New Early Learning Child Care Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 6, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) is offering an Early Learning Child Care (ELC) Program that provides monitoring and assessments of contracted child care providers and technical assistance to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. The latter is one of 32 coalitions in the state created to design, operate and manage a system of fully integrated and coordinated school readiness programs. Funded by grant resources administered by the Coalition, MCC's program provides training to workers in child care centers and family day care facilities.

"Research suggests that the first three years of a child's life are the most critical in his or her development. We're working to build a quality environment for infants and toddlers by providing training opportunities for child care workers in Manatee County," said Dr. Carolyn Huber, coordinator of MCC's new program.  

State legislation requires one child care worker with a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) for every 20 children in a facility. Completion through MCC of 45 hours of required noncredit training translates to three credit hours earned. Students in the ELC Program may go on to earn an associate in applied science or associate in science degree in MCC's Early Childhood Education Program. An articulation agreement with the University of South Florida paves the way for seeking a bachelor of applied science in early childhood education.

Scholarships through the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. are available to vouchered and contracted early childhood employees working with children ages birth to 3 or family day care in Manatee County. The scholarships are offered in collaboration with MCC. For more information, call MCC at (941) 752-5659.

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