THE OKLAHOMA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REGISTRY
The Oklahoma Professional Development Registry (OPDR) recognizes the professional development of individuals working in the early care and education field. This includes the staff of full- and part-day programs, family child care programs, and out-of-school time programs.
The Oklahoma Registry recognizes professional development through two programs:
THE OKLAHOMA DIRECTOR’S CREDENTIAL
The Oklahoma Director’s Credential verifies education and early childhood experience to place a participant at a Bronze, Copper, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level.
The Oklahoma Director’s Credential is a minimum requirement for child care center directors and is renewable annually.
Renewal of the Oklahoma Director’s Credential requires a participant to meet the minimum criteria of one of the five levels and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours. See specific requirements for each level here.
Directors with a Bronze, Copper, Silver, Gold, or Platinum credential may qualify for a wage supplement ranging from $400 to $1,200 a year.
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LADDER
The Professional Development Ladder reflects formal job related education and credentials gained through universities, 2-year colleges, technology centers, credentialing bodies, and Registry approved training sponsors. The various levels provide milestones for child care providers and connect with other areas of the state’s professional development system, such as Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), Scholars for Excellence in Child Care, and Oklahoma Child Care Wage Supplement Program.
The Professional Development Ladder is renewable annually. In order to renew, you must meet
the criteria for a level and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours. For information on specific levels and criteria, click here.
Teachers and Family Child Care Home Providers at Level 2 or above on the Professional Development Ladder may qualify for an Oklahoma Child Care Wage Supplement ranging from $400 to $2,000 a year.