Specialized knowledge of how young children develop and learn is critical for those who work in early care and education. They need access to opportunities for ongoing education and development. The Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development System helps support the state’s highly qualified early learning workforce.
Florida’s early care and education professional development system is a framework with four key elements that define pathways tied to credentials, certifications, and qualifications to meet the needs of individual adult learners in the field.
Core Knowledge: Aligns with Florida’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards, which describe what children should know and be able to do. Click here
Career Pathway: Provides direction for practitioners who want to move from entry level into professional careers in early childhood learning. It also includes structural support such as articulation of credentials and coordination among academic program providers. Click here
Professional Development Registry: Allows early learning professionals to track training they have completed and record certificates they receive. Florida’s statewide registry helps attract, retain and develop a well-qualified early care and education workforce. Click here
To learn more about the Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development System, click here
Early Learning Standards Educator’s Guide
The website for ordering printed copies of The Educator’s Guide to Understanding the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards is available online, click here.
The Educator’s Guide includes a developmental progression of the standards: birth through kindergarten, examples of the standards in action as well as environmental considerations, information on how to use the standards with diverse learners and much more.
Early Educator Central
Resources and tools designed to help early childhood educators earn credentials and degrees can be found on Early Educator Central, a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, and Office of Head Start.
NAEYC Online Learning modules
The National Association for the Education of Young Children has created Online Learning modules with early childhood educators in mind. The modules include a variety of topics designed to provide practical tips and strategies you can bring to the classroom. The modules are approximately one hour in length, self-paced (pause and start back up at your convenience), interactive and based on knowledge and research of the early childhood field.
Child Development Early Intervention Certificate
A Child Development Early Intervention Certificate has been adopted as an Early Care and Education Advanced Credential option. Nine state colleges currently offer the Child Development Early Intervention Certificate. To download the list of institutions currently offering the certificate, click here.
Safe Sleep/Shaken Baby Syndrome Training
All child care personnel, including substitutes and volunteers, who work in a facility that offers care to infants must have training regarding guidance on safe sleep practices, preventing shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma; recognition of signs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome and abuse head trauma; strategies for coping with crying, fussing, or distraught child and the development and vulnerabilities of the brain in infancy in early childhood within 30 days of hire at the facility. For child care personnel, including substitutes and volunteers, to satisfy this requirement the training must be accomplished through one of following methods: the department’s Health Safety and Nutrition course, Safe Sleep course, or the Early Learning Florida’s Safe Sleep Practices. Documentation of training must be maintained on the department’s training transcript in the child care personnel record. To learn more about The Safe Sleep Campaign, click here