What resources do I need as a director?

Caring for Our Children (CFOC): National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs

KDHE Licensing Regulations: Local county contacts, regulation books, background check information, staff requirements, and more!

KDHE Application for Program Director Approval

KSAEYC Early Childhood Director Credential: The Credential provides directors with a pathway to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to be successful in the early learning industry.

KCCTO Support for Directors

KCCTO supports early childhood program directors and administrators through training and communities of practice. 

Leadership Series: Two, 5-week blended format courses that combine a book study and online coursework, including assigned book readings, online course discussions/assignments, and weekly Zoom Meetings. View our courses page to find upcoming dates for these courses.

  • Developing People: This course utilizes the book The Art of Leadership: Developing People in Early Childhood Organizations, which offers practical advice from leading experts in the early childhood field on selecting, training, and appraising staff, as well as promoting teamwork among staff members. 
  • Inspiring Early Childhood Leaders: This course utilizes the book Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality by Susan MacDonald, which lays out strategies designed to support program leaders in finding new ways to reduce the levels of stress on themselves and their staff and move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose. A positive, strengths-based leadership system is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. 

Program-Specific Training: In-person, virtual, or online training for a licensed child care program. Program-specific training is limited in availability. To be considered training requests must be submitted 30 days prior to the preferred training date. Priority will be given to programs working with the Infant-Toddler Specialist Network or programs needing training for KDHE non-compliance.

Communities of Practice (CoP): A virtual gathering place to ask questions, share knowledge and ideas, network with other professionals, and explore popular topics about the early childhood profession. Visit our Communities of Practice page to learn more.

  • Program Administrators CoP: this community is designed for people that are in administrative roles in center-based or preschool settings.