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Who can be the director of a child care center?

If you apply for a license to operate a child care center, you may be the director yourself, or you can hire a director. The director is responsible for the overall management of the center's facility and operation and ensures that the center follows the minimum licensing requirements. The director must:
(1) Be at least eighteen years of age or older;
(2) Have knowledge of child development as evidenced by professional reference, education, experience, and on-the-job performance;
(3) Have written proof of education including:
(a) A current child development associate certificate (CDA); or
(b) The following minimum number of college quarter* credits or combination of college quarter credits and department-approved clock hours (ten clock hours equals one college credit) in early childhood education or child development:
If your center is licensed for this number of children:
Then the director must have completed at least this number of college quarter credits in early childhood education:
Of the total credits required, the minimum number that must be college quarter credits is:
And of the total credits required, the maximum number that can be department-approved clock hours is:
(i) Twelve or less
30 (replacing 3 college quarter hours)
(ii) Thirteen through 24
80 (replacing 8 college quarter hours)
(iii) Twenty-five or more
150 (replacing 15 college quarter hours)
*Note: One college semester credit equals one and one half (1.5) college quarter hours.
(4) Have at least two years experience working with children the same age level as the center serves;
(5) Not let the provision of child care interfere with management or supervisory responsibilities;
(6) Be on the premises for the majority of the hours that care is provided and designate a person to be in charge that meets the qualifications of a lead teacher when not present; and
(7) Meet the STARS requirement and be listed in the state training and registry system (STARS).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.020, 43.215.060, 43.215.070, and 43.215.201. WSR 17-15-056, § 170-295-1010, filed 7/13/17, effective 8/13/17. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-1010, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-1010, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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