Staff Credential/Renewal

Each applicant will be asked to send a Birth Through Five or School-Age Child Care Credential Renewal application plus copies of all required supporting documentation to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Tallahassee. DCF will review all applications and supporting documentation necessary to issue a renewal certification. Applicants should allow two to four weeks for processing.

Florida Department of Children and Families
Childcare Program Office - Credential Unit
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 6, Room 389A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

Recommended Renewal Courses for National CDA or CDAE

  • ARE 2002 - Art and Creative Expression
  • CHD 2330 - Early Literacy for Young Children
  • EEC 1000 - Child Growth and Development
  • EEC 1601 - Observing and Guiding Children's Behavior
  • EEC 2200 - Educational Practices in ECE
  • EEC 2262 - Curriculum Activities in ECE
  • EEC 2401 - Families and Communities
  • EEC 2702 - Infant Toddler Development
  • EEC 2732 - Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • EEX 2013 - Inclusion and Special Needs in ECE
  • MUE 2010 - Music and Movement

Please verify with the Early Childhood Education Department which college-credit courses may be applied toward your National CDA renewal. Vocational courses may not be applied toward renewal.

National CDA Renewal Requirements

Candidates hoping to renew their National CDA Council certificates must:

  • Hold a current Red Cross or other agency first aid certificate
  • Have at least 80 hours of recent work experience (within the past year) with young children
  • Present a letter of recommendation from an Early Childhood Education Professional regarding competence with young children
  • Hold membership (within the current year) in a national or local early childhood professional organization
  • Have completed at least one of the following:
    • One three-hour college-credit course in early childhood education or child development (contact the Early Childhood Education Department for a list of qualified renewal courses)
    • 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in early childhood education (the equivalent of 45 contact hours)

National CDA Council credentials must be renewed in three years from date of issue. After the initial renewal, credentials must be renewed every five years.

Note: The renewal fee is $50.

National CDA Renewal Packet Address Information

Council for Professional Recognition
P.O. Box 932270
Atlanta, GA 31193
Phone: 202.265.9090
Toll-free: 800.424.4310
Fax: 202.265.9161 

Note: For your renewal, please specify preschool, infant-toddler or family childcare.

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Early Childhood Education
Fax: 407.708.2350
Office: J-011, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus

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