Provider Training
Childcare Accreditation
T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships
Contracted Programs
VPK Provider Participation
Inclusion of Special Needs Children in Child Care Settings
Other Key Contacts and Resources

The Child Care Association offers resources to existing child care providers as well as individuals that would like to become child care providers. Information and resources are provided on receiving center accreditation, training certifications and programs that provide financial assistance to child care providers. For more information about any of the programs listed, contact the Child Care Association.

Provider Training
The Child Care Association offers a wide variety of training programs for child care providers and those individuals interested in becoming a child care professional.  Courses include all State-mandated training, the Child Development Associate (CDA) Equivalency, Directors Credential and a wide range of continuing education courses.  For more information, visit the Training page for a complete listing of current training offerings, or contact the Training Department at 637-7769.  

For information from the DCF Child Care Training Information Center, call toll-free 888-352-2842, or visit their website at .

Training Update:  As of June 30, 2005, all individuals working in a child care facility with a Florida CDAE or National CDA must complete the renewal process every 5 years to maintain an active credential.  For more information or to download a CDAE Renewal Application, click here.

Beginning July 1, 2005, the DCF Child Care Training Information Center (CCTIC) was launched. A team of CCTIC Specialists are available Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm to answer questions about state-mandated training, educational exemptions and staff training requirements (CDA, CDAE, Director's Credentials, VPK, etc.).  CCTIC is also responsible for processing staff credential verifications and updating/creating training transcripts.  CCTIC may be reached at:

Establishing a Child Care Business
The Child Care Association can provide you with complete information on establishing a child care center or opening a child care business in your home.  For more information, contact the Resource and Referral Department at 634-3500.

Child Care Center Accreditation
Formal accreditation distinguishes quality child care programs that meet the highest standards of service and care in their facilities.   Accreditation is a rigorous process of validation and documentation, and the Child Care Association wants to help providers achieve this important distinction.  For information and assistance, contact the Education Department at 634-3520.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships
The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood Scholarship Program provides scholarships for early childhood caregivers and center directors to work toward earning an AS degree in Child Development and Education, a Child Development Association (CDA) credential or a CDA equivalency. The Program involves a partnership for the sharing of expenses by the caregiver receiving the scholarship, the sponsoring child care center or family child care home, and the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program.  For more information contact the Human Resource Department at 634-3500. 

Contracted Provider Programs
The Child Care Association contracts with many child care providers throughout the county to ensure that early childhood services and Child Food Programs are available to eligible children throughout Brevard County.  For more information about contracting services through the Child Care Association, contact the Family Resources Department at 634-3500.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program Participation by Providers
The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program, which launched in August 2005, provides a high quality, developmentally appropriate educational experience to 4-year olds, giving them the foundation for future learning.   VPK providers must be licensed child care centers, licensed family day care homes, licensed faith-based preschool programs or public schools.  Eligible private providers must have a Director's Credential.  Each provider must also:  be accredited by an accrediting association that is a member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation or the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools; hold a Gold Seal Quality Care designation; or be a licensed provider able to demonstrate that they meet the program requirements.  All providers must provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets requirements established by the State.  

In June 2005, the State Board of Education approved educational credentials for VPK instructors which were equivalent to or greater than those originally outlined.  The approved degrees include:

●  Associate's Degrees in Early Childhood Education
●  Bachelor's (or Higher) Degrees in:

  • Exceptional Student Education

  • Special Education

  • Mental Disabilities

  • Specific Learning Disabilities

  • Physically Impaired

  • Varying Exceptionalities

  • Hearing Impaired

  • Speech-Language Pathology

Updated policies and procedures are incorporated in Chapter 65C-22 of the Florida Administrative Code.  For more information about becoming a VPK provider, contact the Family Resources Department at 634-3500 or write to [email protected].

Inclusion of Special Needs Children in Child Care Settings
Our state, our community and our Agency are committed to ensuring access, availability and quality of child care services to families with children with disabilities or special health care needs.  Several resources are available to local child care providers to assist them in understanding how inclusion benefits all children in their care, what they can do to assist children with special needs, and how compliance with the American Disabilities Act can be incorporated in day-to-day operations at their facilities. 

For training on inclusive child care environments and other topics related to care of special needs children, consult our Training Schedule.  For more information, call the  Statewide Inclusion Warm-Line (toll-free) at 1-866-357-3239.  To access the statewide Central Directory/FDLRS toll-free line call 1-800-654-4440 for information on child screenings and evaluations.

Other Key Contacts and Resources for Local Child Care Providers
Agency for Workforce Innovation - Office of Early Learning
Brevard County Child Care Licensing and Regulation - Environmental Health Services
Child Care Licensing - Department of Children & Families
Child Care Resource & Referral Network
Early Learning Coalition of Brevard County
Florida Administrative Code
Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program
National Association For The Education Of Young Children

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