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New Education Requirements for Child Development Staff Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is committed to increasing access to quality, affordable child care in the District of Columbia. As part of this commitment, OSSE recently increased the minimum education requirements for the early childhood workforce in DC. This includes center directors, teachers, assistant teachers, and caregivers in licensed family child development homes.

To support implementation of these new requirements, OSSE expanded funding and resources for scholarships to ensure our current and prospective early childhood workforce have the tools they need to meet these new educational requirements. 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 at

For information about licensed child care in DC, visit My Child Care DC at or contact OSSE’s Licensing and Compliance Unit at (202) 727-1839 or [email protected].

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