Except as waived under Section 8242 and except as stated in Section 18203 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations regarding program directors in schoolage community child care services programs, any entity operating child care and development programs providing direct services to children, as defined in Section 8244, at two or more sites, shall employ a program director who possesses one of the following:

(a) A permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizing supervision of a child care and development program operating in multiple sites.

Terms Used In California Education Code 8360.1

  • Child care and development programs: means those programs that offer a full range of services for children from infancy to 13 years of age, for any part of a day, by a public or private agency, in centers and family child care homes. See California Education Code 8208
  • Program director: means a person who, pursuant to Sections 8244 and 8360. See California Education Code 8208
  • Teacher: means a person with the appropriate permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing who provides program supervision and instruction that includes supervision of a number of aides, volunteers, and groups of children. See California Education Code 8208

(b) Any person who meets the following criteria is eligible to supervise a child care and development program operating in multiple sites and serve in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program:

(1) Possesses a current credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizing teaching service in elementary school or a single subject credential in home economics.

(2) Six units in administration and supervision of early childhood education or child development, or both. The requirement set forth in this paragraph does not apply to any person who was employed as a program director prior to January 1, 1993, in a child care and development program receiving funding under this chapter.

(3) Twelve units in early childhood education or child development, or both, or at least two years’ experience in early childhood education or a child care and development program.

(c) A waiver issued by the Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to Section 8244.

This section shall become operative on January 1, 1997.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 530, Sec. 6) by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1067, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1997.)