AWI, Palm Beach State College to Create Statewide
Career Advancement Website for Child Care Professionals
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo announced a partnership today with Palm Beach State College to develop Florida’s Early Care and Education Professional Development System. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $3 million project will create a coordinated web-based system to support career advancement of early learning professionals across the state of Florida.
Palm Beach State College’s Institute for Excellence in Early Care and Education will lead this work in collaboration with the agency, Florida’s 31 early learning coalitions, child care providers and other stakeholders.
“As Florida’s lead agency for workforce development and early learning, we recognize that highly skilled, knowledgeable practitioners improve the quality of early learning experiences for children and families,” said AWI Director Cynthia Lorenzo. “The Early Care and Education Professional Development System will ensure Florida’s child care and early education professionals have the tools to advance in their careers and in their efforts to prepare children for success in school and in life.”
“The Institute for Early Care and Education, working closely with a host of agencies and community partners, strives to develop high-quality, seamless professional development for those who teach and care for the youngest among us,” said Dr. Dennis P. Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College. “This new partnership offers a tremendous opportunity for a coordinated, comprehensive system, using technology to reach and support child care professionals statewide.”
Florida’s Early Care and Education Professional Development System will include a professional registry that will help child care and early education professionals track their ongoing education and training. Users will be able to access local, regional and statewide training opportunities, conferences and early education curriculum at the college and university level. The System will also include career advising opportunities which will provide practitioners with supports including additional training and educational opportunities to aid in developing a targeted career path.
The Professional Development System will also provide the structure for ensuring quality formal and informal training opportunities for the early learning workforce. The System will support a “virtual community” of best practices for professional trainers and will broaden professional statewide networks for Inclusion, Infant/Toddler, Preschool, School Age and Family Development specialists.
Florida’s Early Care and Education Professional Development System is anticipated to be online in Fall of 2011.
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