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Professional Development & Training

Professional Development and Training

Professional Development and Teacher Resources available from the Florida Department of Education/Division of Early Learning
The Florida Department of Education/Division of Early Learning, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), offers a variety of both online and instructor-led training opportunities. For a comprehensive listing of current instructor-led and online training opportunities for directors, teachers, assistants and parents, click on the links below.

To register for any of these training opportunities, please visit DCF's website.

NEW - VPK Instructor Emergent Literacy and Standards Course Requirements

Recently the Florida legislature passed House Bills 7011 and 419 requiring that all Florida VPK instructors complete three 5-hour emergent literacy courses and a student performance standards training course approved by the Division of Early learning by July 1, 2022. The courses in the folllowing link meet these training requirements,

Please continue to visit this page for further training updates as the Division of Early Learning continues to post training information and opportunities relevant to all VPK educators.

Training Resources: 

Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy

The goal of emergent literacy instruction is to teach the building blocks that will, in later grades, provide children the foundation needed to become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. Emergent literacy building blocks, or skills, include print knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and oral language. Preschoolers who learn these skills are less likely to develop future reading problems and more likely to read with ease, understand what they read, and succeed in school.

The Regional Educational Laboratory Program website provides multiple resources for educators and leaders to engage in a professional learning model focused on the four emergent literacy building blocks that are evidence-based, collaborative, and practice-relevant. 

Teacher Resources

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards Website offers multiple resources for teachers and families. 

The Bright Beginnings Website includes resources for teachers and parents to use to guide children's success in emergent reading and mathematical skills while attending VPK. The website also includes the online reporting system for the VPK Assessment.

Activity Plans, based on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards: 4 Years Old to Kindergarten  (2017), are designed to help develop the skills that 4-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of their prekindergarten year. There are targeted standards for 4-year-old children included in each lesson plan.