Vital Information
Academy of Children's and Educational Studies
2800 Hornet Drive
Haines City, FL  33844

Lead Teacher:  Angelica Marin
Phone:  (863) 421-3281
Fax:  (863) 421-3283

Areas of Interest:  Early Childhood Education


Student Focus
Victoria Perkins

Victoria Perkins

I have wanted to be a kindergarten teacher ever since I was in kindergarten. When I heard about the Academy of Children's and Educational Studies, I knew immediately that this academy is where I belonged. I learned about what ACES had to offer, such as earning college credit and experience working with children, and I knew I was ready to become a part of this academy.

I believe being a member of the ACES academy is a better choice than the traditional high school path. I am in small sized classes and have had the opportunity to become close to the teachers and other ACES students. I am creating lifelong relationships. The academy has allowed me to become aware of many career choices and has helped me grow to become a better parent, role model and leader.

ACES Overview

What is the Early Childhood Education Program and how does it lead to the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)?

Every child within a child care setting deserves the best trained teacher possible. Through a student’s commitment to complete the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and earn the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), students will have the opportunity to touch the lives of young children and begin the journey to becoming the best teacher possible.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a 4 course program which includes the required training for entry level workers leading to the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC). The Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) enables the student to apply for the Staff Credential from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) which will enable to student to work in a child care facility.

The Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) is based upon the eight child care 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
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior including an understanding of screening and assessment
  8. Principles of child growth and development

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a 4 course program which includes the required training for entry level workers leading to the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC).

Students who participate in the Early Childhood Education Program will be able to  complete all of the following:

  • DCF state mandated courses: State and Local Rules and Regulations (6 hours); Health, Safety, "&" Nutrition (8 hours); Identifying "&" Reporting Child Abuse "&" Neglect (4 hours); Child Growth "&" Development (6 hours); Behavioral Observation "&" Screening (6 hours); Preschool Appropriate Practices (10 hours); and 5-clock hours of DCF approved literacy training.
  • 480 hours of direct work with children 5 years of age or younger
  • minimum of one formal observation by a qualified observer
  • completion of a Professional Portfolio
  • demonstration of competency in the eight child care content areas above