Department of Children and Families In-Service Courses Online (with CEUs)

ALL child care personnel who have successfully completed the Introductory Child Care Training are required to complete a minimum of 10-clock hours of in-service training annually during the State's fiscal year beginning in July 1 and ending June 30.
Family Child Care home providers must complete 10 hours of annual in-service training during the family child care home's registration/licensure year.   

What are CEUs?

Continuing Education Units.

Who needs CEUs?

Directors and Staff with CDA or FCCPC that need to renew their credentials.

How can I earn CEUs?

Through a variety of ways. Some are: DCF courses online or instructor-led (only if not previously taken, 100% attendance, and with passage of the free online CEU assessment which is accessible through the DCF training portal), Conferences, Seminars, etc.

Are the CEUs assessment online the same as the DCF competency exams?

NO. The online assessment is for CEUs only. The competency exams (in person and by appointment) are to comply with the mandated training requirements for licensure.

New DCF Online Courses

The Department of Children and Families offers courses for individuals who are looking to complete their in-service hours. These and more in-service courses are available online through the DCF website. The cost of each course is $10 and there is no extra charge for the CEUs assessment.


openhOpening a Family Child Care Home Program (OPENH) (3-hours) FREE

The goal of this course is to provide individuals with an overview of opening a family child care home program in Florida. During this course, participants will be able to describe the responsibilities of a family child care provider, analyze the need for a family child care home in your area and what services are needed, establish goals and a guiding philosophy for your family child care home, identify the operational requirements of opening a family child care home, develop finance and budget management plans for the program, and identify elements of program structure that need to be developed.

SLSASupporting Literacy in School-Age Programs (SLSA) (5-hours)

The goal of this course is to prepare out-of-school time (OST) practitioners to foster the development of reading and writing in school-age children, and to identify and address risk factors for delays in literacy in order to mitigate or prevent future illiteracy.


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Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Professionals (TICC) (5-hours)

This course provides child care professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to handle the impacts of traumatic events on the children and families they serve. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to explain how protective factors help children recover from trauma, identify the developmental indicators of traumatic stress, and describe trauma-informed care and its impact on child care professionals.



AMAPAchieving and Maintaining Quality in Afterschool Programs (AMAP) (12-hours)

The goal of this course is to provide child care professionals who work in afterschool programs with the tools they need to assess their program and plan for continual improvement to achieve quality.





Safe Sleep Practices for Child Care (SAFE) (1-hour)

The goal of this course is to ensure that caregivers are familiar with, and properly use, safe sleep-related practices. In this course participants will be able to recognize the consequences of unsafe sleep-related practices, identify safe sleep-related practices used in a sleeping environment, explain The Safe Sleep Campaign, identify several resources that can be used, and develop a plans to share resources with parents and others.


water_safety_young_children_tips.jpgWater Safety in Child Care Programs (WSCC) (2-hours)

This course provides information to help child care programs improve water safety practices to protect children in their care. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to explain how drowning occurs, summarize water safety rules and regulations, and identify the best practices for protecting children.



find-a-mentor-be-a-mentor_260x141.jpgMentoring 101 for Child Care Professionals (MENT) (1-hour)

Mentoring is a relationship-based professional development method to assist new and experienced early childhood educators. Mentoring provides an individualized approach to meet the needs of professionals. During this course, participants will be provided the basics of effective mentor programs, tools to begin setting up a program, and resources to assist in the implementation.


0205d.jpgTips for Selecting the Right Staff (TIPS) (1-hour)

The purpose of this course is to help supervisors select the right the person during the hiring process. This course will include information on reviewing and analyzing resumes, interviewing, and making the selection. It will also discuss new hire orientation, which is important to ensure the new hire is prepared to join the program.


Performance ReviewsPerformance Reviews: A Tool for Professional Development (PRPD) (1-hour)

Performance reviews should be used as a tool to assist child care professionals in their career growth. This course will discuss what information should be included in performance reviews and strategies for collecting it. The course will also include information on how to share the results of the performance review as well as follow-up with staff so they can create professional development plans.


For a printable list of all the Online Courses available in the Department of Children and Families website click here

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