Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Training Program and Renewal
(FCCPC) Training Program and Renewal
Previously referred to as the Florida CDAE Training Program.
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Until Further Notice!
Effective immediately, the fee to renew the Birth Through Five Credential is not required.
Effective January 13, 2010, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned to renew a Staff or Director Credential must be earned from education institutions accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or nationally affiliated state professional organizations.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please call the Child Care Training Information Center at 1-888-352-2842. This requirement is listed in Rule as 65C-22.003(1) (d), Florida Administrative Code.
View a Comparison of Required Training Components for DOE Early Childhood Professional Certificate and DCF Birth Through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential, a comparison of the types of programs listed below.
Florida Department of Children and Families Birth Through Five
Credential Training Program and Requirements
Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), " pursuant to Section 402.305(3)(b), F.S., is a department approved training program that consists of a minimum of 120 hours of early childhood instruction, 480 contact hours with children ages birth through eight (8) and at least two (2) methods of formal assessment that offers two (2) areas of certification; "Birth Through Five (formerly the department approved CDA Equivalency training programs)" and " School-Age (formerly the Florida School-Age Certification)."
Please select a county and press ENTER to view a list of DCF approved Birth Through Five Credential training program providers in the area specified. Note: Both online and statewide programs are displayed at the end of the search results for any county selected.
Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)
This credential is a Birth through Five Child Care Credential issued by the Florida Department of Education and recognized as a Staff Credential. This certificate was formerly referred to as a Florida Child Development Associate Equivalency Credential (CDAE).
View a list of approved programs for Florida Department of Education - Family and Consumer Science, Early Childhood Education .
Florida Department of Education Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC)
This credential is a Birth through Five Child Care Credential issued by the Florida Department of Education, obtained by completing the DOE Child Care Apprenticeship Program, and recognized as a Staff Credential. The Apprenticeship Certificate designates a student as a Child Care Development Specialist - students complete all Early Childhood Professional Certificate (formerly CDAE) requirements within the Apprenticeship Program. This certificate was formerly referred to as a Florida Child Development Associate Equivalency Credential (CDAE).
View a list of approved programs for Florida Association of Child Care Apprenticeship - Child Care Development Specialist .
Birth Through Five Credential Renewal Program and Application
For information on how to renew your Staff Credential, download a copy of the Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application , CF-FSP 5211, March 2009.
VPK and the Birth Through Five FCCPC, NECC and FLDOE
During the 2004 special session, the Florida Legislature passed the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) bill, which requires each lead prekindergarten instructor to hold, at a minimum, a current Birth Through Five or National Credential. A provider may also meet this requirement by having an Associates degree or higher with specific educational requirements and work experience. A full explanation of requirements, contact information and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting the VPK Web site at www.vpkflorida.com.
After July 1, 2006, any individual with an expired Birth Through Five or National Credential will not be eligible to be the lead teacher for the VPK classroom.
For more information, please contact:
The Background Screening and Child Care Training Information Center opened on September 3rd as an expanded version of the original call center. Call toll-free (888) 352-2842.