The Early Childhood Education Department at Seminole State College is the recipient of a grant intended to train and educate childcare professionals. The grant, awarded to the College since 2007, aims to enhance school readiness in young children who attend programs in the area and to prevent behavior issues and other challenges.
Trainings are based on recent research into different areas of development, including language and literacy, cognitive, social-emotional, physical and intellectual growth. They also are based on best practices for creating safe, healthy learning environments.
The grant, awarded by the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County, has helped fund workshops and other opportunities that allow childcare professionals to accumulate training hours to apply toward national credentials. With matching state funds and in-kind contributions from the College, the initiative represents an investment in the improvement of education for preschool children.
The grant supports Seminole State's Path to Professionalism program, a series of workshops designed to increase childcare professionals' knowledge of early childhood education. The grant also helps fund quarterly provider meetings, curriculum fairs, the annual Early Learning Conference, quarterly parent and provider newsletters, career advising services and the Connecting Before Correcting parenting workshop series.
About the Early Learning Coalition: The Early Learning Coalition is the local policy body responsible for overseeing early care and education services in Seminole County. The coalition works collaboratively with Central Florida Coordinated Care for Children and a network of more than 300 public and private providers to ensure that children receive the high quality, developmentally appropriate services needed to enter school ready to learn. The coalition also funds before- and after-school services for children under the age of 13.