10A NCAC 09 .2829          QUALITY POINT OPTIONS

Operators may earn one additional quality point toward a voluntary rated license as described in Rule .2802 of this Section as follows:

(1)           Education options:

(a)           Completing additional education coursework as follows:

(i)            An Infant and Toddler Certificate, by 75 percent of infant and toddler teachers,

(ii)           An A.A.S. or higher in early childhood education or child development by 75 percent of teachers,

(iii)          A BA or BS or higher in early childhood education or child development by 75 percent of lead teachers,

(iv)          An A.A.S. or higher in early childhood education or child development by all lead teachers,

(v)           A North Carolina School Age Care Credential or have completed six semester hours in school-age coursework by 75 percent of group leaders, or

(vi)          An Infant and Toddler Certificate or has a BA or BS or higher in early childhood education or child development by a family child care home provider;

(b)           Completing 20 additional annual in-service training hours for full-time lead teachers and teachers, and staff working part-time completing additional hours based on the chart in Rule .0707(c) of this Chapter;

(c)           Completing 20 annual in-service training hours for family child care home providers in addition to those required by Rule .1705(b)(5) of this Chapter;

(d)           75 percent of lead teachers and teachers having at least 10 years of documented and confirmed by the Division early childhood work experience;

(e)           All lead teachers and teachers having at least five years of documented and confirmed by the Division of early childhood work experience employed by no more than two different employers;

(f)            Having a combined turnover rate of 20 percent or less for the administrator, program coordinator, lead teachers, teachers and group leader positions over the last 12 months if the program has earned at least four points in education;

(g)           In a stand alone school age program, 75 percent of group leaders having at least five years verifiable school-age work experience employed in no more than two different school-age settings; or

(2)           Programmatic options:

(a)           Using a curriculum as defined in Rule .0102(7) of this Chapter.  This programmatic option is not available to facilities that are required to use an approved curriculum in accordance with Rule .2802(d) of this Section;

(b)           Having group sizes decreased by at least one child per age group from the seven point level as described in Rule .2818(c) of this Section;

(c)           Having staff/child ratios decreased by at least one child per age group from the seven point level as described in Rule .2818(c) of this Section;

(d)           Meeting at least two of the following three programs standards:

(i)            Having enhanced policies which include the following topics: field trip policy, staff development plan, medication administration, enhanced discipline policy, and health rules for attendance;

(ii)           Having a staff benefits package that offers at least four of the following six benefits: paid leave for professional development, paid planning time, vacation, sick time, retirement or health insurance; or

(iii)          Having evidence of an infrastructure of parent involvement that includes at least two of the following:  parent newsletters offered at least quarterly, parent advisory board, periodic conferences for all children, or parent information meetings offered at least quarterly;

(e)           Completing a 30 hour or longer business training course by a family child care home   provider;

(f)            Completing a business training course and a wage and hour training by the center administrator that is at least 30 hours total;

(g)           Restricting enrollment to four preschool children in a family child care home; or

(h)           Reducing infant capacity by at least one child from the seven point level for a family child care home as described in Rule .2828(g)(3) of this Section.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3; S.L. 2011-145, s. 10.7(b);

Eff. May 1, 2006;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2006;

Recodified from Rule .2823 Eff. August 1, 2012;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2015; September 1, 2012.