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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL • Be comfortable working with people of varied racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds • Know local, state, and national standards and requirements for child care programs that serve children from birth to five years • Conduct verification visits during early childhood pro- grams’ usual operating hours • Be bilingual, if conducting a bilingual verification visit • Speak the language of the Monolingual Specialization, if conducting a monolingual verification visit • Have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in one of these disciplines: • Early childhood education/child development • Elementary education/early childhood education • Home economics/child development • Have studied, within the degree held, a minimum of eigh- teen credit hours or twenty-four quarter hours of course- work in early childhood education/child development, specific to children from birth to five years old • Possess sufficient experience to meet one of these two requirement options: • Option 1. Those who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher need at least two years working in a child care setting serving children from birth to five years old, with one year spent working directly with children as a caregiver, teacher, social worker, or similar role, and one year supporting the professional growth of at least one other adult. • Option 2. Those who hold an associate’s degree need at least four years working in a child care setting with children from birth to five years old, with at least two years working directly with children as a caregiver, teacher, social worker, or similar role, and two years supporting the professional growth of at least one other adult. The PD Specialist can be chosen from among people you know who have received this certification in your area or from among those listed in the Council’s PD Specialist Directory. You can access the PD Specialist Directory on the Council’s website at www.yourcda.org/Find-a-PDS/pds_search.cfm. 14 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Chapter 1