Child Care

Level IV: Apprentice or Higher Education Coursework

A Level IV practitioner would be someone who has received their Apprentice certification or who has completed some college-level coursework. They may or may not be providing direct care and education to children.

Education and Training

  • High school diploma or GED,
  • Infant and child CPR certification (see glossary for definition), and First Aid training if working directly with children
  • Completion of:
         a)  Child care and early education apprenticeship training and certification.
              -or-
         b)  A minimum of 12 college credits in early childhood education, family relations (refer to glossary, Required Education Areas)

Professional Commitment

  • Experience:
         a)  At least two years of experience working with children in a state registered or licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program in the last six years;
              -or-
         b)  At least two years of experience promoting the development of other practitioners (i.e. professional roles such as program director, trainer, Head Start education
    coordinator, etc.).
  • Membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend a minimum of six hours of training at a regional, state or national professional development conference.
  • Demonstration of professional leadership is encouraged.

Renewal Requirements (every three years)

  • Maintain infant and child CPR certification and First Aid training, if working withchildren.
  • Completion of continuing education that positively contributes to ongoing professional development in the field of early childhood education or family relations.
  • Work directly with children in a state registered or licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program; or provide leadership and/or instruction that contributes to the development of other practitioners (i.e. roles such as program director, education coordinator, trainer, etc.).
  • Maintain membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend a minimum of six hours at a regional, state or national professional development conference.