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 provide the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Introductory Child Care Training classes and competency exams.

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 courses are offered online or instructor-led. Child Care of Southwest Florida oversees and coordinates the training only in the following counties:

  • Charlotte
  • Collier
  • Glades
  • Hendry
  • Lee

For more information regarding training requirements, staff credential, director's credential, course enrollment, transcripts, and competency exams in the State of Florida go to the Department of Children and Families website:  www.myflorida.com/childcare

For information of training in other counties in the State of Florida click here.

* Online Courses are offered in the DCF website www.myflorida.com/childcare

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Competency Exams

In addition to mandated training, we administer the competency exams. All child care personnel, child care center operators, as well as operators of 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. We coordinate the competency exams in the following locations:

  • Child Care of Southwest Florida: 6831 Palisades Park Ct., Ste 6, Fort Myers, FL 33912
  • Eagle Lakes Community Park: 11565 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, FL 34113
  • Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland: 2886 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
  • RCMA Krome Child Development Center: 551 W Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935

For information on how to schedule exams go to: www.myflorida.com/childcare

Special Accommodations Request

If you need to request special accommodations because of a disability in order to participate in the child care training program in the areas that we served, contact CCSWFL at least two weeks prior to the first training date at (239) 278-0160 Monday -Friday between the hours of 8:00 am -4:30 pm.

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Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Directors Endorsement Course

The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation has developed an endorsement for the Florida Director Credential. The Goal of this course is to assist programs in implementing trauma-informed care for families they served. For participants who have the credential and complete both the online Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Professionals and this course, the Director Credential will automatically show the endorsement.

Participants can use this course towards meeting the renewal requirements for the Director Credential. With successful completion of the CEU assessment, 4.0 CEUs are available. Additionally, successful completion of the course will meet the professional contribution requirement. The online course has 0.5 CEUs available for participants, which if combined with the 4.0 CEUs from this course, will fulfill renewal training requirement of 4.5 CEUs.

The Instructor-led course will give students 40 clock hours of credit, which includes:
• 15 hours in class time (5 sessions)
• 20 hours of observation
• 5 hours of out of class assignments/reading

In order to successfully complete this course, participants must attend all the course sessions and actively participate in class discussions and activities.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships are available www.teach-fl.org (6-8 weeks to process before starting the course). Participants can apply for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship to renew credentials as early as 20 months before the expiration date. Scholarship should be used within the 18 months prior to the expiration date.

Providers Meeting 2019

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