Child care center directors in Texas are responsible for ensuring that the center and employees comply with minimum standard rules of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Directors must also make sure that employees are given assignments appropriate to their training, abilities, and skills, and that all employees are supervised and that they do not work more than 10 hours in a 12-our period. Directors must obtain certification to operate a daycare center as well as meet other minimum education and experience requirements.

Ensure that you meet one of the combinations of education and experience outlined in Texas' minimum standards for licensed daycare centers. Different requirements are outlined for directors of centers licensed for more than 13 children and centers licensed for less than 13 children. For example, one of the seven options for meeting this requirement in a center licensed for more than 13 children is having a bachelor's degree with 12 credit hours in child development and three hours in business management and at least one year of experience as an employee in a licensed child care center or a registered and licensed child care home.

Enroll in a daycare director credentialing organization's program recognized by child care licensing if you do not meet one of the qualifying combinations of education and experience for daycare directors. Some include Camp Fire USA, National Child Care Association, and Child Care Management Education Services. A complete list of such organizations can be found on the licensing section of the Department of Family and Protective Services website (see Resources.)

Show that you have completed your director qualifications by submitting the following: a licensing Personal History Statement form stating your experience and education, a Request for Criminal History and Central Registry Check form, a notarized licensing Affidavit for Applicants for Employment, a licensing Governing Body/Director Designation form, and a current, original licensing Child Care Center Director's Certificate form, or an original college transcript or training certificate that verifies director education requirements, and a list of dates, addresses, phone numbers, and names that support the required experience. Most of these forms are available on the forms section of the licensing page of the Department of Family and Protective Services website.

Receive your Child Care Center Director's Certificate after licensing determines that you meet minimum standard qualifications. Whether your certificate will expire depends on the combination or experience and education you have. Refer to 746.1053 and 746.1055 of Texas' minimum standards for more information regarding your particular case (see Reference). Licensing does not charge a fee for issuing the director's certificate.