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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 1002
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F.S. 1002.995
1002.995 Early learning professional development standards and career pathways.
(1) The department shall:
(a) Develop early learning professional development training and course standards to be utilized for school readiness program providers.
(b) Identify both formal and informal early learning career pathways with stackable credentials and certifications that allow early childhood teachers to access specialized professional development that:
1. Strengthens knowledge and teaching practices.
2. Aligns to established professional standards and core competencies.
3. Provides a progression of attainable, competency-based stackable credentials and certifications.
4. Improves outcomes for children to increase kindergarten readiness and early grade success.
(c) Subject to the appropriation of funds by the Legislature, provide incentives to school readiness personnel who meet the requirements of s. 1002.88(1)(e) and prekindergarten instructors who meet the requirements specified in s. 1002.55, s. 1002.61, or s. 1002.63 and who possess a reading certification or endorsement or a literacy micro-credential as specified in s. 1003.485 and teach students in the school readiness program or the voluntary prekindergarten education program or work in a child care or early learning setting.
(2) To the greatest extent possible, the credentials and certifications established pursuant to this section shall align with the training for K-12 teachers, reading coaches, and school administrators in s. 1001.215(3).
(3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to administer this section.
History.s. 2, ch. 2019-126; s. 9, ch. 2021-9; s. 63, ch. 2021-10; s. 28, ch. 2022-154; s. 22, ch. 2023-245.