Child care professionals can turn to South Florida State College’s Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) Department to complete the courses mandated by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Among the child development courses regularly offered are:
BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATION AND SCREENING
This component of “Introduction to Child Care” may be taken separately. (10 hours)
Pediatric CPR is required for child care workers.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
The Florida DCF requires caregivers to complete this class before they can be licensed to care for children in a private home. (30 hours)
Pediatric first aid is required for child care workers.
FLORIDA CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL (FCCPC)
The FCCPC competency standards are at the core of the FCCPC 120-contact hour program. This course covers the goals caregivers must meet and the areas in which they must function. It examines the skills they need to be competent caregivers and the basis on which they are assessed.
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHILD CARE
This class is required for substitutes for family child care homes. (3 hours)
INFANT/TODDLER APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
This class covers practices and activities that are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers. (10 hours)
INTRODUCTION TO CHILD CARE
Mandated by the Florida DCF for all child care workers, this course covers rules and regulations, child abuse, child development, health, safety, and nutrition. As part of the course, participants observe and screen children for developmental milestones. (30 hours)
This is part of the 45 hours required by DCF for child care workers. It includes developmentally appropriate practices for introducing young children to literacy in all areas of play. (5 hours)
PRESCHOOL APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
This class covers the practices and activities that are developmentally appropriate for preschool-age children. (10 hours)
SCHOOL-AGE APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
This class covers practices and activities that are developmentally appropriate for school-age children, including activities for after school-age programs. (10 hours)
SPECIAL NEEDS APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
This class covers all developmentally appropriate practices for children with special needs.