Child Care

Level VI: Baccalaureate Degree

Requires a four-year degree with college credits related to child development and learning; family and community relationships; curriculum development, etc.  Also requires a four-year degree in a related field of study combined with relevant work experience and training. They may or may not be providing direct care and education to children.

Education and Training

  • Infant and child CPR certification (see glossary for definition) and First Aid if working directly with children.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program that includes a minimum of 24 college credits of coursework in the Specialty Areas of Education (refer to glossary)
         -or-
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a related field of study combined with demonstrated work experience and professional training that is relevant to the early childhood field.

Professional Commitment

  • Work experience:
         a)  Four years work experience in an early childhood or school-age program,
              -or-
         b)  Supervised field experience as required by a bachelor’s degree program,
              -or-
         c) 
    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 3 years)

  • Maintain infant and child CPR certification and First Aid training, if working with children.
  • Completion of continuing education that positively contributes to ongoing professional development in the field.
  • 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 of training at a regional, state or national professional development conference.
  • Demonstrated leadership that positively contributes to the field of early childhood or school-age care and education.