Belonging to the Children's Forum satisfies the "membership in a professional organization" requirement for the renewal of many early care and education/child care credentials such as a CDA or FCCPC. In addition, we can assist program directors with fulfilling their professional contribution requirement for the renewal of their director credential.
We offer a variety of memberships for the early care and education community:
All Children's Forum members receive the following benefits:
- Fulfillment of membership requirements for credential renewals
- Digital membership card and certificate
- Discounts on professional development, training, and classroom supplies through our partner organizations
- Issues of Florida's Child, our e-newsletter
- E-mail notifications of legislative issues and other topics affecting the field
- Recognition in the Forum's annual report and newsletter as an active member and supporter
- Advocacy to legislators and business leaders on the important work you do for young children
Teachers work directly with young children in the field of early care and education and after-school.
Our program offers enrollment to help teachers meet the "membership requirement"* for renewal of:
- Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)
- National CDA Credential (CDA)
- Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)
- Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC)
- Florida School-Age Professional Credential (SAPC)
* Proof of individual membership in a national, state or local early childhood professional organization within last 12 months, (based on date application is received), is required. [Section 402.305(3)(b), F.S]
The Children's Forum assists Directors with fulfilling their Professional Contribution Requirement (PCR) for the renewal of their Florida Director Credential.
When you join the Forum at the Director/Owner level, you also became a member of our Needs Assessment Advisory Committee. Members of our Needs Assessment Advisory Committee provide valuable information to the Children’s Forum by addressing training and professional development needs within the early care and education field in Florida.
Members of the committee have the option to complete a needs assessment survey. Your participation in the survey becomes your professional contribution.
Supporting Members work as trainers, instructors, consultants, agency personnel, association staff, advocates, administrators, etc on behalf of young children in the field of early care and education/school-age care.
By enrolling as a Supporting Member, you will be fulfilling your responsibility to serve as an active member of your profession. Add your voice to our efforts to help set the standard for high quality education and care for all children.