Early Childhood Education

Establishing learning foundations for life

Program Objective:

To strengthen families and empower individuals to take action for the well-being of self and others in the home, workplace, community and world.

Program Content:

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

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

  • High School Diploma / GED from an Accredited High School

  • FDLE fingerprint clearance required

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 600 hours, but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCP AChild Care Worker I150 Hours
OCP BChild Care Worker II150 Hours
OCP CTeacher Aide (Preschool)150 Hours
OCP DPreschool Teacher150 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.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Childcare Worker

  • Teacher Aide (Preschool)

  • Preschool Teacher

Employment Requirements:

  • National Child Development Associate-from a vocational/technical college or postsecondary college, Department of Children and Families staff certified 45 hours


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

Financial Aid:

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.

Program Cost:

  • 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

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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