Staff Development Days in Child Care Facilities

My family lives in Washington, DC where our 2-year old son attends a licensed child care center/daycare. The facility is in the process of getting accreditation. As of last week, they informed parents that the daycare will be closed 12 days of the year for staff development days (in addition to all standard federal holidays, stipulated vacations, etc.). I consider staff development days important for obvious reasons but am curious to know if this seems reasonable or excessive. I have also reached out to our DC education office for more information but wanted to reach out to this community as well to understand your experience as I'm still new to the daycare process.

  • Jess
    Feb 03

    We are in a licensed child care center in FL and they take 1 day a year. The rest of the year they will send just a few of the staff at a time. 12 days on top of the regular seems a lot... I wouldn’t have that much vacation to take for all the days she wasn’t at daycare 😀

  • B
    Feb 03

    I’m in DC and mine takes about the same. To get the tip accreditation they need a day a month.

  • Lindsay
    Feb 04

    Thank you, both. B, do you have any place to find more info on "TIP" accreditation. I cannot find anything online or on DC OSSE's website. Thank you!

  • Sara
    Feb 05

    My daughter's preschool is closed A LOT. All summer, winter break, spring break, federal holidays, and then a bunch of random Mondays throughout. It's pretty annoying but it's something they publish in advance so you know what you're getting into. One nice thing is they do offer camps during the longer breaks (winter, summer, spring) so you just have to factor into the price you're paying that you'll also be paying for camps.

  • Donna
    Feb 06

    Seems average to me. There are 10 federal holidays in a year and there is usually a state holiday or two in the mix, or maybe the day after Christmas or thanksgiving.

  • Leslie C.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 06

    I run an In Home Licensed Day Care (over 35+ Years), and in my contract, I state that along with the National Holidays that I am closed, I also take off the day after Thanksgiving & Christmas. I also state that I take 3 personal paid days off, along with one week paid vacation. That usually is the 3rd week of July.

  • Jill M.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 06

    I run an in home licensed day care (22 years) and I have in my contract 11 Holidays plus the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. I also have 2 weeks paid vacation and 6 paid personal days.

  • Lindsay
    Feb 06

    Thanks, all. My original question was around staff development days provided. If you have any information on what is provided for staff development days that would be helpful.

  • Cheryl S.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 06

    I have nevered closed more than 12 days in any calendar year. I have been in business for 20 years and have not found it necessary to be closed beyond these days. In fact 2019 we closed for only 10 days. We try to ensure we give all staff the necessary time to complete training etc and our parents are not overly tasked in finding proper care during our closure. We have been thinking about closing a week in the summer for vacation. Maybe, we will look into adding more days to our calendar.

  • Megcm1
    Feb 06

    Mine takes 4 staff development days a year, but they normally coincide with minor holidays. For example, there is one coming up on Presidents day. (2/17)

  • Niusha
    Feb 06

    We are in dc and our daycare closes early on the staff development days -so require a pickup at 430. They do close the school too- but that only happens once a year for staff days.

  • Mila
    Feb 06

    Our daycare takes a week in August for staff development. During that time, they do any re- certifications that are needed (CPR, etc), extensive cleaning/sanitizing of grounds and toys, etc. They also take all of the school holidays. So, whenever a public school would be closed (except spring break because of the development week in August) they are closed. That is pretty much the standard in California for daycare and preschool. They do give you a school year calendar, but yes, if you don't have other support (grandparents or something) its a lot.

  • victoria v.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 06

    Staff development entails conferences for new ideas like stem, class and updating our school. We also take 25-40 classes in the evening to stay up to date on the latest ways to engage children in developmentally appropriate ways. I have been in business 16 years and we too take two weeks paid vacation, all holidays, a 6 days of staff development. My day starts at 6 am and doesn’t end until 5:30. I still have to shop for food, crafts, paper products, plan curriculum, make menus, log in food served, attendance etc... there is a lot of things we do off the clock. I hope this is helpful ❤️

  • B
    Feb 07

    Sorry, that was a typo. I meant Top. I’d guess your daycare is NAEYC accredited. It’s not through the state, but is an extra certification. There’s a minimum professional development requirement. Some schools do a week off a year, and some spread it out.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 10

    My daughters center is closed on all normal school holidays. Also when schools are closed due to inclement weather. So at least 12 days a year...

  • Anonymous
    Feb 12

    Professional development is much needed. It's a time when staff is being trained on new things, it's a time when new ideas ate being bought up. It's a time where teachers update their principal/director on what they're doing. It may seem like a lot if days but it's all for the benefit of the children and parents. They also have to keep up with the required training hours per year.