The District has decreed that the directors of any licensed “Child Development Centers” or day care, in non-bureaucratic nomenclature, must have a “Bachelor of Arts (BA) in early childhood education or a BA with at least 15 semester credit hours in early childhood by Dec. 2022.”
The regs also mandate that “teachers” have at least an “Associate of Arts (AA) in early childhood education or an AA with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood by Dec. 2020.” What the non-state’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education calls “assistant teachers” must have a “Child Development Associate (CDA) by Dec. 2018.”
Of course, not all day care is performed in perfect, state-of-the-art child development centers. Some folks throw caution to the wind and simply keep other folks’ kids in their home.
They’re quite sensibly known as “Home Caregivers.” They still need a license, however, and the helpful D.C. regulations order them to garner that piece of paper known as a “Child Development Associate (CDA) by Dec. 2018.” Indeed, so must the people dubbed “Associate Home Caregivers.”
Additionally, an “Expanded Home Caregiver” is ordered to obtain an “Associate of Arts (AA) in early childhood education or an AA with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood by Dec. 2019.”
- Washington Post: D.C. among first in nation to require child-care workers to get college degrees
- National Academies Report: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, A Unifying Foundation
- OSSE: Final Rulemaking for the Licensing of Child Development Facilities
- Economic Policy Institute: The cost of child care in Washington, DC
- Washington Examiner: Washington, DC, now requires child-care workers to get college degrees, hurting families and workers
- Forbes: D.C.’s College Mandate For Child Care Workers Is Something To Cry About
- Psychology Today: Should Homeschooling Parents Have College Degrees?
- Institute for Justice: Occupational Licensing
- Fortune: You’d Be Surprised How Many Billionaires Don’t Have a College Degree
- Forbes: Multimillionaires Without High School Diplomas