Training & Development Department
The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education at Palm Beach State College provides professional development opportunities that meet the diverse needs and wants of early childhood educators serving young children throughout our county. Whether you are an entry level practitioner or an advanced professional, our community-based approach to training offers you alternative pathways in your personal career development. All of our trainings are outcomes driven, focusing on knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in the workplace.
What's in it for you?
- Quality Assured trainers and trainings
- Quality trainings that improve teaching practice that leads to child success
- Foundation for success in credit classes
- Scholarships that support degree and non-degree courses for practitioners working in the ECE field
Trainings are designed for:
- Classroom Practitioners
- Center Directors, Owners, Administrators
- Family Child Care Home Providers
- Technical Assistance Specialist
- Curriculum Specialists
- Meet at convenient times
- Provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- Provide the professional development necessary to move you along your chosen career path in early education
- Meet certificate renewal requirements
We offer courses and trainings through Corporate and Continuing Education that support the Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners. Core Competencies are the knowledge and skills needed by the workforce to provide high quality programs and services to children and their families.
The Core Competencies provide the outcomes for the non-credit and the college credit coursework, thus providing a link between the two pathways creating a coordinated and cohesive professional development system. Practitioners who enroll in the Corporate and Continuing Education courses can enhance their knowledge and skills in early childhood education as well as transition to college credit coursework.
Welcome to the Resources for Center Leaders section!
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!
The resources included in this online resource guide include:
The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education manages the Palm Beach County Trainer/Training Registry. This registry assures the quality of trainers and trainings provided in the county.
Benefits of Becoming a Registry-Approved Trainer
You will be a member of a respected cadre of Registry-Approved training professionals delivering outcomes driven training to the early childhood workforce. As a Registry-Approved trainer, you may be eligible to offer training to practitioners who can access SEEK scholarships to attend your training events.
How to Become a Registry-Approved Trainer
Please contact Nicole Rice at 561-868-3648 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the application and instructions for applying.
Please follow the instructions below when completing your online application:
- Fill out all the required fields on the application
- Submit copies of all college transcripts, certifications and credentials
- Submit a current resume
- Submit 2 letters of professional reference
Submit the completed application, along with all applicable supporting documentation via email or fax
In addition to submitting an online Trainer Application along with the outlined supporting documentation, applicants must complete required trainings. Once the application and supporting documentation is received and processed, the applicant will receive communication from the Institute identifying the next steps necessary to become a Registry-Approved Trainer.
The Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) program prepares students who work with children, infants to three years old, in a licensed child care facility or family child care home, for the National CDA. This program includes 120 hours of infant/toddler specialized coursework taught throughout three modules, completion of a professional portfolio/resource file and a 2-Hour on-site observation. Practical experience will be required working with children birth-3 during the training period. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students are awarded the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate from the Department of Children and Families.
Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) program prepares students who work with children three-five years old in a licensed child care facility or family child care home, for the National CDA. This program includes 120 hours of preschool specialized coursework taught throughout three modules, completion of a professional portfolio/resource file and a 2-hour on-site observation. Practical experience will be required working with children 3-5 years during the training period. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students are awarded the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate from the Department of Children and Families.
For the most current and complete information about entering the ECPC program, please attend the information session. The session will cover the requirements, module sequence, SEEK Scholarship information and more.
HEV0807, HEV0808, HEV0809: Caring for Children Birth to 3 Years - Florida Child Care
Professional Certificate (FCCPC)
This course targets center-based and family child care providers who work with infants and toddlers. The student who completes the course will be awarded a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) from the Department of Children and Families. This certificate will meet the Quality counts staff credential requirement for both center based and family child care benchmark, and will transfer to Palm Beach State College for nine hours of college credit after the successful completion of 15 hours of college credit.
Associate in Science: Child Development and Education
This program is designed for the student who wishes to enter the field of early childhood as an educator/caregiver. The course content provides the student with a thorough background in all aspects of child development as well as expanding his/her classroom knowledge into a practical hands-on teaching experience in a Montessori Track and a High/Scope Track.
Approved college credit certificate programs include Child Care Center Management, Infant/Toddler, and Preschool.
Childcare Certificate Training Program
Palm Beach State College Child Care program consists of certification programs.
40 Hr. Childcare Certificate
30 Hr. Family Childcare Certificate
ECPC (Early Childhood Professional Certificate)
FCCPC (Florida Child Care Professional Credential)
Florida School-Age Certification Training Program
The Florida School Age Certification Training Program at Palm Beach State College is a competency-based program for individuals who work with school age children. The Program consists of 40 Hr. School Age Certificate and 80 Hr. School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC).
We are located in The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education housed in the Count and Countess de Hoernle Historic Building located on the campus of the School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach State College at West Palm Beach
812 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Map and Directions
Training and Development Department
Darcy Russo, Early Childhood Edu. Asst. Dir.
Monica Walley, E.L. Prof Dev Project Director