Early Childhood Education Program

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childcare workersEstablishing 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 workers 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):

The English Center
(305) 445-7731
Cecilia Castillo
Juan R. Gonzalez
Ext. 2708
Ext. 2708
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
(305) 324-6070
Patricia Estiverne
Sandra Hawkins
Jacques Lucien
Rose Jasmin
Ext. 2111
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
(305) 253-9920
Mirtha Silverang
Maria Ruiz
Kathy Pearson
Irene Montoto
Ext. 2145
Ext. 2147
Ext. 2159
Ext. 2150
South Dade Technical College
(305) 247-7839
Osar de LeonExt. 2111

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

The English CenterMonday and Wednesday | 8:30 A.M.– 11:30 AM

Tuesday and Thursday | 8:30 A.M.– 11:30 AM

Saturday | 8:30 A.M.– 3:00 P.M.
Lindsey Hopkins Technical CollegeMonday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical CollegeMonday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Dade Technical CollegeMonday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



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