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A.A./A.S.:  Associate in Arts/Associate in Science

ACEI: Association for Childhood Education International

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

APPLE: Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment

ASL: American Sign Language

ASQ: Ages and Stages Questionnaires

ASQ-SE:  Ages and Stages Questionnaires-Social Emotional

CAM:  Child Activity Matrix

CAP:  Child Accommodation Plan

CARD: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

CBHC:  Children's Board of Hillsborough County

CCAC:  Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate

CCR&R:  Child Care Resource and Referral

CCTP:  Child Care Training Portal

CDA: Child Development Associate (National Credential)

CDA-E: Child Development Associate (National)-Equivalency

CDF: Children's Defense Fund

CDS: Child Care Development Specialist

CEU: Continuing Education Unit

CHELLO: Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation Tool  

CLAS: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

CLASS: Classroom Assessment Scoring System

COA: Council On Accreditation

COR: Child Observation Record

CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning  

DAP: Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DCAP: Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Practice

DCF: Florida Department of Children and Families

DEC: Division for Early Childhood

DECA: Deveraux Early Childhood Assessment

DIBELS: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

DOE: Department of Education

ECA: Early Childhood Association of Florida

ECC: Early Childhood Council

ECERS-R: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised

ECHOS: Early Childhood Observation System

ECPC: Early Childhood Professional Certificate (a CDA-E)

ELC: Early Learning Coalition

ELL: Association for Early Learning Leaders (formerly NACCP)

ELLCO: Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation

ELM: Early Literacy Matters

ELSA: Early Literacy Skills Assessment

ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center

ESL: English as a Second Language

ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

FAIR: Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading

FCCERS-R: Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale – Revised

FCCPC: Florida Child Care Professional Credential (a CDA-E)

FDLRS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

FIC: Family Involvement Connections

FLAEYC: Florida Association for the Education of Young Children 

FLKRS: Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener

FRANC: Fathers Resource and Networking Center

FS: Florida Statutes

FTE: Full-Time Equivalent

HAEYC: Hillsborough Association for the Education of Young Children

HECA: Hillsborough Early Childhood Association

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

IEP: Individualized Education Plan/Program

IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan

ILP: Individualized Learning Plan 

ITERS-R: Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised 

KTP: Kindergarten Transition Program

KWL: what children Know; what they Want to learn; what they have Learned

LEP: Limited English Proficiency

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

NAC: National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs

NACCP: National Association for Child Care Professionals

NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAFCC: National Association of Family Childcare

NCLB: No Child Left Behind

NIC: Network of Inclusive Childcare

NICHD: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NIEER: National Association for Early Education Research

PAS: Program Administration Scale

PBS: Positive Behavior Support

PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

PICCOLO: Parenting Interaction with Children: Checklist of Observerations Linked to Outcomes 

PITCH: Program to Increase the Early Childhood Training Capacity in Hillsborough County

PSP: Parent Services Project

PSST: Positive Social Skills Training/Teaching

QCFK: Quality Counts for Kids 

QRIS: Quality Rating Improvement System

RCMA: Redlands Christian Migrant Association 

RFP: Request For Proposals

SACERS: School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale

SACS: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools  

SAFE: Supervision, Age-appropriate, Fall surfacing, Equipment maintenance

SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test  

SECA: Southern Early Childhood Association  

SES: Supplemental Education Services or Socio-Economic Status

TACSEI: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions 

TANF:  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TEACH: Teacher Education And Compensation Helps scholarship program

VPK: Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

USDA: United States Department of Agriculture

WOYC: Week of the Young Child

ZPD: Zone of Proximal/Personal Development