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Early Childhood Career Information

Our children are our nation's most valuable resource. They need nurturing, educated, and capable people to care for them. If you are interested in a career in early education you should enjoy working with children, have a high energy level, possess a positive attitude, be friendly, creative and a good role model for young children.

Your early care and education training could lead you to other professions such as:

Child Life Specialist Children's Librarian
Pediatric Nurse Social Worker
Child Psychologist Nutritionist
Physical/Speech Therapist Elementary School Teacher


Registry & Early Childhood Career Counseling

The Career Access and Navigation of Early Childhood System (CANOES) Registry
The Registry is a statewide program that documents the qualifications of those who work in the field of early care and education. The Registry will help to provide recognition to practitioners based upon their documented training, experience, and professional achievements. Click here to visit the Registry webpage and learn more!

Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children
Hawai'i Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization composed of teachers, family childcare providers, caregivers, directors, advocates and those committed to quality early childhood programs for children birth to eight.

HAEYC is here to serve you, the early educator. If you have questions about your development as a professional, HAEYC can guide you to your goals.

Click here to visit the HAEYC website.

Types of Early Care and Education Careers

Family Child Care Provider
Are you interested in caring for children in your home? Are you able to provide that care in a safe and nurturing environment?

PATCH can help you become a family child care provider by:

  • Assisting you in becoming licensed by the State of Hawaii
  • Guiding you on setting up your child care business
  • Giving you information on child development, nutrition, health and safety issues
  • Giving you information about resources available to providers, such as the USDA Child Care Food Program that assists in paying for meals served in daycare
  • Referring parents who are looking for child care to your business

For FREE information on becoming a state licensed child care provider, contact your local PATCH office. For a listing of PATCH offices, click here. NOTE: consult the calendar page for the next FREE informational training session!

Group Child Care Center Director
A center director is responsible for the supervision of the center's program, the supervision of the staff, staff meetings, orientation and continuing education for the staff. Center Director must be at least 18 years of age, and meet one of the following three options:


EDUCATION

CREDITS

EXPERIENCE


Opt. 1

Bachelor’s Degree (any field) from an accredited college or university

Early childhood/child development courses preferred

2 years of experience working with children

At least one year of experience must be in an early care & education setting

Opt. 2

2 years of college

Early childhood/child development courses preferred

4 years of experience working with children

At least one year of experience must be in an early care & education setting

Opt. 3

CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)

 

4 years of experience working with children

At least one year of experience must be in an early care & education setting

Infant/Toddler Center Director


EDUCATION
CREDITS
EXPERIENCE


Opt.1

Bachelor's Degree in early childhood/child development, or related field from an accredited college or university


30 hours of I/T course work from accredited teacher training program/institute

12 months of full time experience working with children under 36 months in a licensed group care setting





Opt.2

2 years college education in  early childhood/child development or related field

30 hours of I/T course work from accredited teacher training program/institute

24 months of full time experience working with children under 36 months in a licensed group care setting

Group Child Care Center Teacher
A child care teacher plans, implements and supervises the daily activities for a group of children. Teachers must be at least 18 years-old and must meet one of the following options:


EDUCATION

CREDITS

EXPERIENCE


Opt. 1


Degree in early childhood or child development from an accredited college or university

 

6 months of experience working with children

Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 2


Bachelor Degree (any field) from an accredited college or university

12 credits in early childhood and/or child development

6 months of experience working with children

Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 3


Bachelor Degree (elementary education) from an accredited college or university

6 credits in early childhood and/or child development

6 months of experience working with children

Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 4

60 credits in a degreed program

Certificate in Early Childhood
(16 credits)

1 year supervised teaching experience

Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 5

CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)

 

1 year supervised teaching experience

Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Infant/Toddler Lead Caregiver

         

EDUCATION

CREDITS

EXPERIENCE


Opt. 1

Bachelor's degree in early childhood, child development, or related field

12 credits approved early childhood courses (may be part of Bachelor's degree); 30 hours approved Infant/toddler training

12 months full time experience working with children under 36 months in a licensed group care setting


Opt. 2

CDA and High School

12 credits approved early childhood courses; 30 hours approved infant/toddler training


24 months full time experience working with children under 5 years in a licensed group care setting of which 12 months must be with children under 36 months



Opt. 3

2 years college (60 credits) preferably in early childhood, child development, or related

12 credits approved early childhood courses; 30 hours approved infant/toddler training


24 months full time experience working with children under 5 years in a licensed group care setting of which 12 months must be with children under 36 months

Assistant Teacher
An assistant teacher in a group center works with children under the supervision of a teacher. An assistant teacher must be 18 years-old and will meet one of the following three options:


EDUCATION
CREDITS
EXPERIENCE

Opt. 1 2 years of college (60 credits) 9 credits in early childhood and/or child development 6 months of experience working with children
Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 2 2 years of college (60 credits) College Certificate of Recognition in Early Childhood (less than 9 credits) 6 months of experience working with children
Experience must be in an early care & education related setting

Opt. 3 CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)   6 months of experience working with children
Experience must be in an early care & education related setting


Infant/Toddler Caregiver

         

EDUCATION

CREDITS

EXPERIENCE

Opt. 1

High School Diploma/Equivalent


12 credits approved early childhood courses; 30 hours approved infant/toddler training


12 months full time experience working with children under 36 months in a licensed group care setting

Opt. 2

High School Diploma/Equivalent

30 hours approved infant/toddler training


24 months full time experience working with children under 36 months in a licensed group care setting


Opt. 3

No High School

30 hours approved infant/toddler training


36 months full time experience working with children under 36  months in a licensed group care setting



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