Meet the 2018 graduates of the Childcare Resources Credentialing Program for Early Educators

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Kate Saska, For Luminaries
Published 7:41 p.m. ET June 18, 2018

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Preschool teachers earn their Florida Child Care Professional Credential in one semester. Typically, this credential can take up to two years to earn.
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Graduate Meghan Visconte, with daughter Myla, receives a special certificate.(Photo: Provided by Childcare Resources/For Luminaries)

Childcare Resources of Indian River recently celebrated graduation for participants of an innovative education program that enhances early education throughout Indian River County.

The Childcare Resources Credentialing Program for Early Educators allows preschool teachers the opportunity to earn their Florida Child Care Professional Credential in one semester. Typically, this credential can take up to two years to earn.

This one-of-a-kind program is currently funded through an Impact 100 Indian River grant award. Through a partnership with Indian River State College, a dozen educators each semester explore creative expression, curriculum, child growth and development.

“Indian River State College values the opportunity to collaborate with Childcare Resources to offer the Florida Child Care Professional Credential training program at its facility. This program is meeting a vital need in the child care community and the students are so very motivated to succeed,” said Sara Whitacre, Indian River State College assistant professor of industrial education.

Graduate Sun Chong, second from left, with daughter Valentina, son Manuel Alejandro, and husband Manuel. (Photo: Provided by Childcare Resources/For Luminaries)

Following a keynote address by Fran Adams, retired Indian River County School District superintendent, graduates were presented with certificates by Whitacre. Graduates, their families and supporters celebrated at a reception following the ceremony.

“This group of teachers has been so enthusiastic and always willing to share with one another,” said program facilitator Dr. Elizabeth Swann. “I know this program has given them the confidence to go against the grain and bring best practices into their classrooms.”

Childcare Resources of Indian River, a partner agency of the United Way of Indian River County and Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee, elevates and promotes the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families. To learn more about Childcare Resources, visit ChildcareResourcesIR.org or call 772-567-3202.

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