Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1456 By Senator Perry 8-01224B-19 20191456__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Office of Early Learning; 3 amending s. 1002.82, F.S.; requiring certain 4 preservice and inservice training requirements 5 established by the Office of Early Learning to include 6 specified professional development pathways; creating 7 s. 1002.995, F.S.; requiring the office to develop 8 certain training and course standards for school 9 readiness program providers; requiring the office to 10 identify certain formal and informal career pathways, 11 stackable credentials, and certifications that meet 12 specified criteria for such providers; requiring such 13 credentials and certifications to align with a 14 specified training when possible; providing for 15 rulemaking; providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Paragraph (v) of subsection (2) of section 20 1002.82, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 21 1002.82 Office of Early Learning; powers and duties.— 22 (2) The office shall: 23 (v) Establish preservice and inservice training 24 requirements that address, at a minimum, school readiness child 25 development standards, health and safety requirements, and 26 social-emotional behavior intervention models, which may include 27 positive behavior intervention and support models, including the 28 integration of early learning professional development pathways 29 established in s. 1002.995. 30 Section 2. Section 1002.995, Florida Statutes, is created 31 to read: 32 1002.995 Early learning professional development standards 33 and career pathways.— 34 (1) The office shall: 35 (a) Develop early learning professional development 36 training and course standards to be utilized for school 37 readiness program providers. 38 (b) Identify both formal and informal early learning career 39 pathways with stackable credentials and certifications that 40 allow early childhood teachers to access specialized 41 professional development that: 42 1. Strengthens knowledge and teaching practices. 43 2. Aligns to established professional standards and core 44 competencies. 45 3. Provides a progression of attainable, competency-based 46 stackable credentials and certifications. 47 4. Improves outcomes for children to increase kindergarten 48 readiness and early grade success. 49 (2) To the greatest extent possible, the credentials and 50 certifications established pursuant to this section shall align 51 with the training for K-12 teachers, reading coaches, and school 52 principals in s. 1001.215(3). 53 (3) The office shall adopt rules to administer this 54 section. 55 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.