevada Registry’s implemented trainer criteria, approval and qualification process. The TAS Advisory Workgroup was dissolved in November 2022 and now functions as an Ad Hoc Committee as needed.

Original Scope of Work: 

  • Assist in the development of alternative processes for obtaining experience delivering training to adults;
  • Further review and refine the re-qualification/renewal criteria;
  • Assist with the development of a training program for new trainers and mentoring program for existing trainers;
  • Explore other components of the new and improved training approval system related to quality assurance (i.e., evaluation, observations);
  • Create an evaluation process for approved trainers to evaluate the Training Approval System annually; and
  • Provide overall support to The Nevada Registry in the community related to trainer criteria.

The TAS Advisory Workgroup began its work in August 2017 and was originally slated to conclude in December 2019 in conjunction with the full phase-in of trainer criteria but was extended through 2022. A total of twenty-six meetings of the workgroup were held during this time. Updates regarding the progress of the workgroup and final decisions that came forth because of this work were posted to the For Trainers page of The Nevada Registry website as well as to the NEWS page.

Workgroup Composition

The TAS Advisory Workgroup was comprised of members representing The Nevada Registry (staff), The Nevada Registry Advisory Committee, the Registry Advisory Committee Trainer Criteria Workgroup and specific sectors of the trainer community and Early Childhood workforce in Nevada. Original appointed members of the workgroup were all approved as trainers in 2017 under the new trainer qualification and approval criteria and were selected through an application process.

Former Workgroup Members

Shelly Nye – Program Director
Member Category: Staff
Employer: The Nevada Registry


John Cregg 
Member Category: NevAEYC, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Nevada
Employer: NevAEYC
Cris Dennis
Member Category: Center Director – URBAN/Las Vegas, Nevada Registry Advisory Committee Member
Employer: La Petite Academy
Julie Houchins
Member Category: Support Service Provider
Employer: United Way of Southern Nevada
Evelyn Knight
Member Category: Center Director – RURAL
Employer: Zoo’n Around
Mirna Mejia 
Member Category: Topic Trainer, Subsidy Representative
Employer: Las Vegas Urban League
Tiffany Olivas
Member Category: Funding Agency Representative, QRIS
Employer: Nevada Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and Development
LeAn Shelton
Member Category: NevAEYC
Employer: LeAn Shelton Consulting LLC
Tina Springmeyer
Member Category: Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC) Member, Nevada Pre-K Standards, District Representative, Nevada Registry Advisory Committee Member
Employer: Washoe County School District
Shunica Stiles 
Member Category: QRIS Coordinator, Subsidy Representative
Employer: The Children’s Cabinet
Lisa Torgerson
Member Category: Child Care Licensing, Nevada Registry Advisory Committee Member
Employer: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Workgroup Accomplishments

Each year, the TAS Advisory Workgroup identified specific priorities to serve as the basis for their work. Priorities were aligned with the overarching scope of work and the established trainer approval and renewal processes. Five significant accomplishments are listed below. A complete list of workgroup priorities and progress can be reviewed here.

(Data as of March 2024)

  • The Adult Learning Academy was created as a pathway to trainer approval for individuals without prior experience delivering training to adult learners. Five Academies have been held to date producing 89 total graduates. ALA graduates have delivered over 1,828 Registry-approved training sessions equating to over 3,900 hours of training delivered to ECE educators statewide.
  • Successfully created processes for the approval of virtual training delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including delivery guidelines and training resources. The approval of virtual training has enabled the delivery of nearly 3,000 Registry-approved virtual training sessions and continues to increase accessibility and availability of professional development and reduce inequities related to geographical barriers by creating greater statewide access.
  • Created an electronic training tracking attendance feature allowing Registry-approved training sessions to be added to the membership accounts of active Registry members within five calendar days of attending an in-person or virtual training session. Over 7,200 attendance records have been submitted electronically for 100,996 attendees to date.
  • Established data-sharing partnerships with 21 approved online training organizations to allow online coursework completion data to be added to the accounts of active members (once verified) within one week of completion rather than annually when renewing their membership with The Nevada Registry; making the ‘Training Transcript’ available to all active Registry members a more accurate and up to date record of their completed training. As a result of these partnerships, over 127,000 Registry-approved courses have been imported into the accounts of active Registry members. This, along with the training tracking attendance feature mentioned above streamline training verification and are important components in helping to support Registry members and Child Care Licensing teams with real-time data related to training and professional development.
  • Developed a mobile app for approved trainers to further streamline the attendance tracking and verification process related to training delivery.

Unfinished work related to best practice standards and expectations for the delivery of high-quality, Registry-approved training and the creation of a standardized/universal evaluation tool will be completed by an Ad Hoc Committee of the former TAS Advisory Workgroup.