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40 Hour Director Course | Georgia

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The role of a childcare director is not an easy one.  A childcare director must be a confident leader as they set the tone for the entire program. They must also be highly organized and business oriented, as there are many administrative duties involved, such as the ordering, purchasing, and approving of equipment and supplies for the facility.  Directors must also know about child #development as they act as the go to person for teacher and parent inquiries as well as another teacher in the classroom if extra help is needed. 

The journey to becoming a director may seem overwhelming, however, it does not have to be.  ChildCareEd has created a training geared specifically for Georgia professionals who want to pursue a career in being a Childcare Director.    

Quality Rated:

Participating in Georgia's Quality Rated program, a tiered quality rating and improvement system (TQRIS), is a key step for #early-childhood-education programs aiming to enhance their quality standards. One crucial aspect of this program involves the Structural Quality Assessment, specifically the online portfolio submission.

Structural Quality Assessment: The Online Portfolio:

Programs striving for a Quality Rated star rating accumulate structural quality points by providing evidence aligned with five standards. This evidence showcases a commitment beyond basic licensing requirements. Importantly, the portfolio does not need to be completed sequentially. The five standards are:

  • Standard 1 – Director and Teacher Qualifications and Georgia Professional Development System (GaPDS) Verification
  • Standard 2 – Child Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
  • Standard 3 – Family Engagement
  • Standard 4 – Intentional Teaching Practices
  • Standard 5 – Teacher: Student Ratios

Standard 1 – Director and Teacher Qualifications and Georgia Professional Development System Verification

This standard emphasizes the recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff while supporting continuous improvement in their knowledge and skills. The Georgia Professional Development System (GaPDS) is utilized to assess personnel qualifications and ongoing professional development. To gain portfolio points in Standard 1, directors/family providers, and a specified percentage of teachers must have an active career level designated by the GaPDS.

Specific Education Level Requirements (1.1)

  • Center Director(s) or Family Provider Education Level:
    • The director(s)/family provider must meet the criteria for Career Level 4 or higher in the GaPDS.
    • Completion of a state-approved 40-hour Director Course or an equivalent course covering the administration of #early-childhood programs, along with a minimum of 5 years of experience as a program director or family child care provider.

Understanding and meeting these criteria are vital steps for early childhood education programs aspiring to achieve and excel within the Georgia Quality Rated program.

ChildCareEd's 40-Hour Director's Course is Bright from the Start approved and can be used towards the 40 Hour Director Training required for Standard One of the Quality Rated Online Portfolio Director Qualifications section! 

Go to the 40-Hour Director's Course page to sign up and start your Childcare Director career today!   

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