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Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to a certification in early childhood education.Education
Childcare workers must meet education and training requirements, which vary by state. Some states require these workers to have a high school diploma, but many states do not have any education requirements for entry-level positions. However, workers with postsecondary education or an early childhood education credential may be qualified for higher level positions.
Employers often prefer to hire workers with at least a high school diploma and, in some cases, some postsecondary education in early childhood education.
Workers in Head Start programs must at least be enrolled in a program in which they will earn a postsecondary degree in early childhood education or a child development credential.
States do not regulate educational requirements for nannies. However, some employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some formal instruction in childhood education or a related field, particularly when they will be hired as full-time nannies.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in CPR and first aid.
Some states and employers require childcare workers to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children. The CDA credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.
Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) offers a nationally recognized accreditation for family childcare providers. This accreditation requires training and experience in the field, as well as a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children.Training
Many states and employers require providers to complete some training before beginning work. Also, many states require staff in childcare centers to complete a minimum number of hours of training annually. Training may include information about basic care of babies, such as how to warm a bottle, and customer-service skills.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Childcare workers must be able to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.
Decisionmaking skills. Good judgment is necessary for childcare workers so they can respond to emergencies or difficult situations.
Instructional skills. Childcare workers need to be able to explain things in terms young children can understand.
Interpersonal skills. Childcare workers need to work well with people to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.
Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, so childcare workers need to be able to respond to overwhelming and difficult situations calmly.
Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so childcare workers should have a lot of energy.
Hispanic or Latino19.8%
Black or African American0.4%
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Dallas Baptist University12.5%
University of Pennsylvania6.3%
Bellevue Hospital Center6.3%
University of Cincinnati6.3%
University of Maryland - Baltimore6.3%
University of Missouri - Columbia6.3%
Wayne State University6.3%
West Coast Ultrasound Institute6.3%
Mount Holyoke College6.3%
University of Iowa6.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Child Psychiatrist||Billings Clinic||Billings, MT||Aug 03, 2015||$250,000|
|Staff Child Psychiatrist||Children Crisis Treatment Center||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 09, 2015||$250,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Altru Health System||Grand Forks, ND||Jul 01, 2010||$220,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Signature Health, Inc.||Garfield Heights, OH||Sep 03, 2013||$210,704|
|Child Psychiatrist||Quality Choice Healthcare Inc.||Raymond, MS||Jul 11, 2011||$205,945|
|Psychiatrist/Child Psychiatrist||County of Milwaukee||Milwaukee, WI||Aug 15, 2014||$205,586|
|Staff Child Psychiatrist||Manatee Glens Corporation||Bradenton, FL||Nov 07, 2014||$205,000|
|Staff Child Psychiatrist||Centerstone of Florida, Inc.||Bradenton, FL||Feb 08, 2016||$205,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center, Inc.||Lafayette, LA||Jul 01, 2013||$195,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Quality Choice Healthcare Inc.||Raymond, MS||Jul 07, 2011||$195,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Counseling Service of Addison County||Middlebury, VT||Jul 01, 2014||$195,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center, Inc.||New Iberia, LA||Jul 01, 2013||$195,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Altapointe Health Systems, Inc.||Mobile, AL||Jul 15, 2011||$192,500|
|Child Psychiatrist||Providence Physician Services, Co.||Spokane, WA||Dec 01, 2011||$187,200|
|Child Psychiatrist||Community Guidance Center||Indiana, PA||Aug 01, 2010||$180,000|
|Adult and Child Psychiatrist||The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc.||Warsaw, IN||Jul 31, 2010||$180,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Community Reach Systems, Inc.||Thornton, CO||Jun 29, 2010||$175,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||The Community Reach Center||Thornton, CO||Jun 29, 2010||$175,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Lifespan Physician Group Inc.||Providence, RI||Oct 05, 2015||$175,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital||East Providence, RI||Oct 08, 2015||$174,470|
|Adult & Child Psychiatrist||Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.||Cuba, MO||Jul 07, 2009||$170,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Einstein Practice Plan, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Jan 11, 2010||$160,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Einstein Practice Plan, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Feb 27, 2009||$160,000|
|Staff Physician, Child Psychiatrist||Winthrop-University Hospital||Mineola, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$155,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Burrell, Inc.||Springfield, MO||Feb 22, 2016||$155,000 -
|Child Psychiatrist||The Village for Families & Children, Inc.||Hartford, CT||Jul 01, 2013||$150,051 -
|Child Psychiatrist||Visiting Nurse Service of New York-Home Care, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2015||$150,000|
|Child Psychiatrist||Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital||East Providence, RI||Jul 22, 2010||$150,000|
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