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Hawaii has a state-wide QRIS that at the highest level requires administrators to have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 9 semester hours in business. Elementary school principals are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and teaching experience, although pre-K experience is not required. State pre-K programs are located in the school districts and a principal license is required for administrators. Child care licensing regulations require administrators to have at least 30 semester hours in general education. There are no early childhood leadership degree programs or early childhood leadership academies available in Hawaii and the state does not have a director credential.

Interesting Facts: Hawaii

  • The average annual salary of child care directors is $48,430.

  • There are 180 child care directors and 349 family child care providers in Hawaii.

  • Hawaii does not have any degree programs in early childhood leadership.