Massachusetts

Overall Policy Lever Score

3

Qualifications of administrators in Massachusetts licensed child care programs vary across seven levels based on licensed capacity, hours of operation, and the percent of non-teaching administrative time.  For full-day programs serving 14 or more children, director certification is required.  The two-level Director Certification for licensing serves as the administrative credential for the state. At the minimal level, a director can achieve certification with a combination of a CDA, three CEU’s in child care administration, and prior experience as a lead teacher. The QRIS, at the highest level, requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 18 credit hours in early childhood education. The state pre-K program requires a bachelor’s degree for administrators along with at least 18 credits in early childhood education.  There are six early childhood leadership degree programs offered at four institutions and three early childhood leadership academies in Massachusetts.

Interesting Facts: Massachusetts

  • Administrator certification is required by licensing for programs serving 14 or more children and requires prior experience as a lead teacher.

  • The University of Massachusetts Boston offers a post-master’s certificate to develop individual’s leadership capacity as change agents.

  • There are 2,080 child care directors and 5,731 family child care providers in Massachusetts, the 6th smallest state in the U.S.