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Connecticut offers a competency-based director credential that requires, at the lowest level, an associate degree with at least 9 semester hours in business or administration and a minimum of 5 years of experience. The state pre-K program requires a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 college credits in early childhood education and 9 semester hours in business or administration. The state offers a pre-K certificate for principals. Connecticut has not yet implemented a quality rating and improvement system.


The interactive map at the right shows the density of child care directors by county (2012 Workforce Dataset: A Review of Workforce Trends, National Workforce Registry Alliance).


Interesting Facts: Connecticut

  • The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood oversees the professional workforce registry that meets the National Workforce Registry Alliance PER guidelines.

  • The state sponsored leadership initiative offers credit and non-credit training to support child care directors.

  • At $51,390, child care center directors have the 10th highest average salary in the U.S.