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U Florida Receives $1 Million Early Learning Grant

The University of Florida College of Education has received a $1 million grant to support Early Learning Florida, the college's online professional development system for the state's 55,000 early learning educators.

The University of Florida's Lastinger Center for Learning is the college's innovation incubator that is implementing Early Learning Florida. According to information on the Lastinger Center's site, the platform "will offer free courses for early childhood educators to expand their certifications and gain skills to better educate and care for young children."

“We’ll use this money to improve learning and development for hundreds of thousands of young children by providing new tools and resources to build the skills of early learning professionals," said said Don Pemberton, director of the Lastinger Center for Learning, in a prepared statement.

The $1 million grant comes from the Jim Moran Foundation and will be dispersed in equal payments over the next three years. With this grant, Early Learning Florida has received $3 million in donations from major philanthropic organizations, including $900,000 from Helios Education Foundation, $500,000 from the Lastinger Family Foundation and $600,000 from an Ohio-based foundation that wishes to remain anonymous.

Further information about the UF Lastinger Center for Learning can be found on the University of Florida's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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