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Florida has a county-based QRIS, with three separate and distinct models each with varying standards. The Florida director credential is required in each QRIS, as well as the state pre-K program. The director credential is competency-based and is required in child care licensing standards. There are no early childhood leadership academies; however, four early childhood leadership degree programs are available. There are 63 elementary principal degree programs offered.

Interesting Facts: Florida

  • Florida Director Credential is required in child care licensing requirements, QRIS models, and state pre-K administrator requirements.

  • The state early childhood workforce registry meets the National Workforce Registry Alliance PER guidelines.

  • Child care directors’ average salary ($47,610) is about one-half of elementary principals’ compensation ($89,424).