Child Care

Level III: Professional Credential

Professionals at this level should specialize in an area of study such as infant/toddler, preschool, school-age care, family child care, home visitor or program administration. Level III practitioners may have a CDA, or similar credential or may possess a vocational certificate from a Technical Institute. 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 minimum of 120 hours of instruction and procedures required to obtain a credential. (refer to glossary, Credential Subject Areas)

Professional Commitment

  • Experience:
         a)  Work directly with two or more unrelated children in a state registered or licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program
    -or-
         b)  Provides leadership and/or instruction that contributes to the development of other practitioners.
  • Membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend a minimum of six hours 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 directly with children.
  • Completion of continuing education as required to retain the professional credential. 
  • 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 contribute to the development of other professionals (i.e. roles such as program director, education coordinator, trainer, etc.).
  • Maintain membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend at least six hours of training offered at a regional, state or national professional development conference.