The 1985 Florida Legislature passed a law which required the Department of Children and
Families to develop an Introductory Child Care Training for child care personnel to complete, in
addition to the annual inservice training requirement. During the 1991 Legislative session, the
law increased the Introductory Child Care Training requirement from 20 to 30 hours. During the
1999 Legislative session the law increased the Introductory Child Care Training requirement from
30 to 40 hours.
PART I of the mandated introductory child care training requirement for child care facility
personnel is composed of the following five training modules:
I. State and Local Rules and Regulations;
II. Health, Safety, and Nutrition;
III. Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect;
IV. Child Growth & Development;
V. Behavioral Observation and Screening.
PART II of the mandated, introductory child care training requirement for child care facility
personnel includes a selection of one of the following specialized training modules:
A. Infant and Toddler Appropriate Practices.
B. Pre-School Appropriate Practices.
C. School-Age Appropriate Practices.
D. Special Needs Appropriate Practices.
It is recommended that child care facility personnel attend training in the specialized area in which
they work; however, they may attend any or all of the modules. It is also recommended that
these specialized training areas be taken to meet the 10 hour inservice training requirement.
The completion of both Part I and Part II satisfies the 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training
requirement established by law.
Certificates of Completion:
Training certificates are issued or training transcripts are updated by the child care
training coordinating agency to document successful completion of the Introductory Child
Copies of training certificates issued or updated training transcripts for child care
personnel must be maintained in the individuals file at the child care facility.
Within 90 days of employment, child care facility personnel must begin training to meet
the 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training requirement. Training must be completed
(Part I and Part II) within 1 year of the date on which the training began as evidenced by
passage of a competency examination.
Child care personnel hired on or after October 1, 1992, must complete Part I and Part II
of the 40-clock-hour Introductory Child Care Training.
Child care personnel hired prior to October 1, 1992, must complete Part I of the 40-clock-hour
Introductory Child Care Training and not Part II unless they change employment.
For specific times, dates and locations of training, please contact your local Training
Coordinating Agency or visit our website at www.myflorida.com/childcare/training.
Costs: Fees vary among training sites. Please Contact your local training Child Care
Coordinating Agency for more information or visit our website.
NOTE: Competency Examinations for Child Care Training begins January 1,
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