JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska child care providers are concerned drastic changes could be coming to preschools throughout the state.

The Juneau Empire reports a 51-page document outlining proposed changes from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program Office says an administrator of a child care facility with current certification would need to have a bachelor’s degree in a child care related field and in-service training, and an administrator without a current certification would need a master’s degree in a related field and in-service training.

Teachers and administrators without higher education currently have the option of earning a Child Development Associate credential through the Council for Professional Recognition. This credential would no longer apply under the proposed regulations.

There is no timeline on when these changes could take place.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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