The UF Lastinger Center for Learning improves the quality of teaching, learning, and caregiving. We research, develop, and scale equitable educational innovations for adults and children that put all learners on trajectories for lifelong success. We provide professional development in early learning, literacy, and mathematics.
Pursuant to Section 402.305(2)(d)5., F.S., all child care personnel must complete a single course of training in early literacy and language development of children ages birth through five years that is a minimum of five clock hours or .5 CEUs. Early literacy training must be completed within 12 months of date of employment in the child care industry. Proof of completion may be documented on a certificate of course completion, classroom transcript, or diploma.
This catalog contains early childhood courses, which can be found throughout Florida. Training course topics include; behavioral and social-emotional development, child welfare, developmentally appropriate practices, early intervention, rules and regulations, supporting special needs, and much more.
Florida adopted the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards, Birth to Kindergarten in December 2017. The standards and benchmarks reflect the knowledge and skills that a child on a developmental progression should know and be able to do at the end of an age-related timeframe.
The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation offers an online course titled ‘Supporting Literacy in School-Age Programs’. The goal of this course is to prepare out-of-school time (OST) practitioners to foster the development of reading and writing in school-age children, and to identify and address risk factors for delays in literacy in order to mitigate or prevent future illiteracy. This 5 hour 6 module course is available in English and Spanish and includes an early literacy study guide with over 80 helpful resources links. K-5 Afterschool and Summer Camp providers are strongly encouraged to take this inexpensive, self-paced, online course to improve their literacy coaching skills with the students they serve.