AN ACT TO CREATE ADDITIONAL WAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO EARN A NORTH CAROLINA EARLY CHILDHOOD CREDENTIAL.
Senate amendment to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.
Replaces the implementation directive to the North Carolina Child Care Commission (Commission) for the Credential Rule, 10A NCAC 09 .0102(32), which the Commission must amend the Rule to reflect, with the following. Specifies that the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NC ECC) means the State early childhood credential that is based on any of the following: (1) an NC ECC based upon completion of required early childhood coursework taken at any State community college; (2) a currently active Child Development Associate Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition, a Certified Child Care Professional Credential from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, or a Montessori Credential from any of the the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, American Montessori Society, National Center for Montessori Education, or Association Montessori Internationale; (3) a passing score on a test developed by the early childhood faculty of the NC Community College System designed to demonstrate an individual's mastery of the concepts taught in early childhood coursework taken at any State community college; or (4) other equivalencies as determined by the Division of Child Development and Early Education, Department of Health and Human Services. (previously, allowed for an NC ECC based on completion of required early childhood coursework at any State community college; a Child Development Associate Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition; or a passing score on a test approved by the Commission to demonstrate mastery of early education concepts taught at any State community college). Adds a new provision to deem that other equivalencies earn the same education points in the Quality Rating Improvement System toward a Star Rating as the NC ECC.