(a)  A child care administrator who has not met the staff qualifications required by G.S. 110-91(8) shall meet the requirements in this Rule prior to exercising any child caring responsibilities as follows:

(1)           have either a high school diploma or its equivalent;

(2)           have two years of full-time work experience in a child care center or early childhood work experience; or an undergraduate, graduate, or associate degree, with 12 semester hours in child development, child psychology, early childhood education or directly related field; or a Child Development Associate Credential; or completion of a community or technical college curriculum program in the area of child care or early childhood; or one year of full-time child care or early childhood work experience and a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential; and

(3)           have verification of having completed, or be currently enrolled in, two semester credit hours, or 32 clock hours, of training in the area of early childhood program administration; or, have one year experience performing administrative responsibilities.

(b)  A child care administrator who does not meet the requirements of Paragraph (a) of this Rule may share the requirements in Paragraph (a) of this Rule with another individual, provided that prior to exercising child caring responsibilities, the individual who is responsible for planning and implementing the daily program at the center to comply with Sections .0500 and .0600 of this Chapter shall be a full-time staff member on-site who meets Subparagraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this Rule, and the other individual shall meet Subparagraph (a)(3) of this Rule and be either on-site or off-site.

(c)  Any person who is at least 21 years old and literate who was employed as an on‑site child care administrator in a child care program on or before September 1, 1986, shall be exempt from the provisions of Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule, as long as the person is employed by the same operator.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110‑91(8); 143B‑168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. October 29, 1998; April 1, 1997; November 1, 1989; July 1, 1988; January 1, 1987;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2017.