Early Care and Education personnel nurture and teach young children in child care centers, nursery schools, as well as preschools, public schools, private households, family child care homes, and before- and after-school programs. They are charged to help children explore their interests, develop their talents and independence, build self-esteem and learn how to behave with others primarily using a play-centered curriculum. They capitalize on children’s play to further language development and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts. Specific emphasis is given to serving an ever-expanding multicultural and inclusive population.
At Trenholm State Community College, the student may elect to study either as a part- or full-time student with classes offered in a flexible teaching schedule. Trenholm State students will utilize the community center sites which offer practical laboratory “hands-on” working experience with infant/toddler and preschool children. Students pursuing the Child Development Associate Credential are prepared for the final assessment of the CDA credential. The CDA credential is not awarded through the school but actual preparation for the credentialing process is available through the program.
Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast for all occupations. Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations. Employment of teacher assistants is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as average. Parents will continue to need assistance during working hours to care for their children. As the number of children requiring childcare is expected to grow, demand for childcare workers is expected to grow as well.
In the past decade, early childhood education has become widely recognized as important for children’s development. Childcare workers often work alongside preschool teachers as assistants. This continued focus on the importance of early childhood education, in addition to increases in the number of children in this age group, will spur demand for preschool programs and thus for childcare workers as well.
Additional Charges based on Program Acceptance:
- Uniform/Name Badge $25.00
- Background Check $50.00
- Insurance/Annual $15.50