Agency for Workforce Innovation / Office of Early
Mission: To ensure that all children are emotionally,
physically, socially and intellectually ready to enter
school and ready to learn, fully recognizing the crucial
role of parents as their child's first teacher.
APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning
Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment
(APPLE) is a voluntary national accreditation program.
In the state of Florida, programs must be a member of
the Florida Association for Child Care Management in
order to receive this as a member benefit.
Association of Early Learning Coalitions
Provides links to the 31 early learning coalitions
in Florida. Educates the general public on early
childhood issues. Houses a statewide calendar of events.
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to
helping parents find the best information on locating
quality child care and child care resources in their
community. We do this by raising visibility for local
child care resource and referral agencies nationwide,
and by connecting parents with the local agencies best
equipped to serve their needs.
The Children's Forum
Association for Child Care Management)
F.A.C.C.M. is committed to the development and
implementation of programs, techniques and strategies,
which improve the quality and affordability of early
childhood education. F.A.C.C.M. is unique in that it
functions from the perspective of the owner or
management of the child care facility .The organization
is committed to advocacy in the legislature of the state
of Florida for child care related issues and employs
their own lobbyist. F.A.C.C.M also administers the
national A.P.P.L.E Accreditation program for licensed
child care programs.
Florida Crown has a wide
selection of jobs available in many different industries
throughout the area. Whatever your skills and whatever
your interests, Florida Crown can help you find the
right position, with the right company.
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Education
- Office of Early Learning
Florida KidCare is our state’s children’s health
insurance program for uninsured children under age 19.
It is made up of four parts: MediKids, Healthy Kids, the
Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Network for children
with special health care needs, and Medicaid for
Healthy Families Florida
Promote positive parent-child relationships.
Association of Continuing Education and Training)
The International Association for Continuing
Education and Training is a non-profit association
dedicated to quality continuing education and training
programs. IACET authorizes education providers that meet
strict continuing education guidelines created in 1968.
IACET certification is the standard learners seek for
quality. IACET's Criteria and Guidelines are the core of
thousands of educational programs worldwide.
Association (National School Age Care Alliance)
The National School-Age Care Alliance promotes national
standards of quality after school child care, and grants
accreditation to programs that meet these standards.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Provides resources and information to promote excellence in early childhood education.
Nation's Network of Child Care Resource & Referral
The national network of
more than 850 child care resource and referral centers.
North Florida Workforce
North Florida Workforce Development Board brings
together businesses, elected officials, educators and
other collaborative partners, to build and enhance a
workforce to meet the needs of a demand driven economy.
The board represents Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette,
Madison, Suwannee and Taylor Counties, and is a part of
Workforce Florida, Inc.
Enhances the community’s ability to protect and
nurture children by building, maintaining and constantly
improving a network of family support services.
Suwannee Valley 4Cs
Early Childhood® Scholarship Program
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program
provides scholarships for child care / early learning
teachers and directors for educational costs to obtain a
Child Development Associate credential or state
equivalency certificate, Director's Credential or an
Associate degree in early childhood at a community
college. For more information about how to access a
T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, visit the Children's Forum or
click on the link.
With over 36 years of experience, WellFlorida has a
proven track record in creating solutions to the
region’s most pressing healthcare issues. We provide
expert insights, tools, programs and services to improve
health outcomes for residents of North Central Florida
and throughout the state.