The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program provides scholarships for early care educators and center directors to work toward earning an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree as well as credentials in early childhood education. For more information, use the links below or call 877-FL-TEACH.
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.
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 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. Here are some of the tools offered to advance your early education career.