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Florida & Lillio Academy

Can I use Lillio Academy for PD hours in Florida?

Yes! Lillio Academy has IACET accreditation, our courses are accepted by the Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development System.  

Please Note: All Webinars and Lillio Basic Courses must NOT be submitted to your registry. They do not meet specific learning requirements for the state and will not be accepted if submitted

Sign up for Lillio Academy to complete your professional development hours at your convenience! You can work at your own pace from wherever you want. Once you complete a course, you can download your certificate!

Florida Childcare Training Requirements:

Registered early child care professionals in Florida must complete a minimum of 10 hours or 1.0 CEU of training during the state’s fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Florida training is based on the 6 content areas listed below:

  1. Planning a safe, healthy, supportive, and respectful learning environment. 

  2. Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development (including literacy). 

  3. Positive ways to support and promote children’s social and emotional development. 

  4. Strategies to establish productive, positive relationships with families. 

  5. Strategies to manage effective program operations. 

  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism.

Click here to learn more about the courses Lillio Academy offers covering required training topics!  

Can I receive a Florida staff credential through Lillio Academy? 

In Florida, at least one caregiver for every 20 children must have a staff credential. To qualify for a staff credential, a childcare professional must have one of the following:

The Birth Through Five Care Credential is supported by receiving the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), the Florida Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), or the Florida Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC) as indicated by Sections 65C-22.001(6) and 65C-20.008(6), Florida Administrative Code. The FCCPC is a department-approved training program requiring 120 hours of early childhood instruction and 480 contact hours with children from birth to 8 years. The training requirements are directly tied to the Council of Professional Recognition and considered an equivalent to CDA, meaning that the same courses (120 Hours) approved for CDA can be used. The training program must be recognized by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Lillio Academy is a DSF-approved training organization, so courses completed within the platform can be used towards receiving a staff credential.  

Is there available funding for Lillio Academy?

The T.E.A.C.H (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood Scholarship Program is available to Florida residents currently employed at a licensed/registered early learning program and looking to enhance their skills by pursuing professional development. The scholarship can cover up to 80% of professional development costs for eligible applicants. See here for a full breakdown of available funding and requirements. 

The Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Program, authorized by Congress through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is designed to support childcare providers in making strategic investments in their employees and programs. Section 5.1 states that providers that receive funds can use them towards "training/professional development related to health and safety practices." Eligible providers must be licensed, registered, or regulated by the DFS, complete a Child Care Resource and Referral profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal, and submit an IRS Form W-9. Providers with a Gold Seal accreditation are eligible for an additional bonus of 20% of the base subgrant. See here for a full breakdown of available funding and requirements.

Opening a facility or beginning work in the childcare field:

If you are interested in opening a child care program or working in the child care field, please contact your state licensing agency for your state's specific requirements, rules and regulations. Florida licensing website can be found here.

Last Updated: May 2024

Though Lillio attempts to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, educators are individually responsible for understanding the submission and approval process of all professional development and licensing work in their state.

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