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Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers [22 VAC 40 ‑ 185]
Action Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements
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Comment Period Ends 5/12/2021
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5/10/21  9:27 am
Commenter: Jamie Childress, VP of Youth Development - YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Program Director Qualifications
 

Program Director Qualifications - Serious consideration should be given to School Age After School Programs that operate less than 30 hours per week.  A large barrier for said programs is trying to hire and recruit program director qualified staff that only wish to work 20-30 hours per week.  Current standards are written for full-day early childhood programs that operate 40+hours per week.  This is overkill.  I would suggest adding a standard that speaks to the number of hours the center is open as well as ages.  It is tough finding staff as it is, even Program Aides, and while I understand the intention, the standard is counter-productive and undermines the ability to attract and hire future teachers and child care employees, further sending programs into a downward spiral in which quality suffers and supervision is inadequate.  This is the number 1 challenge providers face in the after school space.  Program quality and supervision would improve if this standard is reviewed and amended.  

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