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Early Childhood Education Careers

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What children learn in the first few years of life sets the foundation for all later learning. In a typical day, early childhood teachers may use storytelling, rhyming games, puppets, music and dance. Teachers who work with young children develop lesson plans and prepare and maintain the learning environment of young children. Helping children learn and gain new skills makes this career very rewarding. Teachers must be alert and provide firm but fair discipline to the children in their care. Children learn by play and by doing, so early childhood teachers create activities that motivate children to learn more.

The Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), and the Director's Credential are important workforce certificates in the Early Childhood Education profession. EFSC offers the approved training courses as per the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). The FCCPC training requires four college courses and 480 hours of experience. A person who has an FCCPC is qualified as a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Teacher.

Background Security Screening is a DCF requirement for working and obtaining a license in the career field.  If you are interested in working in early childhood education you should view DCF's background screening requirements. This is to include misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions.

Career Options: Preschool Teacher, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Teacher Assistant, Preschool Director, Owner of a Child Care Center, Child Care Worker

Estimated Median Wages:$10.12/hour for Preschool Teacher, $13.72 for Preschool Education Administrator; $12.31/hour for Preschool Director and $7.96/hour for Child Care Worker
[Regional wage information for Brevard, Orange, Volusia, Seminole and Indian River counties as per www.economicmodeling.com

For more information about the nature of work and the national job outlook for Early Childhood Teachers, go to the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh.

Professional Resources for Early Childhood Education:

The 40 clock-hour training certificate per the Florida Department of Children and Families is online and offered by DCF.  

The Early Learning Coalition of Brevard offers support to parents and child care providers.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is the regulating agency for child care centers and educators.