Following the first year of employment, the family child care home operator and caregivers (i.e. substitutes and volunteers), child care administrator and staff who are responsible for planning and supervising a child care center, and who work with children, shall participate in annual on-going training activities, as follows:
- Individuals with a four-year degree or higher advanced degree in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university must receive 5 clock hours
- Individuals with a two-year degree in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or persons with a North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential must receive 8 clock hours
- Individuals with a certificate or diploma in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or staff with a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential must receive 10 clock hours
- Individuals with a minimum of 10 years documented experience as a teacher, director, or caregiver in a licensed child care arrangement, must receive 15 clock hours
- If none of the other criteria in this chart apply, at minimum, 20 clock hours must be received.
On-going training requirements are determined based on an individual’s position, education level and years of verifiable experience. Training may occur through various learning formats/platforms. Training hours received through face-to-face classroom instruction, pre-recorded distance learning, college coursework, Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, and/or real-time virtual training, can be used towards meeting on-going training; so long as the training received is recognized by the DCDEE and the training(s) received address one or more of the training topic areas identified in G.S. 110-91(11) Staff Development. On-going training received must be appropriate to the job responsibilities of the individual.
G.S. 110-91(11) Staff Development
- Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
- Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development
- Positive ways to support children's social and emotional
- Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
- Strategies to manage an effective program operation
- Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
- Observing and recording children's behavior
- Principles of child growth and development
- Learning activities that promote inclusion of children with special
Individuals may use a combination of college coursework, Continuing Education Units (CEU's), clock hours, or countable technical assistance to complete their annual training requirements. Received in-service training hours, that are in excess of the previous year's requirement, may be carried forward to meet up to one-half of the current year's required in-service training hours.