Child Care Apprenticeship

  • ECE Apprent 2

    Child Care Training Programs

    Mission: The mission of this program is to provide comprehensive training for early childhood teachers that will certify them as Child Care Development Specialists.

    Program Flyers:  English | Spanish  

    Length: 1 Year

    Description: Students may receive credit for experiential learning for up to one year. Apprentices learn the laws and rules that govern the state and local community in which they are employed; how to plan and establish a safe, clean and healthy learning environment; skills in observation and recording methods; communication skills; how to recognize developmentally appropriate practices and guidance techniques; professionalism, how to identify community needs and resources; and how to take an active role as part of the child care center staff.

    Click Program Schedule for information about programs, upcoming class schedules, and start dates.

    Distance Education: Pinellas Technical College also offers the Child Care Apprenticeship program in an online format. The online program is exactly like the traditional onsite program with one exception; the 144 hours of academic theory is delivered via computer as opposed to having face-to-face classroom instruction. Students with proficient computer skills may opt for enrollment into the online apprenticeship program. On-the-job training of 2000 hours is a requirement with a Child Care Coordinator visiting students periodically throughout the length of the program.

    Articulation Agreement(s):

    • Statewide Early Childhood Education, A.A.S./A.S. Degree
    • Statewide Industry Certification - Child Development Associate to Early Childhood Education, A.A.S./A.S. Degree 

    Industry Certification(s): Child Care Development Specialist

    Contact Information:
    Victoria Cribb | St. Peterburg
    (727) 893-2500, extension 2381
    Cell – 727-638-2069 

    Dr. Tameka Rodney | St. Peterburg
    (727) 893-2500, extension 2340
    Cell – 727-554-2157
    Ana Cabezas | Clearwater & Pinellas High Innovation (Clearwater Campus)
    (727) 538-7167, extension 2043
    Cell – 727-641-1276


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    * Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.