Eager-to-Learn Online Director's Credential Learning Community

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) points to the director's skills and training as leading indicators of overall quality in a child care program. The Eager-to-Learn Online Director's Credential addresses 10 essential skill areas needed to successfully operate a quality child care business in the 21st century.

The Directors Credential is offered in collaboration with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MNAEYC), is recognized by NAEYC and meets all the director training requirements for NAEYC Accreditation plus many state and national director administrative training requirements.

Eager-to-Learn is planning on having a Director’s Credential learning community approximately once every three months. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist to be contacted when there is space in a future credential, please contact the Program Coordinator, Brian Wray at brianw@childcareawaremn.org.

Participants in the Director Credential Learning Community attend nine online classes together, giving them a supportive learning community for the duration of the program. Students will also receive coaching as they complete an individual practicum project of interest and benefit to them and their childcare businesses.

Learning Community membership is open to child care business directors and assistant directors from throughout the United States.

Since we started our credential learning community, nearly 150 early childhood professionals have been involved in the program. Here is what some of these professionals are saying:

provider giving piggyback ride “I would definitely recommend this credential cohort to all directors. Both experienced and brand new directors–and their programs–will benefit greatly from the experience.”

“All the instructors were great and so helpful in the director cohort. They all had very effective teaching styles and were helpful if questions came up. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”

“Having the peer support was very important. Knowing that others are out there going through the same things that I am and being able to share our knowledge with each other was a very important part of the courses.”

“I really liked the online experience. It was great not having to leave my office or spend time and money traveling. The chat sessions got right to businessâ€"and we could come to the chat early to socialize if we wanted, which people often did!”


The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs remains convinced that "the director's expertise and leadership are the most important determinants of the quality of an early childhood program."

Contact Information:

For more information on Director's Credential Cohort Program contact Karen Foster-Jorgensen at karenfj@optimire.com.

Contact brianw@childcareawaremn.org or call 651-290-9704 ext. 105 to pay the credential program and course fees.

The Director's Credential is offered to early childhood directors in collaboration with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) mnaeyc-mnsaca.org.