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NURTURING
CHILD CARE

Our goal is to provide families with information to help them understand options for care, and how to choose a quality program that meets their family's needs.

STAFFING REQUIREMENTS

Staffing Requirements


Child Care

Center Qualifications

Centers licensed by Community Care Licensing under Title XXII require the following staff qualifications:

Director of Infant or Preschool Center
  • 15 units of child development
  • Three of these units must be in administration
  • Four years of teaching experience, or AA degree in child development and two years of teaching experience, or BA degree in child development and one year of teaching experience

School Age Director
  • Three units of administration
  • Three units of early childhood education
  • Nine units in recreation, physical education, social welfare, early childhood education, or a teaching credential and four years of teaching experience

*Fully Qualified Infant Teacher
  • 12 units of child development
  • Three of these units must be related to the care of infants
  • Six months of experience in a group child care program for children under five years old

*Fully Qualified Preschool Teacher
  • 12 units of child development
  • Six months of work experience in a group child care program

*Fully Qualified School Age Teacher
  • 12 units in recreation, physical education, social welfare, teaching credential, or child development
  • Six months of teaching experience

Aide
  • 18 years of age or older, or a high school graduate
  • Must work under a teacher's direct supervision

*Teachers may be hired with six completed units and must complete two units each semester until the education requirement is met.



Center Permits


Centers funded by the State Department of Education under Title V (for example, state preschools) require the following staff qualifications:

Staff working in infant/toddler, and/or preschool centers funded by the State Department of Education Child Development Division are required to obtain Child Development Permits for employment. The permit includes education requirements, experience, and continuing education renewal standards. See the Child Development Permit Matrix for a list of these criteria.