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

Implementing the Florida Standards in Preschool Classrooms: 3 Years Old to Kindergarten (Instructor-led)

This training is based on the newly revised Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards and provides an overview of the standards used in preschool classrooms serving children ages three years old to Kindergarten. This training meets the lead VPK instructor training requirements and incorporates the standards approved for use in VPK programs. Examples of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for preschool age children are provided throughout the training along with information about purposeful planning, reflective practice and qualities of an effective educator. Through an interactive presentation, video clips, and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with the Standards and understand the elements of quality instruction in preschool classrooms. (3 hours and 0.3 CEUs)

Implementing the Florida Standards in  Infant and Toddler Classrooms: Birth through 2 Years (online)

Based on the newly revised Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards, the course provides an overview of the standards used in infant and toddler classrooms serving children birth through 2 years old. It includes examples of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for infants and toddlers throughout the training, along with information about purposeful planning, reflective practice, and qualities of an effective educator

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 modules 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)

These three-hour modules are offered free of charge and 0.3 CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of each training.

Dates to be determined.

Register for the above classes using the DCF Child Care Training System.

Professional Development Reimbursement

Marion County early childhood professionals are able to request reimbursement of registration fees up to $300 per fiscal year for attendance and/or satisfactory completion of professional development opportunities. View the full professional development reimbursement policy.

W-9 Form <– MUST submit with Reimbursement Application!

Professional Development Reimbursement Form (10.2.20)

Vendor or Individual Direct Deposit Form

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

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