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Program Overview

Child Care Center Management, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The Child Care Center Management certificate is designed for students who are interested in obtaining their DCF Director Credential. By completing this program, students will gain an understanding of operating and managing a child care center. They will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential upon completion of the program.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College Online

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math or language courses, if not exempt by state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. A student who does not achieve minimum scores will be required to take developmental educations classes in English, math, reading, and SLS 1501 the College Experience.


This program is Online Only.


  • Tuition: $1,239.84 (additional $120.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $40.00
  • Textbooks: $309.25


Credit Hours


Completion rate


JOB PLACEMENT RATE (includes continued education)

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries begin at $25.81 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities, including becoming a Child Care Center Director.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Happy House
  • House of Bread Preschool
  • O2B Kids

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be officially considered for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, submit an application to FGC, and take a placement exam if not exempt by the state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. Insufficient scores will require students to take appropriate developmental education courses and SLS 1501 The College Experience for 3 credits.  

Program Notes
  • This program may be started during the fall or spring semesters.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors
Program Guide & Syllabi

Child Care Professional Core Courses:

  • EEC 1001 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits 
  • CHD 1220 – Child Growth & Development: Infant & Preschool 3 credits 
  • EEC 2300 – Cognitive Experiences for Young Children 3 credits​ 
  • EEC 2002 – Operating Early Childhood Facility 3 credits 

These 12 hours cannot be a combination of 12 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate-seeking process.

By completing these courses, students will earn 12 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate skills in managing the financial and legal aspects of a childcare center.

Book List & Materials
  • CHD 1220 3 credits
    • No textbook required
  • EEC 1001 3 credits
    • Copple, C., Bredekamp, S., & Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2011). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of infants & toddlers. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.  
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (2006). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of children 3 to 6. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.  
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.). (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children from birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC. 
  • EEC 2002 3 credits
    • Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2017). Planning and administering early childhood programs (11th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
  • EEC 2300 3 credits
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive 2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.