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Higher
Education
Program

Earn While You Learn!

Through funding from the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties, Childcare Resources now provides incentives to those who are enrolled in the Higher Education Program and are actively seeking advancement in Early Childhood Education through June 30th, 2024.

Earn your Staff Credential (FCCPC or CDA)Director Credential, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree through the Higher Education Program. Renewal for Staff Credential and Director Credential also available!

  • Courses offered at convenient times for working teachers

  • Classes conducted in a supportive group environment

  • Classes held on the Childcare Resources campus in central Vero Beach

  • Tuition assistance is available through TEACH

Students of all educational backgrounds​ are welcome (requirements vary):

  • Dual enrollment

  • Vocational student

  • College student

  • Current early educator

  • FCCPC/CDA renewal

Courses are offered through a collaboration with accredited colleges across Florida.

To apply:

  1. Complete preliminary application for the higher education program, linked below.

  2. Complete enrollment through college or university.

  3. Complete enrollment in TEACH, if applicable.

Programs Offered

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Staff Credential

Earn your FCCPC through classes at Indian River State College.

Courses include

  • Introduction to Child Development (CHD1220)

  • Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum (EEC1202)

  • Creative Experiences for Children (CHD1332)

  • Practicum in CDA Assessment (EEC1946)

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Director's Credential

In partnership with Indian River State College, you can take Administering a Child Care Center (CHD2800), and learn about:

  • Licensing Requirements

  • Budgeting Fundamentals

  • Equipping, staffing, and managing your center

Applicants must have a current FCCPC or CDA staff credential.

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Associate's Degree

In partnership with Indian River State College, earn your A.S. in Early Childhood Education.

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Bachelor's Degree

In partnership with Florida Gateway College,  earn your B.S. in Early Childhood Education.

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Bachelor's Degree

In partnership with State College of Florida,  earn your B.S. in Early Childhood Education.

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Master's Degree

In partnership with the University of North Florida, earn your M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration: Early Childhood Education Leadership

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