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Child care licensing requires that directors have a minimum of a CDA, 2,000 hours of experience in child care, and completed a course of training in business administration or 1,000 verifiable hours in an administrative position. Nevada does not offer a director credential. Elementary school principals are not required to have pre-K experience; pre-K content is embedded in certification. The state-wide QRIS, at the highest level, requires directors to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours in early childhood education. Administrators of school-based state pre-K programs are required to have principal certification. There are two early childhood leadership degree programs in Nevada, but no early childhood leadership academies.

Interesting Facts: Nevada

  • The annual average salary of elementary school principals in Nevada is $125,000 as compared with child care directors at $44,660.

  • College of Southern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College offer an associate degree in early childhood administration.

  • The Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS created distinct models for centers, family child care, and school districts, with a tribal model under development.