Kansas

Overall Policy Lever Score

2

Minimum state licensing standards require that program directors be a high school graduate, have six months of teaching experience, and attend five clock hours of training per year. The Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential was developed from the Kansas/Missouri Bi-State Core Competencies. It is a tiered competency-based credential. At the lowest tier, the credential requires a minimum of an associate degree, 24 semester hours in early childhood education, 9 semester hours in early childhood program leadership and management (or 18 semester hours in general leadership and management), teaching experience, administrative experience, and professional contributions. Principals are required to be licensed for leading school-based pre-K programs; there are no requirements for leading community-based pre-K programs. Kansas’ Links to Quality QRIS is being field tested in spring, 2017. There are no early childhood leadership degree programs or leadership academies in Kansas.

Interesting Facts: Kansas

  • Centers licensed for more than 100 children are required to have a director with a minimum of a 1 year of administrative experience.

  • Centers licensed for more than 160 children are required to have an assistant director.

  • Elementary principals in Kansas are required to have a master’s degree; pre-K certification is available.