Child and Human Development professionals 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, as well as family child care homes, faith-based centers, after-school programs, and summer enrichment programs. 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.
Child care workers held about 1.3 million jobs in 2012. Many worked part-time. A little over a quarter of care workers were self-employed; most of these were family child care providers. Twenty-four percent of all child care workers are found in child day care services, and about 20 percent for private households. The remainder worked primarily in local government educational services; nursing and residential care facilities; religious organizations; amusement and recreation industries; private educational services; civic and social organizations; individual and family services; and local government, excluding education and hospitals. Some child care programs are for-profit centers, which may be affiliated with a local or national company.
Preschool and Childcare Center Directors held about 64,000 jobs in 2014. Most worked for child day care services. However, some work for religious or charitable organizations and for elementary and secondary schools that have preschool and childcare programs. Fifty-one percent worked in child day care services, eighteen percent worked for religious, grant-making, civic, professional and similar organizations. Twelve percent worked for elementary and secondary schools; state, local and private schools. The remaining four percent worked for individual and family services.
Teacher assistants held 1.2 million jobs in 2014. They work in both private and public elementary, middle and high schools. They also work in preschools, childcare centers, community centers, and for religious organizations. In 2014, 77 percent of teacher assistants were employed by elementary and secondary schools and 9 percent were employed by child day care services.
Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, 2015 Survey
Additional Charges based on Program Acceptance:
- Uniform/Name Badge $25.00
- First Aid and CPR Certification $50.00
- Background Check $60.00
- Insurance/Annual $15.50
Location: Trenholm Campus - Bldg. I