ChildCare Education Institute | Evaluated Learning Experience
Florida Director Credential Renewal Certificate
Varies (self-study, self-paced).
December 2023 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify key considerations for developing a child care center philosophy and mission and vision statements; recognize elements of a developmentally appropriate classroom and effective curriculum practices; identify practices that ensure safe and healthy food service and promote healthy eating habits in young children; identify common hazards throughout the school facility and strategies for maintaining a safe and healthy environment; recognize leadership practices that promote efficiency, teamwork, collaboration and effective communication; identify strategies, requirements and best practices for hiring, training, and retaining employees; identify effective communication strategies with employees and families; identify elements of leadership that build employee morale, promote continuous quality improvement, and prevent turnover; identify recommended safe practices and policies for responding to various types of disasters and security threats; identify and analyze center procedures for developing risk management policies and training employees; identify best practices pertaining to social media and technology use in a child care environment; identify strategies for responding to challenging behaviors in the child care environment; identify various forms of child advocacy; recognize recommended strategies for building relationships with families and promoting family involvement; identify regulations and legal requirements that relate to operating a child care center; and use key elements of child care center management.
This course is taught in an online module format consisting of ongoing and cumulative objective-based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activity, and observations/reflections. Students receive ongoing monitoring and feedback from personal Education Coaches throughout the process. The program focuses on the core areas of competency required to manage a childcare center.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education Administration/Leadership (12/23). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for completion of renewal/refresher course.