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Under the Weather carefully selects our staff to ensure top quality personnel. Each employee must pass a criminal background check done by the Department of Human Services before being allowed to care for your child. Additionally, they are required to undergo extensive training in all of Under the Weather policies and procedures, which have been approved by the State of Minnesota for licensure. Our staff are highly paid and dedicated to providing the best comfort and care for your child.

Staff Distribution

Under the Weather must ensure that the following requirements for staff distribution are met and a written staff distribution record is kept in the administrative record.

  • Only a staff person who is qualified as a teacher, assistant teacher, or aide and who works directly with children can be counted in meeting the staff to child ratios.
  • An assistant teacher may be substituted for a teacher during morning arrival and afternoon departure times if the total arrival and departure time does not exceed 25 percent of the center’s daily hours of operation.
  • Under the Weather is required to maintain a ratio of no more than 4 children per staff member.
  • Staff distribution within each age category must follow the pattern below:
    • The first staff member needed to meet the required staff to child ratio must be a teacher.
    • The second staff member must have at least the qualifications of a child care aide.
    • The third staff member must have at least the qualifications of an assistant teacher.
    • The fourth staff member must have at least the qualifications of a child care aide.
    • The pattern must be repeated until the number of staff needed to meet the staff to child ratio has been achieved.

Staff Qualifications

  • DIRECTOR:  a director must be at least 18 years old.  They must be a graduate of high school or hold an equivalent diploma attained through successful completion of the GED.  They must have at least 1040 hours of paid or unpaid staff supervision experience and have at least nine quarter credits or 90 hours earned in any combination of accredited courses in staff supervision, human relations, or child development.
  • TEACHER:  A teacher must be at least 18 years old. A teacher must have at least one of the specific credentials required by the State of Minnesota. For a detailed list of these credentials please Click Here.
  • ASSISTANT TEACHERS: An assistant teacher must work under the supervision of a teacher. An assistant teacher must be at least 18 years old and must hold at least one of the specific credentials required by the State of Minnesota. For a detailed list of these credentials please Click Here.
  • TEACHER AIDES: “aide” means a staff person who carries out childcare program activities under the supervision of a teacher or assistant teacher. An aide who is under 18 years old must be directly supervised by a teacher or assistant teacher at all times except when the aide is assisting with the supervision of sleeping children or assisting children with washing, toileting, and diapering. An aide must be at least 16 years old.

Qualification List for Teacher Position:

  1. A high school or General Education Development (GED) as assistant teacher diploma & Experience: 4,160 hours. Education: 24 quarter credits.
  2. Diploma from Association Montessori International; pre primary credential, primary diploma, provisional certificate from the American Montessori Society, without credits a baccalaureate degree.
    1. Experience: 2,080 hours as assistant teacher, aide or student intern.
    2. Education: 12 quarter credits (in addition to Montessori credential).
  3. Pre primary credential, primary diploma, or provisional certificate from the American Montessori Society; or diploma from the Association Montessori International with a baccalaureate degree.
    1. Experience: 1,040 hours  as assistant teacher, aide, or student intern.
    2. Education: no additional required.
  4. Minnesota technical institute certificate a Child Development Assistant.
    1. Experience: 2,080 hours as an assistant teacher.
    2. Education: six quarter credits.
  5. Child Development Associate credential (center based or, family day care) for preschool, or for infants and toddlers from the Early Childhood Professional Council for Recognition
    1. Experience: 1,560 hours as assistant teacher aide or student intern.
    2. Education: no additional required.
  6. License from the Minnesota Department of Education for Pre kindergarten Associate or a certificate or credential a two-year program from an accredited community college or technical college in child development or early childhood education.
    1. Experience: 1,040 hours for as assistant teacher, aide, or student. intern
    2. Education: six quarter credits.
  7. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in any field & Experience: 1,040 hours as assistant teacher, aide, or student intern.
    1. Education: 18 quarter credits.
  8. License from the Minnesota Department of Education for elementary education without kindergarten endorsement.
    1. Experience: 520 hours as assistant teacher, aide, or student intern if teaching children under school age.
    2. Education: six quarter credits within one year of initial employment if teaching children under school age.
  9. License from the Minnesota Department of Education for pre kindergarten/nursery, or a license from the Minnesota Department of Education for elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement.
    1. Experience: no additional required.
    2. Education: no additional required.

 

Qualification List for Assistant Teacher position:

  1. High school General Education or Development (GED) diploma.
    1. Experience: 2,080 hours as an aide or student intern equivalency.
    2. Education: 12 quarter credits
  2. Minnesota license as a family day care or group family day care provider.
    1. Experience: 2,080 hours as a licensed family day care provider day care or group.
    2. Education: 12 quarter credits
  3. Diploma from Association Montessori International or pre primary credential, primary diploma or provisional certificate.
    1. Experience: 520 hours as an aide or student intern.
    2. Education: three quarter credits from the American Montessori Society
  4. Minnesota technical institute certificate as a Child Development Assistant.
    1. Experience: 520 hours as an aide or student intern.
    2. Education: no additional required.
  5. Two years full-time post secondary education from a college or university.
    1. Experience: 1,040 hours as an aide or student intern.
    2. Education: nine-quarter credits.
  6. Child Development Associate credential (center based or family day care) for preschool or for infants and toddlers from the Council for  from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.
    1. Experience: no, additional required.
    2. Education: no additional required.
  7. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in any field.
    1. Experience: no additional required.
    2. Education: nine quarter credits.
  8. Certificate or credential for a two year program in child development or early childhood education at a Minnesota community college or technical college.
    1. Experience: no additional required.
    2. Education: no additional required.
  9. License from the Minnesota Department of Children Families, and Learning for Pre kindergarten Associate.
    1. Experience: no, additional required.
    2. Education: no additional required.