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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. OSSE will phase in the licensing requirements (Title 5-A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations and Summary and Overview: Final Rulemaking for the Licensing of Child Development Facilities) over the course of the next five years.

Please see below for the licensing education requirements and compliance deadlines for each position. Please click here to see the new proposed timelines OSSE announced in Nov. 2017. 

Early Childhood Education Position

Credentials Required by OSSE


Home Caregiver and Associate Caregiver Child Development Associate (CDA) By December 2018
Assistant Teachers Child Development Associate (CDA) By December 2018
Expanded Home Caregiver Associate of Arts (AA) in early childhood education (ECE) OR
AA with at least 24 semester credit hours in ECE
By December 2019
Teachers Associate of Arts (AA) in ECE OR
AA with at least 24 semester credit hours in ECE
By December 2020
Center Directors Bachelor of Arts (BA) in ECE OR a
BA with at least 15 semester credit hours ECE
By December 2022

*All information is as of July 2017. OSSE will update the information when new resources and programs become available.