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(a) The administrator of a child care home must be at least 18 years of age. The administrator of a child care center or a child care group home must be at least 21 years of age.
(b) An administrator must be of good character and reputation, have an understanding of the development of children, the ability to care for children, and the skills to work with children, family members, department staff, community agencies, and, where applicable staff of the child care facility.
(c) The administrator of a child care center must have management and supervisory skills necessary to plan and evaluate programs, select and supervise personnel, including delegation of responsibility and motivation of staff, and handle finances.
(d) The administrator of a child care center must have 12 semester hours of college credit in early childhood development, child development, child psychology, or the equivalent, such as a current CDA credential. College credit in management may substitute for three of the 12 required hours. The administrator of a child care center for school-aged children may substitute relevant college courses, except that three semester hours of college credit in child development are required.
(e) Unless the administrator has a bachelor's degree in child development or the equivalent, the administrator of a child care center shall participate in continuing education in addition to the semester hours required by (d) of this section, by obtaining at least three semester hours of college credit in courses relevant to children's care and development every two years. An administrator with a bachelor's degree in child development or the equivalent shall participate in continuing education by obtaining at least three semester hours of college credit in courses relevant to children's care and development every three years. Forty-five documented clock hours of training relevant to children's care and development may be substituted for the three semester hours required by this subsection. An administrator must meet the requirements of this subsection by August 1, 2003.
(f) In addition to the requirements of this section, an administrator must meet the applicable caregiver qualifications for the type of child care facility set out in 4 AAC 62.210.
(g) The designated administrator shall submit to the licensing representative the names, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers of four individuals, at least three of whom are unrelated to the person, who can provide references attesting to the person's good character, reputation, and interpersonal skills and, if applicable, professional skills.
(h) The licensing representative will assess the qualifications of the designated administrator. If the review shows that the person is not qualified under this section, the licensing representative will inform the child care facility that the person may not serve as an administrator and that the child care facility's license is subject to denial or revocation unless a qualified administrator is designated within 30 days.
History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145; am 2/8/2002, Register 161
Authority: AS 14.37.020
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