My college students have been interviewing preschool and childcare directors, and two have interviewed religious exempt (exempt from licensing) program directors that are not so exemplary. In fact, they do not exemplify professionalism at all.
One director says that teaching is "a calling, not a job", so all that is needed is that someone feel called. Interviewing prospective teachers means honing in on their faith statement, and their love of children, but just in case, she looks on Facebook to see if she "likes" that person. Asked about licensing, she explained that they didn't agree with licensing requirements (which include criminal background checks for potential employees; vaccination requirements, etc.). She was asked if she hires people with no experience and she replied that she does, and that the only training she had was what she called, "team building".
I could go on. But I won't. It is fair to say that, if you allow people with no idea what NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) is (yes, that is what one director said), and whose way of vetting potential teachers is to look them up on Facebook, you have a program that has no business educating young children. Our profession has gone beyond the 17th century. Children are too important to leave to this lunacy.
Parents, having religion is your preschool is a good thing. But having untrained, inexperienced directors and teachers with your children all day is not. They deserve much more.