Family Child Care

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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Certificate of Achievement
Program Information
This program prepares students to operate early care and education programs within their own homes. The courses listed exceed the course requirements for the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Students may wish to learn more about specific age groups by enrolling in additional courses focusing on different ages.

Career Opportunities
Students completing this certificate will have the required units to open and operate a family child care business in their homes. Community Care Licensing requires additional background checks, home inspection, etc. before a provider may become licensed. These courses are also acceptable for work in licensed centers and count toward the Child Development Permit.

Enrollment Eligibility
To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • ability to pass the Criminal Record Clearance or receive an exemption proving eligibility to work with children
  • test negative for tuberculosis

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • research the feasibility of opening a family child care business in their home.
  • design the policy and regulations for their family child care home.
  • organize and plan a developmentally appropriate program for the children attending the family child care home.
  • operate within the regulations of the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing for their family child care home.
  • explain and describe to their potential clients the learning outcomes for the children attending their family child care home.
  • supervise and guide assistants.

Certificate of Achievement
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of all
courses in the required program with grades of “C” or better in all
courses or equivalent.