Early Childhood Education
Establishing learning foundations for life
To strengthen families and empower individuals to take action for the well-being of self and others in the home, workplace, community and world.
Students must complete a core curriculum which includes:
- Child growth and development
- Maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy environment
- Implementation of age appropriate activities
- Child abuse
- Curriculum for children
- Infant/toddler care
- Guiding behavior
- Health and safety regulations
- Nutrition and Food Service
- Employability and leadership skills
- Balancing family, school, and work
16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
High School Diploma / GED from an Accredited High School
FDLE fingerprint clearance required
The entire program is 600 hours, but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:
|OCP A||Child Care Worker I||150 Hours|
|OCP B||Child Care Worker II||150 Hours|
|OCP C||Teacher Aide (Preschool)||150 Hours|
|OCP D||Preschool Teacher||150 Hours|
|Total Hours: 600|
Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE® test, or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.
Students are expected to complete program competencies.
- DCF 30-hour Child Care Worker certification (5 DCF Test Certificates)
- DCF 10-hour Pre-School Certification (2 DCF Certificates)
- DCF 5-hour Early Literacy Program
- Adult and Pediatric CPR
To receive the National CDA (Child Development Associate) the student must log on www.cdacouncil.org at the CDA program to schedule the test, visit, and determine fee charge.
Teacher Aide (Preschool)
National Child Development Associate-from a vocational/technical college or postsecondary college, Department of Children and Families staff certified 45 hours
According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual pay for Child Care Workers was $22,290 and the median annual pay for a Preschool Teacher was $28,990.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
$15.00 application fee per trimester
Material fee – $20.00
Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
Liability insurance fee – $10.50
Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.