The Greenhouse, the St. Pete Chamber’s partnership with the City of St. Petersburg to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with the education, resources and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy, has collaborated with the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) to develop and deliver business training curriculum to childcare center directors in St. Petersburg’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA).
The Academy for Business in Childcare Development (ABCD) Program pilot kicked off on Tuesday, March 26th with a cohort of 12 individuals representing 7 centers. The ABCD Program training will provide the necessary tools for strengthening the financial viability, growth potential and independence of the childcare centers in St. Petersburg’s CRA, in turn enhancing the center’s sustainability and increasing resources available for child development.
Spanning 8 weeks, the curriculum for the program, delivered by a diverse group of subject matter experts, will address the understanding and practical application of financial and legal principles, management practices, and marketing strategies through weekly in-person presentations, take home assignments, seminars, panel discussions, and small group activities to enhance the learning experience.
The creation of the ABCD Pilot Program marks the first time that a Greenhouse developed curriculum has sought and been approved for accreditation to administer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon successful completion of the 17-hour course, participants will receive 1.7 CEUs as approved by the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children.
In addition to CEUs, center participants will be eligible to receive completion stipends of $250 per individual and $1,000 per center, with the ability to access up to an additional $10,000 per center made available through CRA grant funding. Graduates of the program will move to a 5-month mentoring phase where they will meet regularly to continue and complete work on their goal projects and access additional Greenhouse training workshops as needed.
The ABCD Pilot will serve as a case study to advise the continuation and expansion of the program in the future.