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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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5/12/21  9:15 pm
Commenter: Samantha Brissette Center Director,

Assistant Teacher Qualifications

In order to provide quality education, we need to have quality standards. To have only two categories, Program Lead & Aide, leaves little incentive for programs to generate a path for progress. While a program lead has almost two pages of qualification options, the only item required of an aide is to be 16. 

Lack of a dedicated "Assistant Teacher" description also becomes problematic when it comes to staffing rooms during the first and last hour of the day. Regulations state a Program Lead does not need to be present, but someone at least 18 years of age needs to be in the group, therefore not  being able to utilize a "qualified" aide during opening or closing. 

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