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Professional Development & Training Resources

Professional Development and Training Resources

School Readiness Professional Development Initiative

Professional development incorporates core knowledge, qualifications and credentials, quality assurance, and access and outreach.

DEL’s network of lead trainers, representing each of the 30 early learning coalitions, delivers professional development statewide. DEL chooses lead trainers for their education, experience in early education and training, and recognition as an outcomes-driven training facilitator.

Currently, lead trainers may schedule these training modules—Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards, Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners, Florida Core Competencies for After School Practitioners, Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Directors, Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Technical Assistance Specialists, Outcomes-Driven Training and the Pyramid Model for Positive Behavioral Support.

For more information about the professional development initiative, email

Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Scholarship Program

T.E.A.C.H. is an early childhood scholarship program that strengthens the child care workforce by providing direct support to early childhood caregivers and center directors so they can work toward earning degrees or credentials. Scholarships can apply toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or equivalency, an A.S. degree in Child Development and Education, a director’s credential, and, now, a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

T.E.A.C.H. links compensation and training and involves sharing expenses among the caregiver receiving the scholarship, the sponsoring child care center or family child care home, and the T.E.A.C.H. program. The Office of Early Learning provides funding for the program and the Children’s Forum is the authorized agent for T.E.A.C.H. in Florida. For more information about T.E.A.C.H., call 1-877-FL TEACH (358-3224) toll-free or go online to

VPK Professional Development and Resources

Professional Development and Training 

You will find other helpful information in the guidance and technical assistance area of Coalition Documents.

Professional Development Toolkits

The Professional Development Toolkits were created in conjunction with Early Learning Florida, through funding from the Preschool Development Grant.

Each toolkit is a five-part, job-embedded series that can be presented to early childhood educators in School Readiness and VPK programs. The content of each toolkit is based on the most current developmentally appropriate information for each topic, and aligns with Florida’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards (2017) and Florida’s Standards and Key Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (2020).

Click here to watch a pre-recorded webinar on how to use these toolkits.

To access the materials, click the red arrow next to the toolkit title, then “Here” to download to your computer.

If you have questions about using these toolkits, please email