Child Care Assistant
As a Child Care Assistant, you provide care in school settings, day care centers, licensed day care homes, and other child care environments, working under the direction of staff members who are responsible for planning and supervising the children’s activities.
In this program, you will:
- Combine the theoretical and practical study of child development and early childhood education with the unique aspects of the child care setting.
- Explore the specific developmental, emotional, and recreational needs of young children through application of art, literature, and play activities for the infant, toddler, and pre-schooler.
- Prepare for an entry-level early child care assistant position.
Your studies prepare you for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment and process, the national credential recognized by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is listed as a qualification for teaching staff and/or directors in child care regulations in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The CDA courses are ECE101B, ECE111B, ECE165, and ECE191.
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- The average annual salary for Child Care Assistants is $19,670.
- Jobs in the child day care services industry are projected to grow about 34 percent through 2016, which is higher than average.
- Growing numbers of parents have jobs that require work during weekends, evenings, and late nights. As a result, demand will grow significantly for programs that can provide child care during both traditional and nontraditional hours.
- In this field, working hours can sometimes be unpredictable. Many child care centers are open 12 or more hours a day and cannot close until all of the children are picked up.