Arkansas Arkansas

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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302 - Director

There shall be a director who shall be responsible for administering, planning, managing, and controlling the center's daily activities and for ensuring that the licensing requirements are met.

  1. Directors shall be age 21 or older, have a high school diploma or GED and have four (4) program years experience in child care or elementary education programs.

  1. The following educational levels may be substituted for experience:

a. A Bachelors degree

b. AA Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood or Child Development;

c. CDA, Child Development Associate Credential, or a child care credential from an approved program.

  1. When the director is away from the center, there shall be a person in charge who shall have the authority to carry out daily operations. The person in charge shall be age twenty-one (21) or older.

  1. All new directors shall attend New Director's Orientation within six months of employment. (This is an orientation class conducted by the Division).

  1. The director shall obtain 10 clock hours in early childhood education each year as approved by the Division. Documentation of training shall be maintained and available for review.

  1. Topics appropriate for continuing early childhood education shall include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Child growth and development;

b. Nutrition and food service;

c. Parent communication and involvement;

d. Curriculum and curriculum development;

e. Developmentally appropriate practice and learning environments,

f. Behavior management;

g. Emergency care and first aid; and

h. Administration and management of early childhood programs.


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