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PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The purpose of the Child Care Center Operations program is to prepare students for future administrators of early childhood facilities to develop and enhance their leadership role.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of one occupational completion point. The content of the program includes, but is not
limited to, organizational leadership, financial management, legal obligations and responsibilities, educational programming, marketing strategies,
assessment, monitoring practices, observations, referrals, and collaboration of programs with families and community resources.

INSTRUCTION CONSISTS OF

Course Number
(SOC Code)

Course Title
(OCPs)

Total
Hours

HEV0160
(SOC 119031)
Child Care Center Director
(OCP – A)
45 hours

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

LABORATORY ACTIVITIES

Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. Activities include competency based applied learning that contributes to academic
knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills
in the Child Care Center Operations program.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

• Possess a high school diploma.
• Complete the (DCF) Part I Introductory Child Care Courses (5 courses, 30 hours).
• Complete the DCF Special Needs Appropriate Practices course or a minimum of 8 hours of inservice training on children with disabilities.
• Possess an active Staff Credential.

In addition, the Director Credential, Level I require:
• Completion of one DCF approved course in the curriculum content area Overview of Child Care Management.

This course meets that requirement. There are additional requirements for the Director Credential, Level II, and the Advanced Level.

 

ENTRANCE DATES

This program operates on an open-entry/open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year.

 

LENGTH OF PROGRAM:

45 hours

 

DAY/TIME PROGRAM OFFERED

Tuesday 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

 

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

Students are exempt from the basic skills requirements for courses of 450 clock hours of instruction or less.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENT

Basic computer skills

 

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

• Employers require applicants to complete a Dept. of Children and Families mandatory training program.
• Possess an active CDA Staff Credential
• Employers recommend experience in early childhood education.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Child Care Center Director, Pre-school Center Director

 

SALARY

According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of a childcare center director was $49,160 per year or $23.63 per hour.