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Arkansas child care licensing requires administrators to obtain at least 15 clock hours of training annually. Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) offers a number of supports for early childhood administrators along their career trajectory through orientation, a certificate, a credential, mentoring, and coaching. Substantial flexibility is available to administrators to choose professional development to meet their needs and interests based on clock-hour training. Elementary school principal licensure includes pre-K.

Interesting Facts: Arkansas

  • The Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Credential (ACPAC) plus eight years of experience is one option to meet the director qualifications.

  • A Program Administration Scale (PAS) assessment is embedded at all levels of the QRIS.

  • The highest level of the QRIS requires administrators to have a CDA or 9 semester hours of early childhood education plus clock hour training in program administration.