Professional Development & Workforce Initiatives

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

Funded by the Florida Office of Early Learning, T.E.A.C.H. provides scholarships for early care educators to work towards earning an Associate and/or Bachelor degree or credentials in early childhood education.

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The Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA Project

Sustained by local funding, WAGE$® provides education-based salary supplements to early childhood teachers working with children ages birth to five.

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The Early Learning Career Center in Miami-Dade (ELCC)

Funded by the Children’s Trust of Miami, the Forum’s Miami-based ELCC office provides direct assistance to the early care and education workforce by developing career plans and reviewing career goals, accessing financial aid and scholarship opportunities, tracking and maintaining professional development through a secure Registry and assisting providers in the selection of appropriate training and educational opportunities.

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Refugee Child Care Micro-enterprise Developmental Project (RCCDP) Serving Miami-Dade County

Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the RCCDMP assists refugee women in Miami-Dade County establish family child care homes (FCCHs) or find FCCHs for their children so that they can secure employment. The Forum manages this program by leveraging its already strong Miami office and existing partnerships with agencies and institutions that serve and train the early child care community in Miami-Dade County.

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The Children’s Forum received $350,000 through competitive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant #s 90RG0161 and 90RG0164. The project will be fully financed with Federal funds. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Program Assessment Center

Based out of the Forum’s Palm Beach office, the Program Assessment Center uses the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to provide program assessment services designed to increase the environmental quality of programs for young children and ensure that appropriate services are available to promote their optimal development and prepare them for school success.

Learn more about the Program Assessment Center