Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

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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 a 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: 4288.  Apprentices may receive up to half credit for program hours based on desired prerequisites and a credit assessment.

  • Childcare rules & regulations
  • Appropriate methods of guidance
  • Theories of child development
  • Inclusion for children with disabilities
  • Identification and report child abuse & neglect
  • Curriculum and lesson planning
  • Communication & Interpersonal relationships
  • Food service & nutrition education
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate activities for young children.


Desired Prerequisites

  • 30 Hour DCF Child Care Facility Certificate
  • 5 Hour DCF Preschool Appropriate Practices Certificate
  • 5 Hour DCF Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • 5 Hour DCF Online Early Literacy Training
  • CPR/First Aid Certification



  • ECPC Early Childhood Professional Certificate
  • CCAC Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate


Career Information

Possible Careers:  Childcare Worker, Pre-School Teacher, Lead Teacher in Childcare Facility,  Nanny

Further education to B.S. for elementary education teacher


Program Requirements

  • 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent 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 Cost

  • $50 Materials Fee and Textbook



  • Class meets one night per week.  On the Job training Monday – Friday.



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Important Links

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  • Early Childhood Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Instructors

Kathleen E. Byrne, Instructor

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Florida State University

27+ years In-Field Experience

Building 7, Room 07-011


Katie Chefero

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

University of Central Florida

23+ Years In-Field Experience

Building 7, Room 07-011