A Staff Credential is an official designation that means an individual's professional education meets or exceeds the professional criteria set by the Department of Children and Families. There are several ways to obtain professional education in the field of child care. Individuals can attend community college or university programs, can seek a National Early Childhood Credential, or can attend a state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential program in order to achieve higher education in child development. A Staff Credential is obtained by submitting copies of transcripts or a program certificate to the credential unit of the Department of Children and Families. If an individuals' professional education meets the criteria, a Staff Credential Verification (Form CF-FSP 5206) is issued.
For more information visit the Department of Children and Families website.
There are two ways a Staff Credential can be obtained at Seminole State:
The following is the procedure candidates must follow through the online Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Program:
The ECPC is awarded by the Department of Education. The candidate will still be eligible to receive a National CDA if he or she wishes to apply to the National CDA Council. Note: ECPC credentials must be renewed every five years. Credentials granted by the National CDA Council must be renewed initially after three years, then renewed every five years after that.
This program includes four college-credit courses.
For more information about the National CDA Council, contact:
The Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition
2460 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 2009-3575
Enrolling in a CDA credential program is just a phone call or email away.
If you would like to apply to the College during your appointment, bring two forms of identification. Proof of residency is required for in-state tuition rates.
Licensed child care centers are required by law to have at least one CDA-credentialed teacher per 20 children. They are also required to have a CDA-qualified staff member with a Director's Credential on premises during most operating hours.
Staff Credential Verification, formerly known as a Child Development Associate (CDA) Waiver, can exempt you from the CDA program requirements.
If you have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree or higher in any field, you qualify for this program.
You also must be able to document 480 hours experience working with children ages 0-8 in a child care setting.
If you have a degree in early childhood education, or if you have completed the required coursework and experience hours, you can download the Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application from the Department of Children and Families website.
Child Care Training Services Center
2807 Remington Green Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Please note: Only hours spent in a child care setting will count toward the experience requirement. Elementary school experience will not count, unless it is earned with preschool-aged children.