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Child Development Staff: Resources Available for New Education Requirements

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is committed to increasing access to quality child care for young learners in the District of Columbia. In an ongoing effort to continue to improve access to quality care and education, OSSE recently increased the minimum education requirements for the early childhood workforce.

Along with the change in requirements, OSSE is providing support and resources to ensure that current and prospective child development staff have the tools they need to meet the new educational requirements. On this page, child development staff, including center directors, teachers, assistant teachers, home caregivers, associate home caregivers, and expanded home caregivers can access information about the new early childhood education requirements and find resources to support their educational needs.

To view available resources by position, please choose the position that describes your current role or the position in which you are most interested.

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New Education Requirements

DC’s new licensing regulations (effective as of Dec. 2, 2016) seek to improve the quality of the early childhood workforce by ensuring that staff meet the necessary qualifications and credentials to educate young children. Please see below for the licensing education requirements and compliance deadlines for each position. In June 2018, OSSE extended the deadline for various child care facility positions. Read the press release relating to the new timelines OSSE announced in June 2018.

Position Minimum Education Credential Required Original Date New Date
Center Director Bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education (including early childhood development, early childhood education, elementary education, or early special education) or a bachelor’s degree in any subject area with at least 15 semester credit hours in early childhood education Dec. 2022 Not applicable
Teacher Associate degree (AA) in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies, or a closely related field) or an associate degree (or higher) in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood. Dec. 2020 Dec. 2, 2023
Assistant Teacher Child Development Associate (CDA)

Dec. 2018

Dec. 2, 2019
Expanded Home Caregiver Associate degree in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies or a closely related field) or an associate degree (or higher) in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood. Dec. 2019

Dec. 2, 2023

Home Caregiver and Associate Home Caregiver Child Development Associate (CDA) Dec. 2018 Dec. 2, 2019

*All information is as of July 2018. OSSE will update the information when new resources and programs become available.