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Center Leader Resources

Training & Development

This online resource guide was created to provide you, the center leader, with the necessary tools to support your staff to become successful in progressing along their chosen career pathway and achieving their professional development goals!

Leadership Training

These trainings are designed for child care directors, assistant directors, curriculum specialist, family child care homes and after-school directors.

The track focuses on leadership and program management skills in personal and professional development, professional communication strategies, performance management, presentation skills, facilitative leadership, and program evaluation.

Each course is a series that has required assignments to support theory to workplace outcomes.

To successfully complete the series, students must complete the course requirements.


HEO0202: Foundations of Outcomes Driven Training (Online Blackboard)
This course will prepare trainers to deliver trainings to early childhood practitioners using the Center Trainer Modules, which will result in the achievement of intended outcomes.

Trainers will learn principles of adult learning and ways to address different learning styles.

Trainers will also learn how to create and maintain environments conducive to learning by managing disturbances and by using active training techniques and effective training aids.

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HEO0233: Growing Your Staff While Growing Yourself
This course prepares early childhood center managers to assess their professional strengths and areas of growth using reflective practice and the Practitioner and Director Florida Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners as well as guiding their staff in developing an individual career plan for professional growth.

HEO0236: Introduction to Community of Practice (COP) for Center Leaders
This course introduces child care center directors, assistant directors and curriculum specialists to the concept, benefits and processes of communities of practice/critical friends groups to support reflective practice, collaboration and improved learning outcomes for children.

HEO0247: Observation and Feedback
This course provides early childhood center leaders with knowledge and skills to implement routine staff observation and feedback to improve classroom practices and interactions.


Communities of Practice for Center Leaders

The Institute of Excellence believes that communities of practice that interact regularly are key to improving performance both from an individual and a program perspective.

Communities of practice are about collective learning and reflection, and shared practice to enhance staff growth and development; they are about combined knowledge and experience, collective reflection, and on-going collaboration. 

For center leaders, these communities can help to ensure the design of quality learning environments for children.


How To Become a Center Trainer

To become a Quality Approved Center Trainer, you need to meet the following 3 requirements:

  • You are currently employed as a Director, Assistant Director or Curriculum Specialist
  • You hold a valid DCF EC Staff Credential
  • You have successfully completed HEO0202 Foundations of Outcomes Driven Training

Quality Approved Center Trainers are qualified to provide training via the Center Trainer Modules to the professional staff at your center as well as sister sites (defined as sites owned by the same owner/entity).

Center Trainers are eligible to checkout Center Training Modules created by the Institute. These modules include scripted training sessions, PowerPoints, handouts and assessments.

Renewal requirements include the completion of 10 clock hours of continuing education in adult learning and/or early care and education annually.

Documentation must be provided to validate claims of professional development.

For more information, please contact: Nicole Rice at


Center Trainer Manual

A Center Trainer Manual is a 2 hour multi-media training kit which includes a training script, visual aids, materials for all activities and exercises, and an observation tool so that the trainer can ensure what has been learned in the training translates to changed behavior in the classroom.

Center Trainer Manuals are available for check out by a Center Trainer or Quality Approved Trainer.

Center Trainer Manuals must be completed in a series of two manuals to be considered Quality Approved. The two manuals must be completed within thirty (30) calendar days.

List of available Center Trainer Manuals

Center Trainer Manuals (CTM) Request Form


Center Leader Advising Toolbox

Your curiosity and commitment to high quality center leadership led you to this webpage.

Get ready to explore the Center Leader Advising Toolbox, a comprehensive career planning resource guide!

The toolbox offers designated leaders of child care centers like you the support you need to guide your staff as they progress along their career pathway and accomplish professional development goals that lead to positive child outcomes.

Because you strive daily to promote a culture of quality teaching, we’ve created a user-friendly guide which provides tips and tools to help your staff achieve success in the following seven areas:


Pre-recorded Webinars

How to Navigate the Director’s Portal to Create a QIP, Using a Smart Goal

Developmental Supervision to Support Conscious Discipline

Observation and Feedback to Support Conscious Discipline

Reflective Practice to Support Conscious Discipline

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