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Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System

Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System Is Your Pathway to Excellence.

This page contains specific information on the training and education requirements, the experience requirements and the professional activity requirements for staff participation in the Louisiana Pathways program.

Classroom Track for Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System
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Child Care Career Ladder Titles Training and Education Requirements Experience Requirements Professional Activity Requirements
Child Care Staff I as required by licensing regulations none encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Staff II 12 clock hours of instruction in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas minimum 6 months encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Staff III 30 clock hours of instruction in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Staff IV 60 clock hours of instruction in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Assistant Teacher I 90 clock hours of instruction in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Assistant Teacher II 120 clock hours of instruction in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Teacher I CDA credential in preschool or infant/toddler specialization

or

approved early childhood diploma
minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Child Care Teacher II CDA credential or approved early childhood diploma and 9 CEUs or 2 early childhood college courses

or

30 hours toward associate degree with 4 college courses in early childhood or child development

or

related associate degree
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: committee or board membership, service as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a professional conference or event, conference presentation, advocacy and leadership activities
Child Care Teacher III associate degree in early childhood or child development

or

related associate degree with 4 college courses in early childhood or child development

or

bachelor degree in early childhood or child development

or

related bachelor degree with 3 college courses in early childhood or child development
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: committee or board membership, service as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a professional conference or event, conference presentation, advocacy and leadership activities
Child Care Teacher IV bachelor degree in early childhood or child development of which 3 college courses focus on infants and toddlers

or

related bachelor degree with 6 early childhood or child development college courses of which 3 focus on infants and toddlers development
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: committee or board membership, service as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a professional conference or event, conference presentation, advocacy and leadership activities
Child Care Master Teacher graduate degree in early childhood or child development

or

unrelated graduate degree with 4 early childhood or child development college courses
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: committee or board membership, service as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a professional conference or event, conference presentation, advocacy and leadership activities

Administrator Track for Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System
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Child Care Career Ladder Titles Training and Education Requirements Experience Requirements Professional Activity Requirements
Assistant Director I annual training as required by Licensing Minimum Standard none encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Assistant Director II 60 clock hours in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas including 6 hours in regulations minimum 6 months encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Assistant Director III 90 clock hours in approved core knowledge (CDA) subject areas including 15 hours in approved Administrative Training Categories minimum 1 year encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Director as required by Licensing Minimum Standards as required by licensing encouraged to participate in an early childhood professional organization
Director I CDA Credential or approved early childhood diploma

and

30 clock hours in approved Administrative Training Categories

or

related associate degree or 30 hours toward associate degree with 4 college courses in early childhood or child development
minimum 1 year membership in an early childhood professional organization
Director II CDA Credential or approved early childhood diploma

and

45 clock hours in approved Administrative Training Categories or National Administrative Credential

or

associate degree in early childhood or child development

or

related associate degree with 4 college courses in early childhood or child development

or

related bachelor degree with 3 college courses in early childhood or child development
minimum 18 months membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: serving on a board or committee, presenting at a conference, participating as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a conference or professional event
Director III CDA Credential or approved early childhood diploma

and

Administrator Certificate*

or

associate degree in child development or early childhood and Administrator Certificate*

or

bachelor degree in early childhood or child development of which 3 college courses focus on infants and toddlers and Administrator Certificate*

or

related bachelor degree with 6 college courses in early childhood or child development of which 3 courses focus on infants and toddlers and Administrator Certificate*
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: serving on a board or committee, presenting at a conference, participating as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a conference or professional event
Director IV master’s degree in early childhood, child development or early childhood administration of which 3 courses focus on infants and toddlers

and

Administrator Certificate*

or

a related master’s degree with 8 college courses in early childhood or child development of which 3 courses focus on infants and toddlers and Administrator Certificate*
minimum 2 years membership in an early childhood professional organization and service to the profession such as: serving on a board or committee, presenting at a conference, participating as a CDA advisor or mentor, attendance at a conference or professional event
*Administrator Certificate - To receive an Administrator Certificate you must have 75 clock hours of instruction in approved Administrative Training Categories (2 college courses in approved administration can be substituted for the Administrator Certificate)

The SRTC for child care professionals is based on the individual’s level on the classroom or administrator track as indicated in the table below:

SRTC Levels Amount of Refundable School Readiness Tax Credit
Director I $1,500
Director II $2,000
Director III $2,500
Director IV $3,000
Child Care Teacher I $1,500
Child Care Teacher II $2,000
Child Care Teacher III $2,500
Child Care Teacher IV $3,000


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