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Title 22

Title 22 programs must hire staff whose educational and work experience backgrounds meet the requirements for Title 22 programs.

Director & Staff Qualifications

INFANT PROGRAMS
Director Qualifications:
Same as director qualifications in a Child Care Center, in addition to the following:

  • At least 3 semester units required for Director qualifications shall be related to the care of infants, and
  • Four years experience in a licensed infant center, or comparable group child care program for children under five years.

Assistant Director Qualifications:

  • Fully qualified infant care teacher, and
  • 3 units administration

Teacher Qualifications:
Same as teacher qualifications in a Child Care Center, except units and experience must include:

  • At least 3 units infant care, and
  • 6 months experience in a licensed infant center or comparable group child care program for children under five years, and
  • 15 hours of Health and Safety Training.

Teacher Aide Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older; or Under 18 years of age and ROP student

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Director Qualifications:

  • High School graduate/GED, and
  • 12 units to include courses that cover the general areas of child growth and development, or human growth and development, child, family and community, or child and family; and program/curriculum, and
  • Four years teaching experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program, and
  • 3 units in administration, and
  • 15 hours of health and safety training. At least one director or teacher shall have at least 15 hours of training on preventative health practices. The staff person who has the 15 hours of Health and Safety Training must be on site; or
  • AA degree in ECE/child development, and
  • Two years’ teaching experience in a licensed child care center, and
  • 3 units shall be in administration/staff relations; or
  • BA degree in ECE /child development, and
  • 1 year teaching experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program, and
  • 3 units shall be in administration/staff relations; or
  • Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or a Child Development Program Director Permit.

Teacher Qualifications:

  • 12 units to include courses that cover the general areas of child growth and development, or human growth and development, child, family and community, or child and family; and program/curriculum, or
  • 6 units in ECE and concurrently enrolled in 6 units of ECE until completion of 12 units of ECE, and
  • 6 months work experience in a licensed child care center; or
  • Child Development Associate credential with the appropriate age group level endorsement, and
  • 6 months on the job training and/or work experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program; or
  • One of the following Child Development Permits:
    • Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, or
    • Child Development Teacher Permit, or
    • Child Development Master Teacher Permit

Teacher Aide Qualifications:

  • 18 years old or older; or
  • Less than 18 years old provided, they must be a high school graduate; or
  • Currently participating in an occupational program conducted by an accredited high school or college

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS
Director & Assistant Director Qualifications:
Same qualifications as director in preschool except units and experience may include:

  • 12 units ECE; or
  • 6 units in ECE, 6 units appropriate to elementary school-age children on a unit-per-unit basis, in any one or a combination of: Recreation, Physical Education, or units toward an elementary teaching credential; or
  • 3 units or 60 training hours in administration, 3 units or 60 training hours in ECE/CD or recreation, or physical education, and 9 units or 180 training hours in ECE/CD or recreation, or physical education. At least 12 units or 240 training hours must be completed prior to employment; the remaining 3 units must be completed within one year of employment.

Teacher Qualifications:
Same qualifications as teachers in preschool except units and experience may include:

  • 6 units or 120 training hours prior to employment and may substitute all 12 units or 240 training hours in recreation or physical education.

Note for School-Age Directors and Teachers:

  • For both directors and teachers, experience may include classroom teaching or teacher assisting experience in elementary or middle school, paid or volunteer work in physical education or recreation, or college work-study or internships in recreation or youth development
  • Education may include appropriate vocational school training, professional training as part of continuing education credits, training programs provided by statewide or nationally recognized or community-based youth service organizations.

Teacher Aide Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older; or
  • Under 18 years of age and enrolled in ROP

Title 22: Teacher/Child Ratios

Infant Program
Age Ratio
0-24 mo. 1:4 Teacher/Child ratio
   
Toddler Option
Group size is limited to 12 toddlers. No child shall be placed in the preschool program before 30 months without parental permission. A child who is more than 30 months may participate in a toddler program with parental permission.
Age Ratio
18-30 mo. 1:6 Teacher/Child Ratio
  1:12 Teacher & Aide/Child Ratio
   
Child Care Program
Age Ratio
2 yr.-14yr. 1:14 Teacher/Child Ratio
  1:15 Teacher & Aide/Child Ratio

Mixed Age Group
Whenever groups of children of two age categories are co-mingled and the younger age group is more than 50% of the total children present, the ratios for the entire group must meet the ratios required for the younger age group. Adults without ECE units can not be left alone with the children.