How do I earn a Florida Director Credential?

How do I earn a Florida Director Credential?

According to the Florida Director Credential Application, applicants must complete an “Overview of Child Care Management Course” or a Director Credential issued by another state, subject to approval by the Florida Child Care Director Credential Program and meets the core requirements.

NICCM’s National Administrative Credential (NAC) is approved by Florida to meets the requirement as well as also earning the participant a National Director Credential. The National Administrative Credential is offered though live 3 day local events or through the NICCM Distance Learning Program on DVD.

State of Florida Director Credential CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  2. 30 Hour Part I Department of Children and Families’ Introductory Child Care Training SCHOOL-AGE APPLICANTS may substitute training for Child Growth and Development and 
Behavioral Observation and Screening pursuant to 65C-22.008(4)(c)5., F.A.C.)
  3. At least eight hours of in-service training regarding children with disabilities. The Department of 
Children and Families’ Special Needs Appropriate Practice course will meet this requirement.
  4. Active Staff Credential Verification (CF-FSP 5206), excluding Employment History Recognition 


Florida Department of Children & Families - Florida Child Care Director Credential and Renewal Application


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HandPrint Products

HandPrint Products  was formed by Bradley Smith to handle his growing line of products that had been created as a support Director's and Teachers in the Early Childhood Education field. Currently HandPrint Products has a child care training video(DVD) series consisting of 50 titles, a policy and procedure system consisting of 7 manuals, books and other products including his top selling “101 Learning and Transition Activities” book.

Consulting Services

During the past decade, Bradley Smith has lead HandPrint Productions to become the leader in consulting of childcare business practices.  This includes: fiscal management, enrollment management, marketing, human resource, small business issues, and leadership.  In addition, the services include help with specific issues concerning handling sensitive issues to avoid fall-out or minimize the likelihood of litigation.  Currently, consulting services are available including: on demand, monthly access, 30 day, long distance, on-site, and extended services.  In addition, career and business coaching and mentoring services are also available.  Contact us for more information or to schedule a consult.  We guarantee your satisfaction!