Early Childhood Apprenticeship

Program Description

This is a training program which combines weekly evening classroom instruction with on-the-job training and support. Students must be employed in the early childhood field to be eligible for the program. The related classroom instruction uses Caring for Preschool Children. This is a comprehensive, child development-based curriculum that shows teachers how to plan and implement developmentally appropriate program. Students receive a Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate upon full completion of all program components. The program is tuition free. It is open to applicants who are currently employed in a child care center facility and have their high school diploma or GED.Program Total Hours:  Apprentices may receive up to half credit for program hours based on desired prerequisites and a credit assessment.
  • Childcare rules & regulations
  • Inclusion for children with disabilities
  • Appropriate methods of guidance
  • Identification and reporting child abuse & neglect
  • Theories of child development
  • Curriculum and lesson planning
  • Food service & nutrition education
  • Communication & interpersonal relationship skills
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate activities for young children

Desired Prerequisites:

30 Hour DCF Child Care Facility Certificate

10 Hour DCF Preschool Appropriate Practices Certificate

5 Hour DCF Online Early Literacy Training

Certification & License

ECPC Early Childhood Professional Certificate

CCAC Child Care Apprentticeship Certificate

Career Information

  • Childcare worker
  • Nanny
  • Preschool teacher
  • Further education to B.S. for elementary education teacher
  • Lead teacher in childcare center

Program Requirements

  • 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalant who are currently employed at a child care facility
  • Students must be employed in the early childhood field to be eligible for the program
  • DCF 45 Child Care Clock Hours

Program Commitment

4288 hours


$50.00 Materials Fees & Textbook


Class meets one night per week
On the job training Monday through Friday.

Kathleen E. Byrne  Bachelor of Science in Elementary, Florida State University, 24+ years In-Field ExperienceKatie Chefero  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of Central Florida, 19+ Years In-Field Experience

Only Adults


727 774-1700


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