It’s a Great Time to Become an Early Childhood Educator!

The ELCPH has partnered with Pasco County Schools to provide early educators an opportunity to obtain their Florida Equivalency CDA. We are committed to supporting the Pasco County Early Childhood Credential Programs to increase our Early Childhood Workforce, providing our Early Learning Centers Quality Trained Teachers.

Pasco County Schools offers 2 different options.

Option 1

Early Childhood Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship programs meet once a week for classroom instruction, combined with on-the-job training and support. Students receive a Child Care Apprenticeship Certification and Child Development Associate Equivalency upon completion of the program’s components. The Program is tuition Free, and Materials and textbook are provided by the ELCPH. This program is open to applicants who are currently 17 years of age, employed in a childcare center, and possess a high school diploma or GED. This opportunity is offered at Marchman Technical College and Wesley Chapel High school. See the links below for registration.

*Marchman Technical College Registration: Early Childhood Education – APPR | Marchman Technical College (

*Wesley Chapel High: Adult Education Registration: Child Care Apprenticeship | Pasco Adult Education @Wesley Chapel

Option 2

Early Childhood – 600-hour program

The Early Childhood 600 Hour program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the childcare industry. Students will complete their First Aid & CPR Training, along with their DCF Requirements, to meet the Florida Staff Credential Requirements and obtain their Early Childhood Professional Certification (CDA Equivalency). As per the ELCPH this program is tuition free! To qualify for this program, students must be a minimum of 17 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, and pass the required Background check.

*Schedule your tour today at: FKMTC 2022 2023 Admission Inquiry (

For more information contact:

Samantha Dominguez
727-233-8291 Ext. 125