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Careers In Early Care & Education
By Ruth Harvey, Executive Director, Chemung County Child Care Council, Inc.

There are several opportunities for persons interested in working in the Early Care and Education field. The job qualifications vary depending on the position and/or the type of program chosen. The options include:


  • Teacher, Teacher Aide/Assistant in an Infant/Toddler Program or Pre-School Program
  • Family Worker/Case Manager
  • Nurse
  • Child Care Referral Counselor
  • Registration/Licensing representative
  • Early Childhood Trainer
  • College Level Teacher of Early Childhood Education
  • Program Director of an Early Care and Education Program owned and operated by a not-for-profit or proprietary owner
  • Owner of a Nursery School or Day Care Center

Types of Programs

  • Family Day Care business in your home
  • Day Care Center
  • School Age Program
  • Head Start
  • Nursery School
  • Public School Pre-K
  • Private School Pre-K
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agency
  • owner of a franchise child care business

Helpful Websites:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Child Care Aware

Child Care Law Center

National Association of Family Child Care

Did you know that local instituions offer credential programs and career-track courses for child care professionals? Learn more at the links below.

Corning Community College
Elmira College 
Empire State College

Find relevant, convenient training for you and your staff in the Child Care Council's Training Catalog. 


The Chemung County School Readiness Project offers convenient opportunities for parent learning through this website, through a parent tip line, and through DVDs.

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