Maryland EXCELS Toolkit  

Lead Staff List and Child Care Credential or Equivalent Training Certificates

Ongoing training is important to everyone in the workforce. It is one way to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of any job. For the child care community, ongoing training helps practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver quality programs to children and families. Training in program administration and business practices helps administrators, directors, and managers meet the demands of leading a successful child care program. Programs participating in Maryland EXCELS are encouraged to seek ongoing training and to participate in Maryland’s Child Care Credential Program.

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This section explains the requirements for Staff Qualifications and Professional Development: Education / Experience: STF1.2. These requirements focus on documenting your lead staff’s credentials or equivalent training.

Select the Requirements for information about the credential levels and/or equivalent credential training required for your lead staff members.

Requirements

Let's look at the requirements for Staff Qualifications and Professional Development: Education / Experience: STF1.2. Key requirements are marked by a bright dot. Select each dot for information on lead staff and credentialing requirements.

Select the option that applies to your program type:

 

  Child Care Center

  Family Child Care

  School-Age Only

 

Instructions

All programs will upload a list of lead staff members and their credentials or proof of equivalent training. The specific requirements for Staff Qualifications and Professional Development: Education / Experience: STF1.2 vary slightly depending on your program type.


Child Care Center Requirements

  • A list of Lead Staff / Teachers, including the Director
  • Credential Certificates or approved training certificates showing that at least 60% of the lead staff hold the appropriate credentials

Family Child Care Requirements

  • A list of Lead Staff / Teachers, including the Provider and Co-Provider
  • Credential Certificates or approved training certificates of lead staff, provider, and co-provider
  • Large Family Child Care Homes show that at least 60% of the lead staff hold the appropriate credentials.

School-Age Only Requirements

  • A list of Lead Staff / Teachers, including the Director
  • Credential Certificates or approved training certificates showing that at least 60% of the lead staff hold the appropriate credentials





Lead Staff / Teachers

A lead staff member is the person assigned by the program to be responsible for the overall functioning and supervision of the classroom including, but not limited to licensing requirements, educational programming, and parent communication.

To meet the requirements for this criterion, at least 60% of your lead staff members must be credentialed at a Level 2 or higher or have equivalent credential training. A provider, co-provider, or director who serves as a lead teacher should be listed as both the Director and Lead Staff / Teacher.

Providers, co-providers, and directors may have an Administrator Credential (Level 1 or higher) or Staff Credential (Level 2 or higher), or equivalent credential training.

 

What does the documentation look like?

Documentation includes a list of all lead staff and their credentials or equivalent training. Only list your programs lead staff members, including the provider, co-provider, or program director. Information on other staff members (ex. assistant teachers, aides) is not required.

 

How can you tell if you're on the right track?

Your list includes all of the lead staff in your program and the following information for each person:

  • Date of birth
  • Start date of employment with your program
 

Where can you learn more?

The Credentialing Branch of Maryland’s Office of Child Care offers additional information on credentialing requirements and training.

  Child Care Credential Program

Child Care Credential Program

Credentials are issued for a 12-month period and may be renewed if you continue working in a registered or licensed child care program, complete continued training for the applicable credential level, and participate in professional activities related to the child care profession for the applicable level.






Maryland Child Care Credential

The Maryland Child Care Credential recognizes child care providers who go beyond licensing and registration regulations. There are seven levels of staff credentials and four administrative levels. Each level recognizes an individual’s achievement of a specific number of training hours, years of experience, and professional activities which lead to quality child care.

 

What does the documentation look like?

You will upload a valid (non-expired) credentialing certificate for all lead staff members who are credentialed at Level 2 or higher, or a Level 1 or higher (Administrator Credential).

 

How can you tell if you're on the right track?

You gathered credential certificates for lead staff members who are credentialed at Level 2 or higher (Staff Credential) or a Level 1 or higher (Administrator Credential).

 

Where can you learn more?

Interested in learning more about the Child Care Credential program: how to apply, requirements at each level or how to move up in levels? You can contact your

  Quality Assurance Specialist

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  Child Care Resource Center

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The Maryland Child Care Credential Program Booklet provides detailed information, as well.

The Maryland Child Care Credential Program booklet provides detailed information, as well. Locate and download the booklet from the link titled "The Child Care Credential Program Booklet" listed on this site:






Equivalent Training

Staff Qualifications and Professional Development: Education and Experience: STF 1.2 and STF 1.3 allow providers and staff who do not currently hold a Maryland Child Care Credential to submit proof of equivalent training.

 

What does the documentation look like?

Equivalent training may be documented with Core of Knowledge hours in the following areas:

  • Check Level 2 minimum training requirement:
    45 clock hours of Core of Knowledge Training that includes a minimum of 20 clock hours in Child Development
  • Check Level 3 minimum training requirement:
    90 clock hours of Core of Knowledge training that includes a minimum of 20 clock hours in Child Development and 20 clock hours in Curriculum Methods
 

How can you tell if you're on the right track?

Your documentation shows that at least 60% of your lead staff is credentialed at Level 2 or higher, or they have training that is considered equivalent credential training.

 

Where can you learn more?

Maryland Family Network (MFN) provides statewide training. Visit their Clearinghouse Calendar and search for approved training workshops throughout Maryland.

  Maryland Family Network’s Statewide Training Clearinghouse Calendar

For Child Care Providers | Maryland Family Network

Training is available to help new and current child care providers meet minimum state requirements and to achieve higher levels of professional development. These training sessions are approved by the Child Care Administration and are offered by trainers and training organizations across the state.

You may find this resource helpful in understanding the specific types and formats of documentation that are appropriate and considered equivalent training.

  Satisfying STF Level 2 and Level 3 criteria

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Final Touches

Check your lead staff credential certificates and / or equivalent training documentation. Ensure that credential certificates are valid (non-expired) and that the individuals you identify as lead staff correspond with the names on the documentation you are submitting.

  • Gather necessary documentation for each lead staff member. Remember, to meet the requirement that at least 60% of your lead staff must either be credentialed at Level 2 or higher or prove equivalent credential training.
  • Be sure to include the following information for each lead staff member on the list:
      • Lead staff member’s name
      • Date of birth
      • Start date of employment with your program
 

Check to be sure your documentation includes:

 
 
 

Format to use:

Scanned versions of Level 2 or higher credential certificates or documentation of equivalent training for all lead staff members (examples: PDF, PNG, JPG)