Professional Development

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) defines professional development as initial preparation (preservice) and learning experiences (in-service) designed to improve the knowledge, skills and behaviors, and attitudes/values of the early childhood workforce. The ELC of Marion County provides opportunities to attend a variety of high-quality training opportunities throughout the year.

Office of Early Learning Professional Development:

Department of Education Professional Development Opportunities

Early Childhood Math Training

Preschoolers are natural mathematicians! They stack blocks, sort materials at clean-up time and make many comparisons throughout the day. Math instruction for early learners is not about memorizing a set of rules and concepts. Young children must have various opportunities to make sense of their world, form logical connections, and discuss their thoughts and findings. To accomplish this task, early childhood professionals must have a firm grasp on early mathematical concepts and how to present them in meaningful and
developmentally appropriate ways.

With this in mind, the Office of Early Learning has developed an online course and four interactive, instructor-led trainings that focus on these critical skills.

Mathematical Thinking for Early Learners (online)
Five-hour online training, 0.5 CEUs
Cost is $10.00

Early Mathematics for Early Learners: (Four instructor-led modules)

  • Making Sense of Sets and Numbers
  • Counting and Operating with Numbers
  • Patterns, Measurement, and Data
  • Shapes and Spatial Relationships

These three-hour modules are offered free of charge and 0.3 CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of each training. Dates and times to be determined. Check back for updates.

To register for the above classes, click here to be transferred to the DCF Child Care Training System.

If you have any questions regarding training classes or other professional development opportunities, please contact us.


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