In demand: Tender hearts in child care

One morning on the way to daycare, my three-year-old sneezed three times in the back seat. After each one, I said “Bless you.” When she had recovered from her third sneeze, she said “I just had three bless yous and they don’t make me feel good.” I try to keep track of those moments, but they come so often, I can’t keep up with writing them down. Just think if you worked with kids all day, every day. You would have a lifetime of these quotes and stories!

Talk to anyone with kids these days and you know what short supply and high demand daycare is in. ISEEK indicates that “there will be a need for about 15,510 new Childcare Workers to meet market demand (in Minnesota) between 2010-2020.” If you love working with children, it seems that now is the time to consider a career in child care.

{Learn more about the importance of early childhood care and education from the West Central Initiative.}

While most positions in child care do not require a college degree, why not be the best in your field? The Early Childhood and Paraprofessional AS (by Distance Minnesota partner college Northland Community and Technical College) will ensure you have a solid general education background, as well as specialized knowledge about:

  • Child developmentChild and teacher at laptop in school setting
  • Theories of play
  • Imaginative learning
  • Special needs
  • Early age literacy
  • Parent and caregiver relationships
  • And more

Whether you are looking to work in a school district, child care center or in-home daycare, this program can give you the knowledge and skills to ensure you will be the best caregiver you can be.

In addition to our accredited program and large course offering, Distance Minnesota also offers support seven days a week and weeknights until 9pm. Not to mention our Pinterest board filled with teaching and daycare ideas for when you land your dream job.

Don’t hesitate! Contact an online advisor today to learn more about program faculty, credit transfer and applying for admission. There’s still time to enroll for fall 2014!

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor


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