Licensed Family Child Care Home

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Child Care Standards

65C-20.009(2), Florida Administrative Code

Family Child Care Home Operator

Must complete:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training, prior to licensure (below)
  2. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development, prior to licensure
  3. 10-clock-hours Annual In-service training during licensure year
  4. First Aid Training, prior to licensure
  5. Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), prior to licensure

Substitutes
Substitute who works LESS THAN 40 Hours per Month

Complete all of the following prior to caring for children:

  1. 6-clock-hour Family Child Care Rules and Regulations or 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care
  2. First Aid Training
  3. Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Substitute who works MORE THAN 40 Hours per Month

Complete all of the following prior to caring for children:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training (below)
  2. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development
  3. First Aid Training
  4. Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Family Child Care Home Training

Family child care home personnel are required to complete< the following 30-clock-hours which are divided into five training courses:

  1. Family Child Care Home Rules and Regulations
  2. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  3. Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  4. Child Growth and Development
  5. Behavioral Observation and Screening

Prior to curriculum redesign, this requirement was satisfied by the 30 hour Family Child Care Training Certificate.

Training Exemptions

View the requirements for training exemptions.

Completion of Child Care Training

Child care professionals who completed any of the department's training courses that ended on or before December 31, 2003 received a certificate based on attendance. All child care professionals participating in any of the department's training courses that end on or after January 1, 2004 are required to pass a competency examination before they will be credited with successful completion of the course. As of June 30, the 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care course is no longer available. To satisfy the licensing requirement for substitutes working less than 40 hours per month on average an individual must have either a 6-clock-hour Family Child Care Homes Rules and Regulations certificate or a 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care Home certificate.

Documentation of Course Completion

Successful completion of training is documented on the Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Transcript. Individuals may obtain a copy of their Child Care Training Transcript by selecting "View My Transcript" at the top of this webpage. A copy of the Child Care Training Transcript must be maintained in the personnel file.

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.

Quality training of child care facility personnel is an essential component of successful child care programs. This publication is designed to help individuals understand the state mandated child care training requirements as outlined in section 65C-22.003, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) and section 402.305(2), Florida Statutes (F.S.). Training materials prepared by the Department of Children and Families are not proprietary.