Training Center

Training & Professional Development

It is Kids Central’s objective to provide educational opportunities to individuals, caregivers, professionals, and partner agencies in support of our mission, values, and goals.  Kids Central’s Training and Professional Development Department enhances the skills, knowledge and abilities of staff while promoting awareness of and sensitivity to cultural backgrounds and the needs of the most vulnerable children and families.  Kids Central is committed to provide best practice training opportunities to do the job efficiently and effectively with energy and enthusiasm.

The staff at Kids Central receives training through a variety of venues.  Kids Central’s Training Team maintains many Trainer certifications including, but not limited to: Child Welfare, Family Team Conferencing, Family Centered Practice, Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, Bridges Out of Poverty, Adoption Competency, Non-Abusive Physical and Psychological Intervention, Supervising for Excellence, and Myers-Briggs.  These professional certifications allow for a vast variety of in-service training opportunities.  In-service training opportunities are often contracted by local, state, and national experts.

Kids Central provides Pre-Service training to all child welfare professionals.  Trainer/Job Coaches present eight weeks of classroom training, followed by intensive field training based on a professional development training plan to assist the new child welfare professional in their goal to achieve individual certification in their job class.

Training and Professional Development Department Staff Members:

Penny Beehler, Director of Training and Professional Development

Jordan Bernay, Trainer/Job Coach

Tiffany Butler, Trainer/Job Coach

Andrea Davis, Trainer/Job Coach

Teresa Mobley Administrative Assistant II


DCF Transformation Information
DCF Transformation Project Information Sheet
FSFN Transformation Enhancements (Web Based Training Modules)

To register for Transformation Training:
DCF Transformation Training Registration Information


2013 Resouce Guide
Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action

Florida Foster Care – Revamped!

Highlights of 2013 Legislative Changes
This document is intended to provide you with a quick overview of the changes.

2013 Session Overview



Child Welfare Certification Renewal Breakdown

Reciprocity Certification Award Date

Reciprocity Certification Renewal Date

On-going Certification Renewal Date

November 2011 – October 2012October 31, 2013October 31, 2015

Initial Certification Award Date

Initial Certification Renewal Date

On-going Certification Renewal Date

November 2011 – July 2012October 31, 2013October 31, 2015
August – October 2012October 31, 2014October 31, 2016
November 2012 – July 2013October 31, 2014October 31, 2016
August – October 2013October 31, 2015October 31, 2017
November 2013 – July 2014October 31, 2015October 31, 2017



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register for a course offered by Kids Central?
A: Contact Teresa at or by phone at 352-873-6332 ext: 3450

Q: I see Pre-service training on the calendar, what does that mean?
A: Pre-service training is required for all new child welfare professionals.  These trainings are required for certification.  Contracted providers register new employees to attend.