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Child Care Worker

Child care aides assist providers in on-site day care facilities. They watch over and teach children who are usually under the age of five. Child care workers care about children's social, emotional, and intellectual development. To help children grow, they read them books, play games with them, sing, and give them meals and sleep time.

You can obtain a professional credential called a CDA. This stands for Child Care Development Associate. It will help you gain direct work experience and academic credit at the same time. Child care facilities now often look for this credential.

Entry-level skills: At least a high school diploma or GED, Associate or Bachelor degree is a benefit; patient and caring attitude; ability to understand and communicate written and verbal instructions; understanding of young children's developmental needs; CPR and other health-related skills; basic physical fitness and all necessary immunizations

Click here for information on training and degree programs in child care work.

Information about getting certified to work in early child care:
Child Care Development Associate (CDA)
This website explains what a Child Care Development Associate (CDA) is, how to become one, and where CDAs are eligible to work.

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)
This website provides comprehensive information about Pennsylvania's child care industry. PACCA is a nonprofit organization that advocates for parents, providers and young children.

PACCA Online-T.E.A.C.H. program
This is the CDA website for Pennsylvania. It lists schools you can apply to obtain the CDA credential.

Associate Degrees
Early Child Education
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware County Community College
Harcum College
Montgomery County Community College

Education, Elementary
Community College of Philadelphia

  • Credits should be transferred to a 4-year (Bachelor) degree program upon completion.

  • Drexel University-Transition to Teaching

    Bachelor Degrees
    Click here for information on four-year colleges and universities in Philadelphia.


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