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Child Care


Program Description

Child care workers nurture and care for children. In addition to attending to children’s basic needs, child care workers organize activities and implement curricula that stimulate children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self esteem, and learn how to get along with others. 

Related Occupations

Social work, pediatric health, consultants, designers for children’s products, child psychologists, administrators, entertainers, family and consumer science teachers, children’s librarians, and home visitors.

Nature of Work

Helping children grow, learn, and gain new skills can be very rewarding.  The work is sometimes routine but new activities and challenges mark each day.  Child care can be physically and emotionally taxing, as workers constantly stand, walk, bend, stoop, and lift to attend to each child’s interests and problems.

Child care workers must anticipate and prevent problems, deal with disruptive children, provide fair but firm discipline, and be enthusiastic and constantly alert.  They must communicate effectively with the children and their parents, as well as with teachers and other child care workers.  Workers should be mature, patient, understanding, and articulate and have energy and physical stamina.  Skills in music, art, drama, and storytelling also are important.  Self-employed  child care workers must have business sense and management abilities.

Training and Advancement

The training and qualifications required of child care workers vary widely. Each State has its own licensing requirements that regulate caregiver training.  These requirements range from a high school diploma, national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential to community college course or a college degree in child development or early childhood education. 
 
The FCAVTS Child Care curriculum is aligned with the CDA (Child Development Associate) industry certification. Students may take the test for a CDA credential following graduation.
 

Job Outlook

Child care workers are expected to experience a job growth that is faster than the average for all occupations. High replacement needs create good job opportunities for child care workers. Qualified persons who are interested in this work should have little trouble finding and keeping a job.

Information printed in brochure was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov

Earnings

The median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of child care workers are as follows:

Elementary & secondary schools     $20,220
Civic & social organizations             $16,460
Child day care services                   $16,320
Amusement & recreation                 $16,300

Scope & Sequence

The following courses are required to complete the Allied Health program of study:

Course

Child Care I

Child Care II

Child Care III

 Credit

3

3

3

 Articulated Credit

Pennsylvania College of Technology,
Williamsport PA

Participating student must pass an occupational assessment at a proficient or advanced level, complete 9 credits  with program of study and be eligible to graduate to receive a certificate of completion by the FCAVTS.

INSTRUCTORS
Anjuli Calhoun - Central Fulton
Email:
acalhoun@cfsd.info

Linda Schriever - Southern Fulton
Email:
lschriever@sfsd.k12.pa.us