When you join the Florida Affiliate, you can choose to participate on one of the committees listed below. By serving as an active participant on a committee, you will become involved in specific activities designed to further the mission of the FL Affiliate as well as your development as a leader in the field.
Note: Renewal of the Florida Director Credential requires that you fulfill a "professional contribution requirement" (see p. 5, Section 8 of the Florida Child Care Director Credential and Renewal Application, CF-FSP Form 5290, for a list of activities that satisfy this requirement).
One of the ways in which you can fulfill the professional contribution requirement is by:
Serving as an officer, committee member, consultant, or mentor in a professional organization related to the field of early childhood or school-age education. (Documentation must include proof of role in organization, including length of time involved and duties. Letter should be from the organization, client, or person being mentored. Membership alone does not satisfy this requirement.)
At this time, we have established the following committees from which you can choose:
- Event Planning - AVAILABLE
As a member of this committee, you can take an active role in helping to plan the agenda for upcoming events. You may also participate by volunteering with the onsite coordination of conferences and training sessions.
At this time, the Florida Affiliate is planning a Directors Institute for its Florida AELL members in 2015. A survey is currently available to help us gather information about the topics and activities you would like to see presented at this event. To take the survey, please use the Members Only button to access the survey. You will need the username and password you created when you joined the Association.
- Advocacy - COMMITTEE BEING FORMED
Many times, during Florida's legislative session and throughout the year, there are important issues about young children's programs and services that need to be brought to the attention of our state legislators. As a member of this committee, you will become the local "message bearers" who will carry the information to the policymakers in your community through letter-writing, newspaper editorials, and public awareness events at your program site.
- Professional Development - COMMITTEE BEING FORMED
There are many training opportunities available throughout the state on an ongoing basis, but it's sometimes difficult for individuals to find out about them in a timely way. As a member of this committee, you will join other directors in regularly submitting announcements for training events in your communities so that we can maintain a calendar of events for you on our website. In addition, members can ask each other to send out "blast announcements" in neighboring counties to help boost registration for your meetings and training events.
- Research and Data Collection - COMMITTEE BEING FORMED
As an organization promoting issues and ideas to improve the field of early care and education, the Forum often has the need to access quick facts, data and opinions from the field. As a member of this committee, you will be asked from time to time to respond to surveys and questionnaires to help us collect needed information. And as a result of your participation, you may want to get involved in some of our efforts!
To join a committee, log in to the Members Only portal.
Additional committees may be added in the future as needs and opportunities arise.