The Child Care Program will prepare you for a career in early childhood development. As part of the program, students will learn about the growth and development of children from infancy through age eight.
The program provides mid- and higher management skills needed to work in kindergarten, nursery schools, day care centers and special programs. Emphasis is placed on creating a stimulating environment that enhances the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. You will study how to plan and manage educational programs. In addition to classroom instruction, you will have the advantage of gaining experience in Moraine Valley's Children's Learning Center on campus.
The Department of Children and Family Services requires an Associate in Applied Science degree to teach in a child care facility. Students who plan to become early childhood teachers in the public school system need to complete a bachelor's degree, as well as state certification requirements. Selected child care courses can be used to meet state teacher certification requirements and bachelor's degree requirements. Moraine Valley does have articulation agreements with selected four-year institutions. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
Recent high school graduates may be eligible for college credit for selected child care vocational skills courses completed in high school.
Moraine Valley Community College offers the Director Credential—Level 1, ECE—Level 4, and Infant/Toddler—Level 4.
Nature of Work—This program trains you for employment in child care and day care centers as teachers, aides, and directors. Directors must be at least 21 years old; teachers must be 19.
Related Job Titles—Child care teacher, early childhood teacher, preschool teacher, nursery school teacher, day care worker, center director, child care director, aide, and assistant
Employment Outlook—Child care workers are expected to experience job growth that is faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects will be excellent because of the many workers who leave and need to be replaced.
Employment of child care workers is projected to increase by 11 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Child care workers will have a very large number of new jobs arise, almost 142,100 over the decade projected. The proportion of children being cared for exclusively by parents or other relatives is likely to continue to decline, spurring demand for additional child care workers. Concern about the safety and supervision of school-aged children during nonschool hours also should increase demand for before- and after-school programs and the child care workers who staff them.
The growth in demand for child care workers will be moderate, however, because of an increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, which hire mostly preschool workers instead of child care workers. While only a few states currently provide targeted or universal preschool programs, many more are considering or starting such programs. A rise in enrollment in private preschools is likely as the value of formal education before kindergarten becomes more widely accepted. More states moving toward universal preschool education could increase employment growth for child care workers.
High replacement needs should 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. Many child care workers must be replaced each year as they leave the occupation to fulfill family responsibilities, to study, or for other reasons. Others leave because they are interested in pursuing other occupations or because of low wages. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Satistics, 2010-2011
Median annual earnings of the largest occupations in child daycare services in 2008—$39,940 for education administrators, pre-school and child care centers and programs in Illinois. Source: IL. Dept. of Employment Security
For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.