Who We Are

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Developed by the University of Florida Lastinger Center, Early Learning Florida is a dynamic professional learning system designed to develop an early learning workforce that is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully educate and prepare our next generation for success in school, work, and life. We connect early learning educators to research-based, high quality professional development courses, high-impact resources, and targeted supports that have been proven to significantly improve program quality, teacher-child interactions, and child learning and development outcomes.

Early Learning Florida's Integrated System Offers:

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Self-Paced Courses

Competency-based, job-embedded online professional learning courses are fully self-guided cover child health, safety, social and emotional development. Each course is aligned with state and national standards and provides 0.1-0.2 CEUs.

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Instructor-Led Courses

Competency-based, job-embedded online and blended professional learning courses are led by a University of Florida instructor and cover a variety of critical topics in early childhood education. Each course is aligned with state and national standards and provides 2.0 CEUs.

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Pathway

Our specified path of courses satisfies the 120-hour training requirement to earn a CDA, the most common earned credential in early childhood education, and the first step in career advancement.

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Spanish Instructor-Led Courses

Select instructor-led courses are delivered completely in Spanish with support from a Spanish-speaking University of Florida instructor. Each course is aligned with state and national standards and provides 2.0 CEUs.

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Individualized Coaching Support

Participants in our instructor-led courses with the coaching option received intensive coaching from University of Florida certified early learning coaches. Our coaching model takes a teacher-centered, strengths-based approach, focusing on practice and performance to develop and improve instruction.

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Communities of Practice (CoP)

Participants in courses with the Communities of Practice option have the opportunity to collaborate with peers to reflect on course content, applied strategies, and data through discussions and protocols guided by UF certified facilitators.

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Certified Early Learning Coaching Program

Our job-embedded certification develops the skills of early childhood leaders and quality improvement specialists by training participants on the fundamentals of coaching, goal-setting, modeling effective practice, collecting data, and conducting coaching conversations.

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Certified Communities of Practice (CoP) Facilitator Program

This intensive certification program focuses on developing communities of practice, a collective learning process, and builds the skills of educational leaders to facilitate the development of CoPs.

Impact

Since 2015, Early Learning Florida has delivered over 400,000 hours of professional development to more than 30,000 early childhood educators across Florida and has expanded to other states, including California, Louisiana, and Georgia.

A study conducted in partnership with Yale University found that teachers engaged in our professional development courses and supports demonstrated significant improvement in teacher-child interactions, teacher knowledge and practice, and child outcomes:

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79% improvement in teacher-child interactions after engaging in just 20 hours of Early Learning Florida professional development*.

* As measured by CLASS® Pre-K Instructional Domain scores

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Improved teacher knowledge by up to 82%.

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96% of teachers engaged in courses and coaching demonstrated content mastery.
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Over 90% of teachers reported that Early Learning Florida courses were extremely useful in providing strategies for teaching ALL children, including those with special needs, dual-language learners, and high-needs populations, as well as creating learning partnerships with families.

Significant positive effects on children’s social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive growth and development for those with teachers engaged in Early Learning Florida

26% higher growth rate of improvement across four domains of child development as measured by GOLD® Child Assessments when compared with children of non-participating teachers.

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