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Child Development Permits - Early Childhood/Preschool

What does my Child Development Permit authorize me to do?

  • Child Development Assistant Permit
    Authorizes the holder to care for and assist in the development and instruction of children in a child care and development program under the supervision of a Child Development Permit (CDP) Associate Teacher, CDP Teacher, CDP Master Teacher, CDP Site Supervisor, or CDP Program Director.

  • Child Development Associate Permit
    Authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program, and supervise a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • Child Development Teacher Permit
    Authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program, and supervise a CDP Associate Teacher, a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • Child Development Master Teacher Permit
    Authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program, and supervise a CDP Teacher, CDP Associate Teacher, CDP Assistant, and an aide. The permit also authorizes the holder to serve as a coordinator of curriculum and staff development in a child care and development program.

  • Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
    Authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operating at a single site; provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program; and serve as a coordinator of curriculum and staff development in a child care and development program.

  • Child Development Program Director Permit
    Authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operated at a single site or multiple sites; provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program; and serve as coordinator of curriculum and staff development in a child care and development program.

If any permit lists a School-Age Emphasis Authorization:
This authorizes you to provide all services authorized by your Child Development Permit and to provide services in the care, development, and instruction of children in before-school, after-school, and other school-age child care programs.

Can you verify whether my course work will be accepted before I send my application?

No. Commission staff will not evaluate course work by phone, fax, or e-mail. You must submit a completed application (form 41-4), processing fee, and a complete set of official transcripts showing the course work for the permit you are seeking.

I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. What courses would I need in addition to my credential that would allow me to teach preschool?

To qualify for the Site Supervisor Permit under Option 4, you will need to verify the completion of six semester units (of the 12 required) in Early Childhood Education. Elementary student teaching will meet the supervised field experience requirement if it includes kindergarten. Completing an elementary teacher preparation program also qualifies you for the School-Age Emphasis, which can be requested on your application form. Click here [PDF] for additional information.

If during the Commission's evaluation of my application it is found that I am eligible for a higher permit than what I requested, will the higher level permit automatically be granted?

No. Commission staff will conduct their evaluation based on the permit type requested on the application form.

How do I open a preschool or daycare center?

Contact the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division for this information.


Does the experience requirement have to be completed in the years immediately preceding the submission of my application?

The experience requirement will depend on the type of permit you are applying for and the option by which you qualify. The Child Development Permit options that require experience are listed below.

  • Associate Teacher Permit -- Option 1 requires 50 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last two years immediately preceding the date of application.

  • Teacher Permit -- Option 1 requires 175 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last four years immediately preceding the date of application.

  • Master Teacher Permit -- Option 1 requires 350 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last four years immediately preceding the date of application.

  • Site Supervisor -- Option 1 requires 350 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last four years immediately preceding the date of application. This experience must include at least 100 days of supervising adults.

  • Program Director -- Option 1 requires one year of site supervisor experience. This experience does not have to be completed in the years immediately preceding the date of application.

Which Child Development Permits authorize a person to supervise other employees?

  • The Child Development Associate Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Associate Teacher, a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Master Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Teacher, CDP Associate Teacher, CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Site Supervisor Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operating at a single site.

  • The Child Development Program Director Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operated at a single site or multiple sites.

Must I apply for my permit through the Child Development Consortium or can I apply directly to the Commission?

Either way is acceptable. However, you may want to ensure there are no funding-related issues that may arise due to submitting your application directly to the Commission office. Contact the Child Development Consortium for additional information.

If I completed a Child Development Program through a college must I apply submit my application through them?

Either way is acceptable. However, you may want to ensure there are no funding-related issues that may arise due to submitting your application directly to the Commission office. Contact your college for additional information.

How do I know if my course work is from a regionally-accredited college?

Click here for more information on regional accreditation

Do you have information available in Spanish?

No, not at this time.

Can I use out-of-state course work to apply for a Child Development Permit?

Yes, as long as it was completed at a regionally-accredited college or university.

Can I use course work earned outside of the United States to apply for a Child Development Permit?

Yes, as long as it has been evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency [PDF] and is found to be equivalent to course work offered at a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States.


When and how can I upgrade to a higher-level permit?

When you complete the requirements for a higher-level permit within three years from the issuance date of your current permit, submit a new application ( form 41-4 [PDF] ) , transcripts and/or letters of experience verifying your eligibility for the higher level of permit, and half of the current application fee. If more than three years has passed, you will not be eligible for the half-fee upgrade and will be required to submit a full application processing fee, with the items mentioned above.

Does the original permit need to be returned with the new application packet?

No.

Can I renew online if I have had a conviction?

Yes. During the online renewal process, you must answer all questions on the page titled 'Personal and Professional Fitness'. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, you must type an explanation in the space provided.

Is there an appeal option for the Associate Teacher Permit if the required 15 semester units were not completed?

Yes. A one-year appeal may be granted for medical reasons involving the applicant or his or her immediate family. Appeal applications should include a completed 41-4 form, transcripts showing any course work completed since the issuance of the permit, a letter from the permit holder explaining the circumstances necessitating the appeal, and a copy of a doctor's note, birth certificate, death certificate, etc., supporting the appeal request.

What qualifies as supervised field experience?

Supervised field experience may be classified as a lab, practicum, or student teaching (kindergarten level or below only). The criteria for a supervised field experience is supervision by staff from a regionally-accredited college or university, observation of the student interacting with children and earning 3 semester units of course work on an official transcript.

Does home daycare experience qualify for the site supervisor or program director permit?

No. However, exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis if the center met the standards of a facility/school, was licensed, provided curriculum instruction and cared for a significant number of children (at least 18) and employed helpers/aides. Home day care is acceptable for the teaching experience requirement if the care taker provides a program which is substantiated by letters from the children's parents.

To qualify for the Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Program Director Permit using home daycare experience, applicants must hold a Large Family Child Care Home License issued by the California Department of Social Services. Applicants for the Site Supervisor Permit must verify in addition to other requirements a minimum of 100 days supervising adults in the child care program. Applicants for the Program Director Permit must verify in addition to other requirements possession of a Large Family Child Care Home License for a minimum of one year.

How is equivalency determined when reviewing course work that may be from a department other than Early Childhood Education or Child Development?

Early childhood education (ECE) or Child Development (CD) may be found under other departments such as home economics, family science, and education. If the course title does not indicate ECE or CD, the candidate will need to get a letter from the college or university verifying that it was subsumed under another department. Be sure to include a course description or syllabi with your application whenever course content is questionable.

Which permit(s) authorize a person to supervise other employees?

  • The Child Development Associate Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Associate Teacher, a CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Master Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a CDP Teacher, CDP Associate Teacher, CDP Assistant, and an aide.

  • The Child Development Site Supervisor Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operating at a single site.

  • The Child Development Program Director Permit authorizes the holder to supervise a child care and development program operated at a single site or multiple sites.



Updated February 9, 2011