Professional Development and Training
Professional Development and Teacher Resources available from the Florida Department of Education/Office 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.
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.
NEW Virtual Social Studies Learning Circle Opportunities
The Division of Early Learning is now offering virtual Social Studies Learning Circles that are specific to the Florida Early Learning Standards Four Years Old to Kindergarten, Social Studies Domain. The components listed below will be offered in individual Learning Circles and facilitated by the VPK Regional Facilitators. Additional information is provided here:
Participants will select and register via the Social Studies Learning Circles Calendar posted below.
- Individual Development and Identity
- Individuals and Groups
- Spaces, Places and Environments
- Time, Continuity and Changes
- Governance, Civic Ideas and Practices
- Economics and Resources
- Technology in Our World
Monthly Registration Information and Dates
PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom link information will be sent to the email used to register prior to the event date. Please check your Junk/Spam Folders if you do not see it in your main Inbox 2 days prior to the event.
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.