Transforming Early Childhood Teaching and Learning
Early Learning Florida is the professional learning solution early childhood professionals and the state of Florida have been looking for – a research- based, practical, engaging vehicle for cost-effectively improving practice and supporting children’s learning and development.
Early Learning Florida is a groundbreaking, research-based professional learning solution specially designed to build the skills of professionals working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in centers, family child care homes and schools. The high-quality, interactive courses are offered free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and uniquely combine on-line and in- person supports. Upon demonstration of mastery of content, participants receive cash stipends and 15 to 20 in-service hours or 1.5 – 2.0 continuing education units (CEUs), depending on the length of the course, to meet licensing, credentialing, and/or certification requirements.
Early Learning Florida was developed by the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning. This system of professional development is implemented in partnership with Florida’s early learning coalitions and provider associations. Funded through an innovative public-private partnership, Early Learning Florida is launching statewide in Florida in 2015. UF created Early Learning Florida in partnership with the legislature and Governor, the Office of Early Learning, early learning coalitions, provider associations, multiple philanthropies, and, most importantly, a broad array of early childhood stakeholders to ensure the system is designed to meet the needs of early childhood professionals.