Where can I find information on qualifications and credentials for early childhood professionals?
The qualifications and credentials required for early childhood professionals depend on the type of program and the position in which an individual is seeking initial employment, currently employed, or pursuing promotion in employment.
All persons working in a child care program licensed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) are required to meet education and training qualifications as specified in the Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers and Nighttime Centers or Minimum Standards for Family/Group Day Care Homes and Family/Group Nighttime Homes.
Similarly, teachers and assistant teachers working in the Alabama Office of School Readiness (OSR) Pre-K programs and Head Start/Early Head Start programs must meet education and training qualifications and requirements mandated by their agencies.
*Download a complete list of Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Institutions Child Development / Early Care and Education Programs and Academic Inventory here.