The Child Care Center Management Certificate Program consists of coursework in leadership and administrative skills, educational programming, and financial issues associated with managing a quality childcare program. This certificate program provides college-level instruction to prepare students for the managerial and administrative aspects of childcare facilities. Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Preschool Certificate and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program.
This program includes coursework toward the completion of the state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) with the completion of CHD 1380 Facilitating Development, CHD 2320 Early Childhood Curriculum, and CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development. To earn the FCCPC, the student must also complete CHD 1440 Early Learning Practicum. The approved course for the foundation of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Director's Credential is CHD 2801 Overview of Child Care Management. After completing this course, the student must submit an application to DCF and meet additional requirements to earn the DCF Director Credential. A student who obtains the DCF Director Credential is eligible to apply for a director position at a childcare facility, or function as a director of his or her own childcare facility.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
PLO1: Explain developmental tasks relative to the various stages of development of young children.
PLO2: Plan a developmentally and culturally appropriate program curriculum that is inclusive of activities that facilitate principles and processes of child development to enhance the whole child.
PLO3: Use appropriate guidance and classroom management techniques.
PLO4: Create a system of on-going observation, assessment, and documentation.
PLO5: Design a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment while supporting state and local regulations and accreditation standards to maintain a quality program.
PLO6: Build ongoing communication and alliances with staff, families, programs and other community resources.
PLO7: Describe major components of a sound business management plan.