North Carolina North Carolina

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


SECTION 2800 - VOLUNTARY RATED LICENSES

.2801 SCOPE

(a) This Section shall apply to all child care facilities that have achieved a voluntary rated license of two stars or higher or that apply to be assessed for a voluntary rated license of two stars or higher.

(b) A child care facility is eligible for a voluntary rated license of two through five stars.

(c) No requirement in any component of a two-star or higher rating shall be less than the requirements for a one-star rating described in G.S. 110-91 and this Subchapter. Prior to issuance of an initial two- through five-star rating, all minimum requirements in G.S. 110-91 and this Subchapter must be in compliance at the time the program is assessed. The requirements for a voluntary rated license of two stars or higher are in addition to the minimum standards found in G.S. 110-91 and this Subchapter.

(d) An "A" or "AA" license remains valid until action is taken to change to a license with a star rating.

(e) Nothing in this Section is to preclude or interfere with issuance of an administrative action as allowed by G.S. 110 and this Subchapter.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2802 APPLICATION FOR A VOLUNTARY RATED LICENSE

(a) After a licensed child care center or home has been in operation for a minimum of six consecutive months, the procedures in this Rule shall apply to request an initial two- through five-star rated license or to request that a rating be changed to a two- through five-star rated license.

(b) The operator shall submit a completed application to the Division for a voluntary rated license on the form provided by the Division.

(c) An operator may apply for a star rating based on the total number of points achieved for each component of the voluntary rated license(program standards, education standards, and compliance history). In order to achieve a two- through five-star rating, the minimum score achieved must be a least five points as follows:

TOTAL NUMBER OF POINTS

RATING

5 through 7

Two Stars

8 through 10

Three Stars

11 through 13

Four Stars

14 through 15

Five Stars

(d) A Division representative shall assess the facility requesting a voluntary rated license to determine if all applicable requirements have been met to achieve the score for the requested star rating. The assessment may include a review of Division records and site visits.

(e) The Division shall provide for Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised edition, School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale, or Family Day Care Rating Scale assessments to be completed, as appropriate for the program, free of charge to operators requesting an initial three through five points for program standards.

(f) The Division shall assess the compliance history of a facility by evaluating the violations of requirements that have occurred over the previous three years or during the length of time since the facility began operating, whichever is less.

(g) Upon completion of the Division's assessment:

(1) If the assessment indicates all the applicable requirements to achieve the score for the requested rating have been met, the Division shall issue the rating.

(2) If the assessment indicates all the applicable requirements to achieve the score for the requested rating are not met, the Division shall notify the operator of the requirements that were not met and the requested voluntary rating shall not be issued. If the operator meets the requirements to achieve the score for a higher or lower voluntary rating than what was requested, the Division may issue the voluntary rating for which the operator is eligible.

(h) When the Division does not issue the rating requested by the operator, the operator may:

(1) Accept the rating for which the Division has found the operator to be eligible;

(2) Withdraw the request and reapply when the identified requirements to achieve the score for the requested rating have been met; or

(3) Appeal the denial of the requested rating as provided in G.S. 150B-23.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2803 PROGRAM STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS

(a) To achieve two points for program standards for a star rating, the center shall meet all requirements for voluntary enhanced program standards in Section .1600 of this Subchapter, except that either the space requirements in Rule .1604 of this Subchapter or the staff/child ratio requirements in Rule .1606 of this Subchapter shall be met.

(b) To achieve three points for program standards for a star rating, the center shall:

(1) Meet all requirements for voluntary enhanced program standards in Section .1600 of this Subchapter; and

(2) Have an average score of 4.0 on the appropriate environment rating scale referenced in Rule .2802(e) in each classroom evaluated.

(c) To achieve four points for program standards for a star rating, the center shall:

(1) Meet all the requirements for voluntary enhanced program standards in Section .1600 of this Subchapter; and

(2) Have an average score of 4.5 on the appropriate environment rating scale referenced in Rule .2802(e) in each classroom evaluated.

(d) To achieve five points for program standards for a star rating, the center shall:

(1) Meet all the requirements for voluntary enhanced program standards in Section .1600 of this Subchapter, except for staff/child ratio requirements in Rule .1606; and

(2) Meet the staff/child ratios and group sizes set below;

Age of Children

No. Children

No. Staff

Maximum Group Size

No. Staff

0 to 12 months

4

1

8

2

1 to 2 years

5

1

10

2

2 to 3 years

8

1

16

2

3 to 4 years

9

1

18

2

4 to 5 years

12

1

24

2

5 to 6 years

14

1

25

2

6 and older

19

1

25

2;

(3) Have an average score of 5.0 on the appropriate environment rating scale referenced in Rule .2802(e) in each classroom evaluated.

(e) For centers with a licensed capacity of three to twelve children located in a residence, a Family Day Care Rating Scale shall be the rating scale used in(b)(2),(c)(2), and(d)(3) of this Rule.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2804 EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS

(a) To achieve two points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the center shall meet the following requirements:

(1) The on-site administrator shall have:

(A) A Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and

(B) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

(2) For centers with a licensed capacity of 200 or more, there shall be a second administrator on-site for a minimum of 20 hours per week who shall have the Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.

(3) All lead teachers shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent, and 75% of the lead teachers shall have:

(A) Completed or be enrolled in 3 semester hours in early childhood education or child development(not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); or

(B) One year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

(4) 50% of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have:

(A) Completed or be enrolled in two semester hours in early childhood education or child development; or

(B) One year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

(5) For centers with a school-age care component, the following requirements shall also apply. Completion of these requirements may count toward meeting education and experience requirements in Paragraph(a)(1) through(4) of this Rule.

(A) If none of the administrator's verifiable experience includes working with school-aged children in a school-age care or camp setting, he or she shall complete the Basic School-Age Care(BSAC) Training.

(B) The individual designated as the program coordinator as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 200 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program; or have at least 300 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or have completed or be enrolled in at least two semester hours of school-age care related coursework. (C) For centers with a school-age care component with 200 or more school-aged children enrolled, there shall be two program coordinators on site, one of whom shall not have concurrent group leader responsibilities. The additional program coordinator shall meet the staff requirements in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter. (b) To achieve three points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the center shall meet the following requirements.

(1) The on-site administrator shall have: (A) A Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and (B) Six semester hours in early childhood education or child development(not including North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential coursework); and (C) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (2) For centers with a licensed capacity of 200 or more, there shall be a second administrator on-site for a minimum of 20 hours per week who shall have the Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.

(3) All lead teachers shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent, and 75% of the lead teachers shall have: (A) Three semester hours in early childhood education or child development(not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); or (B) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (4) 50% of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have:

(A) Completed or be enrolled in the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent; or (B) Completed or be enrolled in four semester hours in early childhood education or child development; or (C) Three years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (5) For centers with a school-age care component, the following requirements shall also apply. Completion of these requirements may count toward meeting education and experience requirements in Paragraph(b)(1) through(4) of this Rule. (A) The administrator shall have at least 300 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or at least 450 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or shall complete the BSAC Training. (B) The individual designated as the program coordinator as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 400 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program; or have at least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or have completed at least two semester hours of school-age care related coursework. (C) For centers with a school-age care component with 200 or more school-aged children enrolled, there shall be two program coordinators on site, one of whom shall not have concurrent group leader responsibilities. The additional program coordinator shall meet the staff requirements in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter. (D) 25% of the individuals designated as group leaders as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 100 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program; or have at least 150 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or have completed or be enrolled in at least two semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework. (c) To achieve four points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the center shall meet the following requirements: (1) The on-site administrator shall have: (A) A Level II North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and (B) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (2) For centers with a licensed capacity of 200 or more, there shall be a second administrator on-site for a minimum of 20 hours per week who shall have the Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.

(3) All lead teachers shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent, and 75% shall have: (A) Nine semester hours in early childhood education or child development(not including the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); and (B) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (4) 50% of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have: (A) The North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent; or (B) Four semester hours in early childhood education or child development; or (C) Five years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (5) For centers with a school-age care component, the following requirements shall also apply. Completion of these requirements may count toward meeting education and experience requirements in Paragraph(c)(1) through(4) of this Rule. (A) The administrator shall have at least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or shall complete the BSAC Training. (B) The individual designated as the program coordinator as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 1350 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; and have completed at least four semester hours of school-age care related coursework. (C) For centers with a school-age care component with 200 or more school-aged children enrolled, there shall be two program coordinators on site, one of whom shall not have concurrent group leader responsibilities. The additional program coordinator shall meet the staff requirements in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter. (D) 50% of the individuals designated as group leaders as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 300 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program; or have at least 450 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or have completed at least two semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework. (E) Assistant group leaders shall be at least 18 years of age. (d) To achieve five points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the center shall meet the following requirements.

(1) The on-site administrator shall have: (A) A Level III North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and (B) Four years of full-time verifiable work experience in an early childhood center teaching young children, or four years of administrative experience, or four years of a combination of both. (2) For centers with a licensed capacity of 200 or more, there shall be a second administrator on-site for a minimum of 20 hours per week who shall have the Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.

(3) All lead teachers shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent, and 75% of the lead teachers shall have: (A) At least an A.A.S. degree in early childhood education or child development or an A.A.S. degree in any major with 12 semester hours in early childhood education or child development; and (B) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience. (4) 50% of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have: (A) The North Carolina Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent; and (B) Four semester hours in early childhood education or child development(not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); and (C) Two years of full-time verifiable early childhood experience. (5) For centers with a school-age care component, the following requirements shall also apply. Completion of these requirements may count toward meeting education and experience requirements in Paragraph(d)(1) through(4) of this Rule. (A) The administrator shall have at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or at least 1350 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or shall complete the BSAC Training. (B) The individual designated as the program coordinator as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 1350 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, and have completed at least six semester hours of school-age care related coursework; or shall have at least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, and have completed at least nine semester hours of school-age care related coursework. (C) For centers with a school-age care component with 200 or more school-aged children enrolled, there shall be two program coordinators on site, one of whom shall not have concurrent group leader responsibilities. The additional program coordinator shall meet the minimum staff requirements in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter. (D) 75% of the individuals designated as group leaders as allowed in Rule .2510 shall have at least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or shall have completed at least two semester hours of school-age care related coursework and have completed or be enrolled in at least two additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework. (E) Assistant group leaders shall be at least 18 years of age. (e) For centers with a licensed capacity of three to twelve children located in a residence, when an individual has responsibility both for administering the child care program and for planning and implementing the daily activities of a group of children, the educational requirements for lead teacher in this Rule shall apply. All other teachers shall follow the educational requirements for teachers in this Rule.

(f) As used in this Rule, the definition of the term "experience working with school-aged children" in Rule .2510(i) of this Subchapter shall apply.

History Note: Statutory Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999; Amended July 1, 2000.

.2805 COMPLIANCE HISTORY STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS

(a) To achieve two points for compliance history standards for a star rating, a center shall have a compliance history rating of 65% or higher as assessed by the Division.

(b) To achieve three points for compliance history standards for a star rating, a center shall have a compliance history rating of 70% or higher as assessed by the Division.

(c) To achieve four points for compliance history standards for a star rating, a center shall have a compliance history rating of 75% or higher as assessed by the Division.

(d) To achieve five points for compliance history standards for a star rating, a center shall have a compliance history rating of 80% or higher as assessed by the Division.

(e) The Division shall assess the compliance history by evaluating the violations of requirements that have occurred over the previous three years or during the length of time the center has been operating, whichever is less. Demerits shall be assigned for each occurrence of violations of these requirements: supervision of children (6 points), staff/child ratio (6 points), staff qualifications and training (2-5 points), health and safety practices (3-6 points), discipline (6 points), developmentally appropriate activities (2-4 points), adequate space (6 points), nutrition and feeding practices (1-3 points), program records (1-3 points), sanitation inspections (6 points), and transportation (1-3 points), if applicable. The point value of each demerit shall be based on the potential detriment to the health and safety of children. A compliance history percentage shall be calculated each year by subtracting the total number of demerits from the total demerits possible and converting to a percentage. The yearly compliance history percentage shall be averaged over three years for the compliance history percentages referenced in this Rule. A copy of the Division compliance history score sheet used to calculate the compliance history percentage is available for review at the address given in Rule .0102 of this Subsection.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2806 PROGRAM STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

(a) To achieve two points for program standards for a star rating, the operator shall have written operational policies and procedures that include information about meal and snack practices, daily activities, parent involvement, health and safety practices, infection control/ill child exclusion/inclusion, and business practice.

(b) To achieve three points for program standards for a star rating, the operator shall:

(1) Have written operational policies and procedures that include information about meal and snack practices, daily activities, parent involvement, health and safety practices, infection control/ill child exclusion/inclusion, and business practice; and

(2) Have an average score of 4.0 or higher on the Family Day Care Rating Scale or be accredited by a national organization approved by the Division. Organizations shall be approved if the Division determines that the accreditation standards are substantially equivalent to those of the National Association for Family Child Care.

(c) To achieve four points for program standards for a star rating, the operator shall:

(1) Have written operational policies and procedures that include information about meal and snack practices, daily activities, parent involvement, health and safety practices, infection control/ill child exclusion/inclusion, and business practice; and

(2) Have an average score of 4.5 or higher on the Family Day Care Rating Scale or be accredited by a national organization approved by the Division. Organizations shall be approved if the Division determines that the accreditation standards are substantially equivalent to those of the National Association for Family Child Care; and

(3) Be a member of a national, state, or local professional organization.

(d) To achieve five points for program standards for a star rating, the operator shall:

(1) Have written operational policies and procedures that include information about meal and snack practices, daily activities, parent involvement, health and safety practices, infection control/ill child exclusion/inclusion, and business practice; and

(2) Have an average score of 5.0 or higher on the Family Day Care Rating Scale or be accredited by a national organization approved by the Division. Organizations shall be approved if the Division determines that the accreditation standards are substantially equivalent to those of the National Association for Family Child Care; and

(3) Be a member of a national, state, or local professional organization; and

(4) Of the five preschoolers allowed to be enrolled, no more than three children shall be under one year of age.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2807 EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

(a) To achieve two points for educational standards for a rated license, the operator shall have completed:

(1) The North Carolina Family Child Care Credential or its equivalent; or

(2) At least four semester credit hours in early childhood education or child development; or

(3) At least 10 years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience and six additional clock hours of annual in-service training.

(b) To achieve three points for education standards for a rated license, the operator shall have completed:

(1) The North Carolina Family Child Care Credential or its equivalent and three semester credit hours in early childhood education or child development(not including the North Carolina Family Child Care Credential coursework) and one year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2) The North Carolina Family Child Care Credential or its equivalent and five years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(3) At least six semester hours of early childhood education/child development coursework and one year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(4) At least an A.A.S. degree in any major with at least six semester credit hours in early childhood education/child development coursework and six months of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(5) At least an A.A.S. degree. in early childhood education/child development and three months of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

(c) To achieve four points for education standards for a rated license, the operator shall have completed:

(1) The North Carolina Family Child Care Credential or its equivalent and six semester credit hours in early childhood education or child development(not including the North Carolina Family Child Care Credential coursework) and two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2) At least nine semester hours of early childhood education/child development coursework and two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(3) At least an A.A.S. degree in any major with at least nine semester credit hours in early childhood education/child development coursework and eighteen months of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(4) At least an A.A.S. in early childhood education/child development and one year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

(d) To achieve five points for education standards for a rated license, the operator shall have completed:

(1) At least an A.A.S. degree in any major with at least twelve semester credit hours in early childhood education/child development coursework and two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2) At least an A.A.S. in early childhood education/child development and 18 months of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2808 COMPLIANCE HISTORY STANDARDS FOR A RATED LICENSE FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

(a) To achieve two points for compliance history standards for a star rating, the operator shall have no more than one substantiated complaint of violations of family child care home requirements and no substantiation of abuse or neglect by either the Division of Child Development or the local department of social services within the past year. The Division shall assess this by evaluating the number of substantiated complaints that have occurred over the previous year or during the length of time since the home began operating, whichever is less.

(b) To achieve three points for compliance history standards for a star rating, the operator shall have no more than one substantiated complaint of violations of family child care home requirements and no substantiations of abuse or neglect by either the Division of Child Development or the local department of social services within the last three years. The Division shall assess this by evaluating the number of substantiated complaints that have occurred over the previous three years or during the length of time since the home began operating, whichever is less.

(c) To achieve four points for compliance history standards for a star rating, the operator shall have no substantiated complaints of violations of family child care home requirements and no substantiations of abuse or neglect by either the Division of Child Development or the local department of social services within the last three years. The Division shall assess this by evaluating the number of substantiated complaints that have occurred over the previous three years or during the length of time since the home began operating, whichever is less.

(d) To achieve five points for compliance history standards for a star rating, the operator shall have none of the following:

(1) Substantiated complaints of violations of family child care home requirements within the last three years;

(2) Substantiations of abuse or neglect by either the Division of Child Development or the local department of social services within the last three years;

(3) Violations of overenrollment or lack of supervision in the past year, excluding emergency situations as determined by the Division.

(e) The Division shall assess the items in Paragraph(d) of this Rule by evaluating the number of substantiated complaints and violations of overenrollment or supervision that have occurred over the previous three years or during the length of time since the home began operating, whichever is less.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2809 MAINTAINING THE STAR RATING

(a) A representative of the Division may make announced or unannounced visits to facilities to assess on-going compliance with the requirements of a star rating after it has been issued. When the Division representative documents violations with the standards that determine a rating, the representative may take one or more of the following actions:

(1) Advise the operator to submit written verification that the violation(s) have been corrected.

(2) Return to the facility for an unannounced visit at a later date to determine if compliance has been achieved.

(3) Recommend an Environmental Rating Scale assessment be conducted.

(4) Recommend a complete reassessment of requirements of the star rating issued to the facility.

(5) Recommend that the star rating be reduced.

(6) Recommend administrative action in accordance with G.S. 110 and this Subchapter.

(b) If changes occur at a facility which result in the operator not complying with the standards in this Section for the star rating issued, the operator shall correct the noncompliance within 30 days. If the operator does not correct the noncompliance within 30 days, the operator shall notify the Division. Based upon the information obtained, the Division may take any of the actions described in Paragraph(a) of this Rule.

(c) A complete assessment of requirements for a voluntary rated license of two stars or higher shall be conducted at least once every three years. The Division shall provide for one evaluation of program standards using the environment rating scales referenced in Rule .2802(e) free of charge once every three years when reassessing the ratings of operators with three to five points for program standards.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2810 HOW AN OPERATOR MAY REQUEST OR APPEAL A CHANGE IN RATING

(a) An operator may request a change in the star rating by following the procedures in Rule .2802 of this Section.

(b) The Division may wait to perform an assessment of the facility requesting an increased rating until it has been at least six months since the last rating change.

(c) After an initial three- through five-star rating is issued, the Division shall provide for one evaluation of program standards using the environment rating scales referenced in Rule .2802(e) of this Section during each three year period thereafter at no cost to the operator. An operator may have extra rating scale assessments as referenced in Rule .2802(e) of this Section performed at his or her own expense in addition to the free one performed by the Division. The additional rating scale assessments shall be completed by individuals approved by the Division to perform them. Approval shall be based upon the individual's successful completion of training designated or authorized by the authors of the environment rating scales.

(d) An operator may appeal the reduction of a star rating as provided in G.S. 150B-23.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. April 1, 1999.

.2811 EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR CENTERS THAT PROVIDE CARE ONLY TO SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

(a) For child care programs that serve school-aged children only, the following staff education requirements apply instead of those in Rule .2804 of this Subchapter.

(b) To achieve two points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the school-age care program shall meet the following requirements:

(1) The administrator shall have a Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.

(2) The program coordinator shall have completed the coursework or the requirements for staff described in Rule .2510(b)(2); and have (A) At least 200 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or

(B) At least 300 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or setting, or (C) Completed or be enrolled in at least two additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework. (c) To achieve three points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the school-age care program shall meet the following requirements.

(1) The administrator shall have: (A) A Level I North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and (B) At least 300 additional hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or at least 450 additional hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting. (2) The program coordinator shall have the coursework or the requirements for staff described in Rule .2510(b)(2); and have (A) At least 400 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or (B) At least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or

(C) Completed at least two additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework.

(3) Twenty-five percent(25%) of group leaders shall have:

(A) At least 100 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or

(B) At least 150 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or

(C) Completed or be enrolled in at least two semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework. (d) To achieve four points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the school-age care program shall meet the following requirements. (1) The administrator shall have: (A) A Level II North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and (B) At least 600 additional hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or at least 900 additional hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting.

(2) The program coordinator shall have completed the coursework or the requirements for staff described in Rule .2510(b)(2); and have

(A) At least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 1350 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; and

(B) Completed at least four additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework.

(3) Fifty percent(50%) of group leaders shall have:

(A) At least 300 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program, or

(B) At least 450 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, or C) Completed at least two semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework.

(4) Assistant group leaders shall be at least 18 years old. (e) To achieve five points for education standards for a star rating, child caring staff in the school-age care program shall meet the following requirements.

(1) The administrator shall have:

(A) A Level III North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent; and

(B) At least 900 additional hours of verifiable experience performing administrative duties in a licensed child care program serving school-aged children, or at least 1350 additional hours of verifiable experience performing administrative duties in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting.

(2) The program coordinator shall have completed the coursework or the requirements for staff described in Rule .2510(b)(2); and have

(A) At least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 1350 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, and completed at least six additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework; or

(B) At least 600 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program or at least 900 hours of verifiable experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting, and completed at least nine additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework.

(3) Seventy-five percent(75%) of group leaders shall have:

(A) At least 600 hours of experience working with school-aged children in a licensed child care program; or

(B) At least 900 hours of experience working with school-aged children in an unlicensed school-age care or camp setting; or

(C) Completed at least two semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework and have completed or be enrolled in at least two additional semester credit hours of school-age care related coursework.

(4) Assistant group leaders shall be at least 18 years old.

(f) Unless otherwise stated in this Rule, group leaders and assistant group leaders shall meet the minimum qualifications required in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter, including completion of BSAC Training.

(g) For programs with a licensed capacity of 200 or more school-aged children, there shall be two program coordinators on site, one of whom shall not have concurrent group leader responsibilities. The additional program coordinator shall meet the staff requirements in Rule .2510 of this Subchapter.

(h) As used in this Rule, the definition of the term "experience working with school-aged children" in Rule .2510(i) of this Subchapter shall apply. History Note: Statutory Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 110-91; 143B-168.3;

Eff. July 1, 2000


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