Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

George H. Sheldon

November 19, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Child Care Program Receives International Accreditation for
Adult Training and Education

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has given its highest honor to the Department of Children and Families’ adult training and education courses. These courses train child care personnel with many tools to create a safe, healthy and positive learning environment.

"Child care workers have an incredibly important job nurturing our children while parents are at work, away or otherwise unavailable," said DCF Secretary George Sheldon. "The department remains committed to providing the highest quality of training for those who help children learn and grow throughout their childhood. We are pleased to earn this high distinction and look forward to continuing to build a strong training and education program."

IACET is an internationally recognized standard of excellence in continuing education that has a large body of academic institutions and corporate providers of adult education and training as authorized providers. The accreditation validates an organization’s ability to adhere to 10 criteria when carrying out training and education programs. These include needs assessment, learning outcomes, instructional methodology and evaluation.

"We are pleased to welcome DCF as our newest Authorized Provider organization,” said Karen Brown, President of IACET and Senior HR Manager of Nuclear Power at Shaw Group in Massachusetts. “DCF joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met."

In order to achieve Authorized Provider status, DCF completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. The period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

For more information about DCF’s child care program, please visit To learn more about IACET, please visit or call 703-506-3275.