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Child Care Center Operations

   Career Cluster: Education and Training


This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education and Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills.

The content 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.

Additional Information relevant to this Career/Technical Education (CTE) program is provided at the end of this document.

Regulated Programs

For additional information on the Florida Director Credential go to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/director-credential.

Florida Director Credential Core Requirements:
• Possess a high school diploma.
• Complete the Department of Children and Families (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 in-service training on children with disabilities.
• Possess an active Staff Credential

In addition, the Director Credential, Level I requires:
• 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. Refer to the website above for additional information.

Course Number: HEV0160
Occupational Completion Point: A
Child Care Center Director – 45 Hours – SOC Code 119031

After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:

01.0 Analyze the leadership role of the program administrator in creating and sustaining an effective organizational structure in a child care and education setting.
02.0 Develop effective personnel policies and procedures.
03.0 Develop a system for staff recruitment, development, management, and evaluation.
04.0 Develop systems for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, compensation, purchasing, and maintenance.
05.0 Develop effective publicity and marketing strategies.
06.0 Explain the legal obligations/responsibilities of a child care facility, including those related to tax laws, insurance, and licensure.
07.0 Apply knowledge of program elements needed to implement and sustain a culturally sensitive, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment based upon principles of child development and professional standards.
08.0 Maintain a system for ongoing assessment and documentation related to children within the child care center program.
09.0 Develop a system for monitoring child care facility practices related to health, safety, and nutrition.
10.0 Create policies that promote alliances with families and collaboration among programs, families, and community resources.

Laboratory Activities

Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. These activities include instruction in the use of safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes related to these occupations. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.

Cooperative Training – On The Job Training (OJT)

On-the-job training is appropriate, but not required, for this program. Whenever offered, the rules, guidelines, and requirements specified in the OJT framework apply.

Points And Grades

The following grading scale will apply to all courses within the program: 90 –100 A | 80 – 89 B | 70 –79 C | 60 – 69 D | 59 or less F

Total Program Cost

$2.56 per Hour + Materials + Fees (In-State Career / Technical Education Program Rate)
$10.25 per Hour + Materials + Fees (Out-of-State Career / Technical Education Program Rate)