We are proud to work with our local government, education-based, and non-profit partners to ensure Palm Beach County’s children have access to high-quality early learning and educational services. We would like to thank the following community partners:
The Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) dedicates its people, time, and energy to ensuring access to high-quality, affordable early learning services for children and families throughout Florida. The state of Florida welcomes approximately 600 newborns every day and is home to more than one million children under the age of 5. As many as 700,000 of these children attend some type of early learning program. OEL supports these children, their families, and the child care providers who serve them through administration and management of 30 Early Learning Coalitions throughout Florida. Visit their Website here.
The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC) is an independent special district established by Palm Beach County voters, who dedicated a source of local taxes to provide funding back to our local children so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and have access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs. Today, CSC provides leadership, funding and research on behalf of Palm Beach County's children so they grow up healthy, safe, and strong. CSC's mission is to enhance the lives of children and their families and enable them to attain their full potential by providing a unified context within which children’s needs can be identified and resolved by all members of the community. To achieve this, CSC plans, develops, funds, and evaluates programs and promotes public policies which benefit Palm Beach County’s children and families. CSC aspires to be an innovative leader creating a community where children and families reach their full potential. Visit their Website here.
The Children’s Forum administers a variety of programs through Florida's Office of Early Learning (OEL), the Florida Department of Education (DOE), The Florida Department of Health (DOH), The Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as for private and foundation resources to support the mission of the organization. Locally in Palm Beach County, the Children’s Forum uses the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to assess child care providers who participate in the network of high-quality child care providers known as CSC's 'Strong Minds' program. These services are designed to increase the quality of early learning programs and ensure high-quality services are available to promote each child’s optimal development and prepare young children for success in school. Visit their Website here.
PBSC's Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education (IEECE) operates to create a qualified, well-trained child care workforce in Palm Beach County, through an effective comprehensive professional development system that makes education and training opportunities available to all family child care home, child care center and school-based early childhood education providers. The IEECE works closely with many agencies including the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County in order to promote education and training opportunities for teachers, meeting the growing and diverse need of Palm Beach County. This includes career advising, tutoring, SEEK Scholarships, salary supplement programs, and Training and Development. The program is funded by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.
The IEECE administers SEEK Scholarships to support practitioner professional development and child care program improvement. SEEK Scholarships encompass the following supports: a) Educational scholarships for informal/non-credit classes, formal credit courses and the required books/materials for those courses. b) Transcript translation and evaluation for foreign higher education degrees. c) Salary supplements recognizing individual educational achievements. Scholarships are available to practitioners who work in child care programs that accept children supported by subsidies or are supported by other forms of public funding.
The IEECE coordinates and makes available education and training opportunities, both formal and informal, in early care and education to all home, centers and school-based early childhood education providers. The IEECE also offers specialized English language and literacy trainings to meet the needs of our diverse workforce. Career Advisors are available to assist practitioners in setting and attaining professional goals. They provide information on non-credit and credit coursework and help practitioners apply for scholarships and other financial resources. Tutoring is available to ensure practitioners are successful in reaching their educational goals. Visit their Website here.
The purpose of Palm Beach County’s child care licensing program is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the children of Palm Beach County and promote their emotional and intellectual development and care. The Palm Beach County Department of Health serves as staff to the Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) and is responsible for administering the child care licensing program. This includes overseeing minimum standards being met and maintained for licenses. The Department’s child care inspectors provide information, consultations, and technical assistances to licensed facilities. Visit their Website here.
The Department of Children and Families' (DCF) Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening is set by Florida laws. The goal of this program is to ensure that children are well cared for in a safe, health, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified child care professionals. Visit their Website here.
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is a statewide, non-profit, human services agency dedicated to helping all people in need regardless of religious affiliation, age or national origin. With main headquarters in Tampa, the agency has more than 60 programs located throughout Florida. Since LSF was established in 1982, nearly 900,000 children and families have received assistance from vital LSF services including: the Child Care Food Program, PEPPI Head Start Child Development Center, Foster and Adoptions Case Management, Youth Shelters and Family Crisis Counseling Programs, Guardianship Program, Housing, Employment, Refugee and Immigration Programs, Ryan White AIDS Program, and Disaster Response Programs for victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Visit their Website here.