Becoming a Childcare Director

Child Care Director Requirements

Section for Child Care Regulation Rule 19 CSR 30-62.102(2) (A) 2. requires that center directors and group day care home providers routinely shall be on duty during the hours of highest attendance a minimum of forty (40) hours per week. Child care directors must meet qualifications as stated in Rule 19 CSR 30-62.102(2) (A) 2. The information below explains the process for Director Certification and Facility Director Approval.
Becoming an approved director at a facility is a two-step process:

STEP 1: An individual applies for Director Certification. (see process below)

STEP 2: A facility owner submits a Facility Director Approval Request naming the individual to become the facility’s approved director. (see process below)

Director Certification

Allow 30 days for the Director Certification process to be completed. The certification process will not begin until all documents are received in the Section for Child Care Regulation (SCCR) Central Office. SCCR staff will discuss certification status with the applicant only.

Applicants must submit a Director Certification Request (BCC-71) and supporting documents to the Section for Child Care Regulation at SCCR Central Office, Director Certification, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Supporting documentation must include:

Other supporting documentation may include:

Explanation of Director Requirements

Licensing rules require a facility director to have the following education and/or work experience qualifications:

Licensed Capacity

Education and Experience

Up to 20 Children

Thirty (30) college semester credits, with six (6) of the thirty (30) credits in child-related courses; or twelve (12) months’ experience with six (6) college semester credits in child related courses; or a CDA credential; or a YDC credential.

21-60 Children

Sixty (60) college semester credits. Twelve (12) of the credits must be in child-related courses; or twenty-four (24) months’ experience and twelve (12) college semester credits in child-related courses.

61-99 Children

Ninety (90) college semester credits. Eighteen (18) of the ninety (90) credits must be in child-related courses; or thirty-six (36) months’ experience and eighteen (18) college semester credits in child-related courses.

100 or More

One hundred twenty (120) college semester credits. Twenty-four (24) of the one hundred twenty (120) credits must be in child related courses. Six (6) of the twenty-four (24) college semester credits may include courses in business or management; or four (4) years’ experience and twenty-four (24) college semester credits in child-related courses. Six (6) of the twenty-four (24) college semester credits may include courses in business or management.

Additional Information:

Facility Director Approval

Child care center owners or designees are responsible for having an approved director on staff.

To request that a director be approved for a specific facility, a Facility Director Approval Request (BCC-73) must be submitted to the facility’s Child Care Facility Specialist, along with the necessary documentation:

In addition to submitting the necessary documentation, the facility owner or designee must agree that:

Director Certification questions should be directed to CCDirectors@health.mo.gov.