Smart Horizons Institute's Early Childhood Program Introduces Two Center-Based Programs

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Center-based professional development programs allow early childhood directors to ensure the quality and quantity of professional development training taken by their staff.

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These center-based programs enhance the quality of the center by providing the staff with educational enrichment and allowing them to develop new skills that can be implemented into their programs.

Smart Horizons Institute today announced two center-based programs for early childhood educators to meet staff professional development requirements. These center-based programs are for centers of up to 50 users and centers of up to 20 users.

Early childhood directors face challenges each year tracking staff professional development. In many cases staff takes only the minimum training required, takes the same courses each year, or waits until the last minute to meet state requirements. Smart Horizon’s Early Childhood Professional Development program ensures owners, directors, or training managers can offer quality training to their entire staff in order to meet the annual training requirements in a timely manner.

These center-based programs enhance the quality of the center by providing the staff with educational enrichment and allowing them to develop new skills that can be implemented into their programs. Instead of giving staff an unstructured list of courses, directors are able to select courses to meet the needs of their staff.

Using the center-based programs, the owner, director, or training manager selects up to three individualized catalogs that meet their state’s training requirements. The provider then has the opportunity to select one of three catalogs. The three-catalog program consists of 170 hours of training, as well as these program features:

  •     Online learning environment customized to their center’s design
  •     Student records management and reporting
  •     Online self-paced training
  •     New offerings each year
  •     Customized selection of in–service training to meet state requirements
  •     Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for every course
  •     A full 365 days to complete the training
  •     Help desk and customer support
  •     Access to courseware 24 hours a day

Certificates and CEU documents are accessible immediately after course completion for learners or for administrators. The certificates are generated automatically and can be printed or saved. When it is time to renew the following year, the director or training manager has the opportunity to select new catalogs.

About Smart Horizons Institute
Smart Horizons Institute is an online training institution dedicated to providing quality professional development and certification programs. Smart Horizons offers Child Development Associate (CDA), CDA renewal, Director/Staff Credential renewals, and professional development courses to meet annual licensing requirements. Smart Horizons Institute is also recognized by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an approved Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) training provider. Courses are available in English and in Spanish. As an IACET Authorized Provider, Smart Horizons offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines. Smart Horizons institute is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education under the provisions of Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes and Chapter 6E, Florida Administrative Code, license number 4498.

About Smart Horizons
Smart Horizons is an online training provider based in Pensacola, Florida, that offers courseware development by experienced instructional designers, customized programs, learning management services, and superior media design. Designated as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET), Smart Horizons offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines. Smart Horizons, provides a wide range of training services, including content development and hosting, product delivery, student enrollment, student support, and record keeping. With innovative programs that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Smart Horizons is changing the way companies train their employees and enhancing the way individual learners achieve their educational and career goals.

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