Early Childhood Education
Careers in Childhood Education
A career in early childhood education provides the opportunity to influence and shape many lives. Helping children grow and develop can be very rewarding.
Childcare services employed about 18 percent of all childcare workers, and about 20 percent work for private households. The remainder worked primarily in educational services; nursing and residential care facilities; religious organizations; amusement and recreation industries; civic and social organizations; individual and family services; and local government, excluding education and hospitals.
Some childcare programs are for-profit centers, which may be affiliated with a local or national company. Religious institutions, community agencies, school systems, and state and local governments operate nonprofit programs. A very small percentage of private industry establishments operate onsite childcare centers for the children of their employees.
Employment of childcare workers is projected to increase by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. There is an increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, which hire mostly preschool workers instead of childcare workers. A rise in enrollment in private preschools is likely as the value of formal education before kindergarten becomes more widely accepted.
Sandhills Community College prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.