The Tampa Bay Institute for Early Childhood Professionals is a space dedicated to the positive growth and transformation of the early childhood professional. "The Institute" offers a variety of services and resources aimed at helping current and aspiring early childhood professionals enrich their skills, chart a successful career path and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered in early childhood programs throughout the Tampa Bay area.
The Institute offers area early childhood professionals a full range of professional development services such as career advising, special trainings and seminars, a well-rounded lending library, Live Scan services, laminators, die cut machines and MORE!
The Institute may be used by all Tampa Bay area providers, and memberships to The Institute are open to everyone. Memberships are annual and cost $25.00 per person. For details about membership and to get a membership application, download the Institute's Membership Brochure. (PDF)
The Institute is THE place for early childhood trainings! At this time, providers can locate training information for "The Institute" on the ELCHC Calendar of Events or download a full printed catalog of trainings, called The Bulletin. You can also access our training offerings by going to our Calendar page.
The Office of Early Learning is proud to announce the release of the online Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards: Birth to Five courses. These courses provide practitioners with high‐quality online information to learn how children grow and develop.
There are three levels of courses organized by the practitioner’s level of experience. Options available are Entry Level, Career Level and Director Level. The online courses are currently available in English. A Spanish option will be available in the near future. Each course costs $10 and participants may register through the Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Portal, https://training01‐dcf.myflorida.com/studentsite/admin/login.jsf.
The courses are five‐hour courses with an embedded assessment. CEUs are available once the embedded assessment is successfully completed. This information will be documented on the DCF Training Transcript. Questions regarding the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards: Birth to Five online courses should be directed to Antrica Morgan at (850) 717-8550 or email at Antrica.Morgan@oel.myflorida.com.
Classes required to earn the Florida Staff Credential are being planned to begin in May and June and are offered by HCC, the Training Office, and P-Tech. An online option through Florida Gateway College will be available in March. T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available to cover the majority of costs for any of the credentials listed above. An active staff credential enables ECE professionals working on an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood to receive credit for 3 degree program courses.
Coursework required for renewal of staff credentials is available through a number of educational outlets and choices include both on-site and on-line. Non-degree seeking renewal coursework is most appropriate for ECE professionals who have earned a degree. ECE professionals who do not already have a degree needing to renew a credential should consider doing their renewal coursework as part of an Associates program.
Registration for classes leading to 2-year Associate’s and 4-year Bachelor’s Degrees begins at the end of March at both state and private colleges and universities. There are a number of options for early childhood professional who want to earn a degree. Available course formats include on-site, on-line, and hybrid. Financial aid is available either through the college or (for the Associates Degree) through the T.E.A.C.H. program. Early Childhood professionals interested in more information and registration assistance should contact the Career Advising Office at the Institute.
Financial Aid through the T.E.A.C.H program is available for ECE professionals working or volunteering more than 20 hours a week. T.E.A.C.H. will fund tuition for staff credential, director’s credential, or credential renewal. It will also fund ECE professionals working toward an Associates degree. ECE professionals seeking a Bachelors or higher degrees will need to consult with the Financial Aid office of the college or university they wish to attend to apply for available scholarships and grants.
The Institute is located at:
8413 Laurel Fair Circle, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33610
Telephone: (813) 280-0800
FAX: (813) 626-7557
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Plenty of FREE parking
CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION
|Mondays||9:00 am to 4:00 pm|
|Tuesdays||1:00 pm to 7:30 pm|
|Wednesdays||9:00 am to 1:00 pm|
|Thursdays||9:00 am to 4:00 pm|
|Fridays||9:00 am to 4:00 pm|
(3rd Sat. of ea. month only)
|9:00 am to 1:00 pm|
Note: The Institite is designed to be a professional haven for early childhood practitioners. As such, it is not a place suited for children. We ask that all visitors make child care arrangements when planning to visit The Institute.
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Letting kids roam: Local parents embrace some elements of “Free-Range Kids”
August 1, 2015 – Lakeland Ledger
Emma Moses didn't consider it a major milestone when her parents began letting her venture out on solo runs two years ago at age 12. It just seemed part of her natural progression toward increased independence.
Editorial: Help needed for Florida’s poor families
July 31, 2015 – Tampa Bay Times
Florida ranks an abysmal 37th in the nation for the number of children who live in poverty. A new study that examines youth poverty underscores the need for broad-based solutions to help Florida's most vulnerable families break the cycle of poverty.