Florida Director Credentials

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Child Care Standards

65C-22.003(8), Florida Administrative Code

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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. This requirement is listed in Rule as 65C-22.003(1)(d), Florida Administrative Code.

If you have questions, please call the Child Care Training Information Center at 1-888-352-2842.

Director Credential Program

Administering a child care program is a complex job - one that requires extensive skills and knowledge in both child development and program administration. The expectation that directors of child care programs be well-trained and credentialed is ever increasing. In keeping with this trend, in 1999 the Florida Legislature revised child care licensing standards to require directors of licensed child care facilities to have a Director Credential. As a result of the legislative changes, the Department of Children and Families developed a comprehensive, renewable Director Credential consisting of educational and experiential requirements at three levels - Level I, Level II and Advanced.

Effective January 1, 2004, every child care facility is required to have a credentialed director, except during evening hours. A director may only supervise one child care facility, except if the facility is a before-and-after-school program. The director is the on-site administrator/supervisor who must be present in the facility a majority of the time that the facility is in operation, except during evening hours of operation. Every applicant for a license to operate a child care facility or a license for a change of ownership of a child care facility must document that the facility director has a Director Credential prior to issuance of the license.

A Director Credential is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue. A Director Credential issued prior to January 1, 2004 will have an initial renewal date of January 1, 2009 and every 5 years thereafter.

Director Credential Application

Download and complete the Director Credential Application, CF-FSP 5290, March 2009, to renew your Director Credential. Please include all appropriate supporting documentation and mail to the address listed in the application.

Approved Training Locations Offering "Overview of Child Care Management" Course

In order to receive a Director Credential, the "Overview of Child Care Management" course must be approved by the department. If the course you have taken is not on the approved list, you will not be given credit. Download the approved Overview of Child Care Management course list.

VPK Director Endorsement

A private prekindergarten provider delivering the VPK program must have a director who has a VPK Director Endorsement consistent with section 1002.55(3)(g), F.S., and meets the requirements of 6M-8.610, F.A.C.

Effective January 11, 2016, to receive a VPK Director Endorsement Credential, applicants must complete the following:

  1. The Florida Director Credential program listed above.
  2. Standards for Four-Year-Olds, or Florida Standards for Four-Year-Olds Online (DOE course completed on or after 2011).
  3. Emergent Literacy for VPK Instructors
  4. VPK Director Credential (DOE course).

Also, as of January 11, 2016 the issuance of the VPK Director Endorsement will automatically appear on the Child Care Training Transcript upon completion of the 4 requirements listed above.

Note: Individuals who were issued a Florida Director Credential before December 31, 2006 are considered “Exempt” from the VPK Endorsement requirement and are still eligible to be a director of a private prekindergarten program. However, these “exempt” directors are encouraged to acquire the VPK Endorsement.

If you have questions about the VPK Director Endorsement, please contact the Office of Early Learning at 1-866-447-1159.

VPK Director Endorsement Renewal

At this time, there are no additional requirements necessary to renew a Florida Director Credential with a VPK Endorsement.

Director Credential Renewal Process

View information on how to renew your Director Credential Renewal Application, CF-FSP Form 5290, March 2009.

Additional Resources, Flyer and Brochures

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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.