With a new school year approaching, many individuals may be rethinking their future careers and considering a career in early childhood education. Working with young children is one of the most rewarding jobs available today because you can help build a child's early learning foundation and help them grow up in a healthy and happy way.
Early childhood educators play a big part in shaping the future of our society by teaching children how to learn, develop social skills, and become productive members of society.
Learn about early childhood development.
Children start to learn as soon as they are born and continue to grow and learn throughout their first years. They learn by watching, imitating, and interacting with others. As they get older, they learn more complicated concepts such as cause and effect, numbers, colors, shapes, and letters.
Developmental milestones are skills like taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye." Children reach developmental milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (like crawling and walking) at their own pace. It is important for teachers who work with young children to know how children grow and change and when certain milestones are not being reached. This information is important to find the right expert to help with any problems.
As an advocate for children, teachers should take child development training often to make sure they know about the latest studies and trends in early childhood development.
At H&H Child Care Training Center, we offer a variety of courses on child development to help you keep up with each child's milestones such as:
Baby Steps to Milestones
Early Learning with Infants and Toddlers
Milestones: By Leaps & Bounds
To see a full list of our online courses, please visit out website.
Find out what it takes to become an early childhood educator.
To become a preschool teacher, each state, (and even program) has different requirements. The degrees vary from Child Development Associates (CDA) or Child Care Professional (CCP) certificate to upwards of a master’s degree in early childhood education.
The option of which degree is best, depends on the individual teacher and the age group/program they want to teach in. Typically, Head Start programs (programs funded by the Department of Health and Human Services that provide early childhood education services to low-income children and families) require at least an associate’s degree with close to 50% of their teachers having a bachelor’s degree in early childhood.
Many private programs, however, require at least the CDA or CCP to become a preschool teacher.
We here at H&H Childcare Training offer the CDA courses in a self-paced environment to help you reach your career goals! Click on our CDA Certifications Courses to learn more on how to register for this course and have a jump start to your career!