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Section 65C-22.003
Training

(1) Definitions.

(a) "Training Coordinating Agencies" are authorized contract providers, designated by the department and responsible for the coordination of child care personnel training at the district level. Each training coordinating agency is required to establish an advisory committee to provide them with technical assistance and recommendations to improve the quality and effectiveness of child care training.

(b) "CDA", Child Development Associate is a national credential, recognized throughout the United States and the world, issued by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.

(c) "State Approved CDA Equivalency" is a training program that has been approved by the department as meeting or exceeding the criteria established for an equivalency program.

(2) Training Requirements.

(a) The 30-hour introductory training requirement is divided into two parts. Part I is outlined in s. 402.305(2)(d), F.S. Part II consists of five specialized training modules, identified below, any of which child care personnel can choose to attend and together with Part I will complete the 30-hour training requirement:

  1. Developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers.

  2. Developmentally appropriate practices for young children.

  3. Developmentally appropriate practices for school-age children.

  4. Developmentally appropriate practices for children with special needs.

  5. Owners/Operators of child care programs.

(b) Child care personnel hired on or after October 1, 1992, must complete Part I and Part II of the department's 30-hour introductory child care training course requirement. Child care personnel hired prior to October 1, 1992, substantiated by documentation, are required to complete Part I only.

(c) Documentation. Training certificates are issued by training coordinating agencies upon the completion of training.

  1. Part I must be documented on CF-FSP Form 5154, Oct. 96, the Department's Introductory Child Care Training Course Certificate (Part I) and Part II must be documented on CF-FSP Form 5166, Oct. 96, the Department's Specialized Training Module Certificates (Part II), which are incorporated by reference.

  2. The original certificate of completion is the property of the individual and a copy of the certificate must be included in the child care personnel record and maintained at each facility.

(3) Exemptions from Part I of the Introductory Child Care Course.

(a) Child care personnel can be exempt from any of the four (4) introductory child care training modules by successfully completing module exemption tests with an eighty (80) percent or better score. Exemption tests will be offered by the training coordinating agency, or its designee.

(b) Training coordinating agencies shall exempt child care personnel with one of the following educational qualifications, from the Health, Safety and Nutrition module and the Child Growth and Development module:

  1. Two year degree or higher with 6 college credit hours in early childhood/child growth and development.

  2. Child Development Associate credential, state approved CDA equivalency course, or CDA Exemption Waiver certificate.

(4) Trainer Qualifications. Qualified child care professionals eligible to teach the introductory child care training course (Part I), the specialized training modules (Part II), and the 3-hour Fundamentals of Child Care training course, must meet the following qualifications:

(a) Be at least 21 years old.

(b) Complete the 6-hour child care trainer course developed by the department.

(c) Complete each of the training modules (Part I and Part II).

(d) Meet one of the following educational experiential credentials verified by the training coordinating agency;

  1. Four year college degree or higher with 6 college credit hours in early childhood/child growth and development, plus, 480 hours experience in a child care setting serving children ages birth through eight years of age or a teaching certificate.

  2. A.S. or A. A. degree in child development, plus 480 hours experience in a child care setting serving children ages birth through eight years of age.

  3. Associate degree with 6 college credit hours in early childhood/child growth and development, plus 960 hours experience in a child care setting serving children ages birth through eight years of age.

(5) Annual In-service Training.

(a) All child care facility personnel must complete a minimum of 8-clock-hours of in-service training annually during the state's fiscal year beginning July I and ending June 30.

(b) The annual 8-clock-hour in-service training must be completed in, one or more of the following areas:

  1. health and safety; including universal precautions;

  2. CPR/first aid;

  3. nutrition;

  4. child development--typical and atypical;

  5. child transportation and safety;

  6. behavior management;

  7. working with families;

  8. design and use of child oriented space;

  9. community, health and social service resources;

  10. child abuse;

  11. child care for multilingual children;

  12. working with children with disabilities in child care;

  13. owner or operator training program;

  14. playground safety; or

  15. other course areas relating to child care or child care management.

(c) Documentation of the in-service training must be recorded on CF-FSP Form 5130, Apr. 97, Child Care In-service Training Record, which is incorporated by reference, and included in the child care facilities' personnel records.

(6) Staff Credentials.

(a) Every licensed child care facility must have one member of its child care personnel for every 20 children with one of the following qualifications:

  1. National Child Development Associate Credential.

  2. Formal Educational Qualifications. Procedures for individuals with an associate level (2 year) degree or higher seeking the credentialing requirement are outlined on CF-FSP Form 5211, Apr. 97, Child Care Personnel Education/Employment History Verification Form, which is incorporated by reference.

  3. Graduate of a state approved CDA equivalency training program.

    a. Early Childhood Education Training Programs seeking equivalency to the CDA should submit a completed CF-FSP Form 5191, Apr. 97, Application for CDA Equivalency for Training Programs, which is incorporated by reference, to the department for approval.

    b. The criterion for programs wishing to be recognized as a state approved CDA equivalency is determined by the department and is outlined on the Application for CDA Equivalency for Training Programs.

  4. Employment History Recognition Exemption

    a. In addition to the requirements and time frames established in statute, employment history experience must include a minimum of 15 hours per week per year or 540 hours per year working with children in a licensed, registered or exempt child care program as defined in s. 402.301, F.S., or teaching experience in a public or private school.

    b. Documentation of employment history recognition must include notarized letters indicating previous employment or other forms of documentation such as W-2 forms, licensing records, or income tax return forms for each place of employment.

(b) Periods of Transition

  1. Child care personnel meeting the credentialing requirement in (a) l.--4. of this section must work at the facility during normal periods of time excluding opening, closing, nap time, lunch and free time. A credentialed person must be on-site a minimum of 20 hours per week.

  2. Children who are five years old and above when they are enrolled in and attending a kindergarten program or grades one and above are excluded from the calculation for purposes of determining the number of personnel necessary to meet the ratio.

(c) Verification of Education and Employment History

  1. Child care personnel seeking satisfaction of the credentialing requirement, in (a) I . --4. of this section, must submit all documentation to the child care owner or operator for whom they are presently employed. Child care owners or operators are responsible for completing, verifying and having notarized CF-FSP Form 5211, Apr. 97, Child Care Personnel Education and Employment History Verification Form. Child care owners or operators seeking satisfaction of the credentialing requirement must submit all documentation to their local training coordinating agency for processing.

  2. Upon receipt of the completed forms, the training coordinating agency will issue CF-FSP Form 5206, Sep. 97, Child Care Personnel Professional Development Confirmation Form, which is incorporated by reference, to the child care personnel, owner or operator who submitted the application.

  3. A copy of the Child Care Personnel Professional Development Confimmation Form must be maintained on-site at the facility, in the employee personnel file, for review by child care licensing staff. The original is the property of the child care personnel.

(d) Calculation of Number of Personnel Necessary

  1. Child care facilities with 19 or less children or which operate less than eight (8) hours per week are not subject to the credentialing requirement.

  2. For every 20 children, a child care facility must have one child care personnel who meets the credentialing requirement. Based on this formula, child care facilities with 20--39 children must have one credentialed staff member; facilities with 40--59 children must have 2 credentialed staff members, and so on.

3 Volunteers who meet the credentialing requirement will be included in calculating the credentialing ratio.

  1. The department will calculate the number of credentialed personnel required based on daily attendance.

  2. In addition to CF-FSP Form, 5206, Sep. 97, Child Care Personnel Professional Development Confirmation Form, child care facilities must have available written documentation of credentialed personnel's work schedules. Examples of written documentation are employee time sheets, personnel work schedules, and employment records.


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