In Miami-Dade County, the Children’s Forum directly supports child care programs and practitioners through professional development and classroom-based coaching, educational scholarships, and a training registry with funding from The Children’s Trust as part of the Quality Counts quality improvement system.
Through the Quality Counts Career Center, the Forum works with programs and practitioners to establish professional development plans and quality improvement plans towards improving the early learning environment at centers and ultimately children’s school readiness. Technical assistance is provided via meaningful relationship-based partnerships for improved classroom performance through education/training, application, and reflective practice.
Research shows that high quality early care and education (ECE) programs have substantial impacts on the development, health, and well-being of young children well into adulthood. Support from highly trained specialists, along with funding for educational scholarships has proved vital for professionalizing the ECE workforce and enhancing the quality of early learning environments.