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									                           ECPC - National CDA - FCCPC Comparison Chart

                ECPC                                      National CDA*                                        FCCPC**
Early Childhood Professional Certificate       National Child Development Associate                Florida Child Care Professional
                                                                                                              Credential
Issued by the Florida Department of           Issued by the Council for Professional           Issued by the Florida Department of
Education Early Childhood Education           Recognition, Washington, DC                      Children and Families
programs
120 hours of classroom instruction            120 hours of child care education within         120 hours of classroom instruction
(includes DCF mandated training Part I and    the last five years (may or may not include      (cannot include DCF mandated training)
Part II - Preschool Appropriate Practices     DCF mandated training)
course)
480 hours of documented direct work with      480 hours of experience working with             480 hours working with children in an
children which must occur while enrolled in   children within the last five years              early childhood setting in the last five
the Early Childhood Education program                                                          years. A minimum of 80 of the 480 hours
                                                                                               must be completed while attending the
                                                                                               training program.
Professional Resource File                    Professional Resource File                       Early Childhood Portfolio
Formal Observation                            Formal Observation                               Formal observation
High School Diploma or GED                    High School Diploma or GED*                      High School Diploma or GED
Age 18                                        Age 18                                           Age 18
                                              *Refer to http://www.cdacouncil.org for
                                              additional information
Six competency exams administered by          One 2-hour exam administered by Council
DCF (DCF proctors usually administer          representative during their Verification Visit
exams at high school sites)
Complete five hours of literacy training
(must be DCF approved). Online Literacy
training course is usually selected.




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Specialization:                                  Specialization areas available:                 Specialization areas available:
Preschool (facility based)                       -Center Based – Preschool; Infant/Toddler       -Facility based Infant/Toddler; Preschool;
                                                 -Family Child Care                              Birth through Five
                                                 -Home Visitor                                   -Family Child Care Home
                                                 Parent Opinion Questionnaires
                                                 Oral interview by Council representative
                                                 during Verification Visit
Cost for High School students –                  Cost - $325 plus $18 for application            Cost varies – dependent on training
approximately $30 (all DCF exams) + $10          packet, $5 shipping – total $348                provider
for online literacy course – total $40.          Plus cost of training established by
Cost for PSAV student varies – dependent         provider
on school/institution providing instruction
Valid in Florida (no formal reciprocity          Valid in the U.S. (likely that states would     Valid in Florida (but may be accepted in
agreements with other states but                 require additional specific training on the     other states on a case by case basis)
evaluation in other states would be on a         unique rules and regulations, etc. of each
case by case basis)                              state)
Qualifies student for the Staff Credential       Qualifies individual for the Staff Credential   Qualifies student for the Staff Credential
from DCF (every licensed child care facility     from DCF IF courses in                          from DCF (every licensed child care
must have one member of its child care           1) Child Care Facility Rules and                facility must have one member of its child
personnel present with a verified staff          Regulations and 2) Identifying and              care personnel present with a verified
credential for every 20 children)                Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect are           staff credential for every 20 children)
                                                 completed and individual passes
                                                 competency exams on those courses AND
                                                 completion of DCF approved literacy
                                                 course
Minimum requirement for Voluntary                Minimum requirement for Voluntary PreK          Minimum requirement for Voluntary
PreKindergarten instructor* (school year         instructor upon completion of emergent          PreKindergarten instructor (school year
program)                                         literacy course (school year program)           program)
Must take VPK Emergent Literacy course                                                           Must take VPK Emergent Literacy course
Must be renewed every five years                 Must be renewed three years after initial       Must be renewed every five years
                                                 award date and in five year increments
                                                 after that




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*Additional information may be found at http://www.cdacouncil.org.

**Additional information may be found at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare/about.shtml.




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