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

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 Rollason Center: 402 W Main Street, Immokalee, FL 34142
  • 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.

Special Accommodations Request Form

Current Schedules

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

Register for Courses

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


Providers Meeting 2019

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