Child Care Provider, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Child Care Providers attend to children in schools, businesses, private households, and child care institutions. They perform a variety of tasks such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play; are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care; and work as part of a team.
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Child Care series is to prepare individuals interested in working with young children, infants or pre-adolescents for an entry-level position (with room for growth) in group child care centers. CCBC offers four different course series options for students interested in this career track (see options below). The instruction in these scenarios includes skills for relating well to children and their parents or caregivers.
Students entering this program should the ability to routinely lift children and sustain long hours of active work. They need to maintain a safe play environment for children while also supporting children's emotional and social development. Their duties also require them to have good communication skills for communicating with parents about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
Career Outlook: Demand for this position is high and many local daycare facilities are looking to fill positions. This training can also be the first step to pursue a career in education or social work. Without certification in Maryland, you cannot become a senior staff or director of a childcare center or run in-home daycare.
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Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education for child care providers;
- demonstrate effective skills to work in child care settings as a professional.;
- employ proper professional communication and employability skills in the workplace while serving as a child care professional; and
- perform to a professional standard the operation of child care centers or as a family provider.