Early Childhood Education

Three teachers observing children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health

Establishing learning foundations for life.


Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead staffs, oversee daily activities, design curriculums, and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their program. Some preschools and childcare centers are independently owned and operated. In these facilities, directors must follow the instructions and guidelines of the owner. Sometimes, directors own the facilities, so they decide how to operate them. Other preschools and childcare centers are part of a national chain or franchise. The director of a chain or franchise also must ensure that the facility meets its parent organization’s standards and regulations.

DCF Requirements

  • Students can be awarded the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) upon completion of this program and meeting all requirements. The ECPC is recognized by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Students who earn it are eligible for a DCF Staff Credential.
  • This program is comprised of 120 hours of classroom instruction, 480 hours of direct work with preschool age children and includes DCF introductory child care training.
  • To offer the DCF introductory child care training, courses as part of this program, approval must be obtained from the local DCF child care training coordinating agency.
  • To teach the DCF introductory child care training courses, the instructor must meet the trainer requirements established by the Department of Children and Families (Chapter 65C-22.003(5) F.A.C. http://ccrain.fl-dcf.org/documents/2/470.pdf). Requirements and guidelines can be obtained through your local training coordinating agency. For more information, go to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/contacts.
  • Programs offering the introductory child care courses will be required to use DCF materials and be subject to monitoring by the coordinating agencies.

Employment Outlook:

Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $23.63 hourly or $49,160 annually.

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 600 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP AChild Care Worker 1150 Hours
OCP BChild Care Worker 2150 Hours
OCP CTeacher Aide – Preschool150 Hours
OCP DPreschool Teacher 150 Hours
Total Hours: 600

Location & Course’s Schedule:

Early Childhood Education is available at the following school (s):

Hialeah Adult Education CenterMonday - Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Miami Coral Park Adult Education CenterTuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Miami Springs Adult Education CenterMonday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Contact Information at the Location:

Hialeah Adult Education Center
(305) 822-1500
Maria Lopez
John Miranda
Gillian Carrasco
Ext. 2210
Ext. 2238
Ext. 2917
Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center
(305) 226-6565
Andres Trujillo
Vivian Pedroso
Ext. 2266
Ext. 2205
Miami Springs Adult Education Center
(305) 698-5012
Walter Centeno

Additional information can be provided by student services:




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