Child Care

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News and Announcements


Provider Meetings

Due to inclement weather the Suncoast Provider Meetings scheduled for September 1st and 2nd have been cancelled. These meetings will be rescheduled and the new dates will be posted shortly.


New Online Training Courses Available

The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation is offering 3 new courses: Safe Sleep Practices, Guide to School-Age Program Quality Standards and Self-Assessment, and Child Growth and Development.

Safe Sleep Practices (SAFE) is a 1-hr online course for caregivers to become familiar with safe sleep-related practices for infants and toddlers. This course provides an overview of appropriate methods, tips, and requirements for ensuring infants and toddlers are safe while they sleep, and be less likely to experience injury or death as a result of unsafe sleeping practices.

Guide to School-Age Program Quality Standards and Self-Assessment (SALT) is a 12-hr online course which is a combination of two courses: The 8-hr Standards for Quality Afterschool Programs (SQAP), and the 4-hr Quality Self-Assessment and Improvement for Afterschool Programs (QSAI), of which the content of the two individual courses have not changed. What is different is individuals will now register for a single course and upon completion of both courses (SQAP and QSAI) will have access to a single CEU assessment and competency exam.

Child Growth and Development (CGDR) is a 6-hr course offered on-line or as instructor-led. The CGDR course describes basic principles of child growth and development, and developmentally appropriate practices. Individuals that have completed the Child Growth and Development (CGAD) course prior to July 5, 2016 will have until March 31, 2017 to register for the competency exam. Individuals that completed the Child Growth and Development (CGD or CGAD) course to meet the Part I or Family Child Care Home training requirements do not have to retake the course. Individuals may choose to take the new course (CGDR) to earn CEUs or in-service credit.

These courses are available under Training and Credentialing.

-Posted 07/27/2016-


Upcoming Provider Meetings

The Provider Meeting Presentation is currently being updated and will be available to the public soon.

Each region will be hosting a provider meeting to discuss recent federal changes to Child Care regulations and Background Screening requirements. You will find each scheduled meeting on the News & Announcements page.

-Posted 07/15/2016