Early Childhood Education Program
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.
- 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 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.
The entire program is 600 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):
|OCP A||Child Care Worker 1||150 Hours|
|OCP B||Child Care Worker 2||150 Hours|
|OCP C||Teacher Aide – Preschool||150 Hours|
|OCP D||Preschool Teacher||150 Hours|
|Total Hours: 600|
Location & Course’s Schedule:
Early Childhood Education is available at the following school (s):
|LOCATION||COUNSELOR / REGISTRAR||PHONE NUMBER
|The English Center|
Juan R. Gonzalez
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical College|
|Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College|
|South Dade Technical College|
|Osar de Leon||Ext. 2111|
Contact Information at the Location:
Additional information can be provided by student services:
|The English Center||Monday 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 College||Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College||Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|South Dade Technical College||Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool, and Childcare Center Directors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm.