The Children's Forum was awarded an AmeriCorps Planning Grant (2017-18) to develop an early care and education intervention and workforce diversification initiative to be implemented in early childhood programs throughout Florida. The plan will include the recruitment of a diverse group of AmeriCorps Members who are demographically similar based on gender and race/ethnicity to the children enrolled at participating child care programs.
An implementation plan will be developed for providing classroom-based intervention supports to children and ECE educators. Ameri-Corps Members will receive relationship-based coaching to ensure implementation of high-quality instructional practices. Additionally, members will have access to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and personalized career guidance to assist them in developing their skills and furthering their education in early childhood.