The purpose of the Child Care Center Operations program is to prepare students for future administrators of early childhood facilities to develop and enhance their leadership role.
The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of one occupational completion point. The content of the program includes, but is not limited to, organizational leadership, financial management, legal obligations and responsibilities, educational programming, marketing strategies, assessment, monitoring practices, observations, referrals, and collaboration of programs with families and community resources.
INSTRUCTION CONSISTS OF
|Child Care Center Director
(OCP – A)
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)
Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. Activities include competency based applied learning that contributes to academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skill in the Child Care Center Operations program.
- Possess a high school diploma.
- Complete the DCF* Part I Introductory Child Care Courses (5 courses, 30 hours).
- Complete the DCF* Special Needs Appropriate Practices course or a minimum of 8 hours of inservice training on children with disabilities.
- Possess an active Staff Credential.
In addition, the Director Credential, Level I require:
- Completion of one DCF* approved course in the curriculum content area Overview of Child Care Management.
- This course meets that requirement. There are additional requirements for the Director Credential, Level II, and the Advanced Level.
* Department of Childrens and Families (DCF)
This program operates on an open-entry/open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
DAY/TIME PROGRAM OFFERED
Tuesday 6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
Students are exempt from the basic skills requirements for courses of 450 clock hours of instruction or less.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENT
Basic computer skills
- Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
- No financial obligations
- Completion of Exit Package to receive a program certificate
- Employers require applicants to complete a Dept. of Children and Families mandatory training program.
- Possess an active CDA Staff Credential
- Employers recommend experience in early childhood education.
- Child Care Center Director
- Pre-school Center Director
According to the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of a childcare center director was $47,310 per year or $22.75 per hour.
DOCUMENTS, PUBLICATIONS, & MULTI-MEDIA
- Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework (PDF)
- Gainful Employment Disclosure (WEB)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (WEB)
- Brochure – English (PDF)
- Folleto – Español (PDF)
- Video (MP4)