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Child care licensing minimally requires directors to have a CDA with 120 clock hours of child-related training, two years of programmatic experience (with one year experience in a supervisory capacity), and 16 clock hours of annual training.  Virginia does not have a director credential. Pre-K certification is available for principal licensure, however, neither pre-K content nor experience is required. At the highest level of the statewide QRIS, a director must have a minimum of 24 semester hours in child-related coursework. The state pre-K program, Virginia Preschool Initiative, is provided in schools, Head Start, and community organizations; it does not have any specific requirements for program administrators. There are no degree programs in early childhood administration or early childhood leadership academies in the state.


Interesting Facts: Virginia

  • The salary for directors ($51,800) ranked 9th in the nation.

  • There are 980 ECE program directors and 3,718 family child care providers in Virginia.

  • The state pre-K initiative is a mixed delivery model and is funded from lottery proceeds.