Professional Development Information,
for Early Childhood Practitioners


T.E.A.C.H. (throughout Florida)

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program began in 1990 in North Carolina as a small pilot program providing a single comprehensive scholarship model to 21 early childhood teachers. The project offers a strategy for systematically improving the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood work force. The model is based on a partnership principle that involves the sharing of expenses by the teacher, director or family child care provider receiving the scholarship, the sponsoring child care facility and T.E.A.C.H. The Children's Forum, Inc. is licensed and authorized to administer T.E.A.C.H.

The T.E.A.C.H. program works with 48 colleges, universities and vocational technical schools throughout the state as well as 14 community-based training institutions. Under management of the Forum, the Florida T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program serves as an umbrella for a variety of educational scholarship opportunities for people working in early care and education programs including family child care homes. Since 1998, more than 37,000 scholarships have been awarded. The turnover rate for these T.E.A.C.H. program participants is less than 6% - a testament to the success of this program.
To learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. program or to apply, please visit or call 1-877-FL-TEACH (1-877-358-3224).


SEEK (throughout Palm Beach County)

Seeking Excellence and Education through Knowledge, commonly referred to as SEEK, is a scholarship program dedicated to improving the quality of Palm Beach County early childhood education environments through staff development. SEEK Scholarship is funded by the Children's Services Council and administered by Palm Beach State College through the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education (IEECE).

Funds are available to help pay costs associated with credit coursework, non-credit coursework, books, approved trainings, testing fees, and foreign degree translation/evaluation.

Detailed information about the various types of scholarships, the eligibility requirements for each, and the policies related to each can be found in the SEEK Handbook.



For more information, call Palm Beach State College at 561-868-3828 or visit their website HERE.


Faculty Finds: A New Resource for Instructors

(October 3, 2016) This week saw the launch of the premiere issue of Faculty Finds. The purpose of this new one-way listserv is to provide instructors, professional development providers (e.g., early childhood trainers, mentors, coaches, supervisors), and leaders with high-quality, evidence-based, and readily available resources to support their work.


Faculty Finds will be distributed six times per year (October, November, December, February, March and April). Each issue will focus on three topics:

  1. content resources
  2. instructional resources
  3. information about effective preparation of early childhood professionals
Featured resources are free. All or part of Faculty Finds may be freely shared or copied.


Faculty Finds is compiled by Camille Catlett and supported by ACCESS. 



Our training courses are designed to help early childhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, CDA credential renewal or in-service training. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the early childhood professional. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Visit for more information.

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