We understand the importance of education for all ages, not just children. To promote the further education of teachers and other educational professionals to ensure the best possible care of all children, we offer child care training courses and classes.

Florida Child Care Introductory Mandated Training

With the sponsorship of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Child Care of Southwest Florida offers Florida Child Care Mandated Training for child care personnel and family child care home providers. The training program consists of 40 hours separated into two parts. All child care personnel must complete part 1 in total - 30 hours of courses. Then, they may choose between one 10-hour part 2 course or two five-hour part 2 courses. Finally, child care employees will need to complete and pass the competency exams. The mandated courses are offered online or by instructors in the classroom. Child care training is currently offered at our Fort Myers and Immokalee locations only, in English and Spanish.

Competency Exams

In addition to mandated training, we host competency exams at some of our center locations. All child care personnel, child center operators, as well as operators of large family child care homes are required to pass the competency exams. Child Care center personnel must pass the exams within 1 year after the date on which they began their initial child care training. Child care facilities will be held responsible for ensuring their staff successfully complete the necessary training and have passed the exams, within the required time frames. Competency exams are currently offered in the following locations:

  • Child Care of Southwest Florida: 6831 Palisades Park Ct., Ste 6 Fort Myers, FL 33912 

  • Collier Child Care Resources: 2050 Commerce Ave, Unit 1 Immokalee, FL 34142

  • Hodges University: 2655 Northbrook Dr. Naples, FL 34119

  • Early Learning Coalition: 2886 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33952

  • William Austen Youth Center: 315 SW 2nd Ave Cape Coral, FL 33931