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Institute of Excellence in Early Care & Education

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The mission of the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education is to provide the child care workforce of Palm Beach County with a comprehensive approach to career development in the field of early childhood education.

About the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education

Quality education and training are the foundation upon which best practices in early childhood education are built. Research shows that the years between birth and age five are a critical learning period for children, and the quality of an early childhood program depends in large part on the education and training of its teachers.

The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education operates to create a qualified, well-trained childcare workforce in Palm Beach County, through an effective, comprehensive professional development system that makes education and training opportunities available to all home, center and school based school readiness providers, in order that they are able to positively impact children and families through quality learning environments.

The Institute works closely with many agencies and organizations in order to promote education and training opportunities for teachers of young children that will advance high quality early education programs for young children.

To meet the growing and diverse needs of Palm Beach County, the Institute oversees.

Contact Info

The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education is housed in the Count and Countess de Hoernle Historic Building located on the campus of the School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. (Map and Directions)

Palm Beach State College at West Palm Beach
812 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Phone: (561) 868-3660

Grace Kolbe, Director
(561) 868-3690

Darcy Russo, Assistant Director
(561) 868-3663

Janell Carroll, Program Grant Manager (Marketing)
(561) 868-3665

Anitssa Bermudez, Administrative Assistant II
(561) 868-3659

Important Links

Child Care Exchange

Children’s Services Council

Council for Professional Recognition (CDA)

Early Childhood Research and Practice

Early Childhood Today

Family Central

Florida Children’s Forum

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Health Care District of Palm Beach County

Prime Time School Age Care Network

Resource Depot

School District of Palm Beach County

University of Florida/IFAS Extension – Palm Beach County

National Associations for Family Childcare

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