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Quality Initiatives

Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

The Office of Early Learning is pleased to share new resources on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards website which may be accessed at

  • The Families tab is now live and includes family friendly information, tips and simple activities that can help parents support their child’s development.
  • The Standards tab now includes links in the lower left corner of many components. Those links will take you to video clips that will; help you recognize developmental stages and activity suggestions to help you support children’s progress.

Check out this exciting NEW resource and pass it along to your staff and families!

The program sends police officers into preschool programs on a monthly basis with a multi-pronged mission to introduce children to positive interactions at an early age, grow a love for reading, and build social emotional and character skills.


Social Emotional Initiative

The significance of social emotional development is seen in every area of a child’s life. A child will have a strong foundation for later development if he or she can manage personal feelings, understand others’ feelings and needs, and interact positively with others.


Reading to children at an early age, helps them gain important skills that can provide them with the cornerstones needed for the development of later academic skills. This initiative sends community members into programs and provides books and materials to support early literacy.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Exposing children to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, will encourage them to pursue careers in  STEM fields.


 Therapy Dog 

Children have the opportunity to interact with a Therapy Dog and its owner.  They also learn about the daily lives of service dogs.


TS GOLD is an authentic, ongoing, observation-based assessment system that helps teachers and administrators like you focus on what matters most for children’s success.

For more information or assistance with TS GOLD please contact our Quality Initiative using the form at the bottom of the page.

Infant and Toddler Initiative

Early Intervention is the key to success for children who may have special needs or developmental delays.  This initiative helps teachers effectively observe and assess infants and toddlers development in order to support their developmental progress.


Explore the Seven Essential Life Skills:

  • Focus and Self Control
  • Perspective Taking
  • Communicating
  • Making Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking on Challenges
  • Self Directed Engaged Learning

This training is now full. Please visit this page again for updates.



Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (BPIECE) for Directors is a self-assessment tool that has been developed to identify director practices that can be used to support practitioners in creating a high quality early childhood environment that meets the needs of diverse learners and their families.


The Early Ed Teacher Connections Facebook page is a place where teachers can share ideas and learn from each other.  Click on the picture above to go to Facebook check it out!

Want to know more about any of these initiatives?  Call ELCFV at 386-323-2400, press 3, then press 3 again.