LIB 8 - Information Competency for Job Seekers & CalWORKS Students

Early Childhood Education Careers

Child care can be an exciting and rewarding field. Working in child care presents a wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children and their families in your community. Research has demonstrated the significance of a child’s early years for brain development. It also has confirmed the importance of the early childhood workforce, and the education of the workforce, and its impact on children and high-quality child care. The child care and early education profession encompasses people who work with young children and families in a variety of settings, including center-based programs, school-age programs, family child care homes, group child care homes, child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies, early intervention settings, and early childhood special education programs. Early childhood education also includes professionals working with other early childhood professionals and parents.


Career Opportunities in Education & Related Services (2006)
Details the many job opportunities available in schools, including pre-K-12 teaching specialists, early childhood program director, teacher aide, child care aide, children’s librarian, and childbirth educator.

Careers in Focus: Child Care (2006)
Describes careers working with children, such as child life specialists, preschool teachers, children’s librarians, coaches, creative arts therapists, guidance counselors, special education teachers, and speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Opportunities in Child Care Careers (2007)
Provides historical background of child care career field, details federal legislation, suggests career strategies, describes education and training needs, and describes some careers including child development associate, prekindergarten/nursery school teacher, prekindergarten associate, and parent educators.


Child and Family WebGuide
Developed by Tufts University, this site offers five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health, and resources/recreation. The first four categories provide research-based information. - America's Children 2005 - Highlights
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics provides detailed information on the well-being of children and families. Topics include population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior, social environment, and education
A site for early childhood educators that provides articles, arts and crafts projects and links to related sites.

Early Connections: Technology In Early Childhood Education
Connecting technology with the way young children learn, this site offers research-based resources for those who work with children ages eight and younger

Everything Preschool
Includes lesson plans, theme ideas, articles and recipes

Facts for Families
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides 90 fact sheets on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

Head Start
This national program promotes school readiness by enhancing children's social and cognitive development through education, health, nutritional, social and other services to children enrolled in the program. This site features information about projects, services, grants, research, statistics, budget and policy information.

The Music and Science Information Computer Archive
Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, this site includes all issues of MuSICA Research Notes, a newsletter which analyzes research on music and behavior, including brain mechanisms, child development, perception, learning, and other related topics.

National Center for Childcare
Networks with universities, professionals and practitioners to bring practical information and resources to those who work with children everyday.

National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)
Supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), it "focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight."

Created by a technology jouranlist, this site provides information on keeping kids safe on the Internet.

Society for Research in Child Development
Scholarly site which promotes multidisciplinary research in the field of child development.

Zero to Three
This site focuses on the healthy development of children from birth to age three. It contains iinformation on a baby's social, emotional, and intellectual development.

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