Infants and Toddlers
Birth to three is the time when the most rapid brain development occurs. Early experiences matter as it is when the foundation for future learning is built. Staff who work with infants and toddlers are often referred to as primary caregivers. Primary caregivers provide care that is based on relationships with their children. They recognize the crucial importance of giving tender, loving care and assisting in the child's intellectual development through an attentive reading of each child's cues. They design environments that ensure safety, offer infants appropriate developmental challenges, and promote optimum health for children.
High quality programs that serve children ages three to five have teachers who provide rich environments and play based activities to support children's brain development. Preschool teachers facilitate children's learning of social and academic skills that prepare them for kindergarten. Learning to play with others, conflict resolution, paying attention, finishing tasks, practicing new skills, and persisting when learning something new are just some of the important skills that when learned, children use for the rest of their lives.
If you have a passion for teaching and working with adults, many early education programs have positions that allow you to do just that! From teaching parents about parenting and activities they can do with their children in the home environment; helping parents set family goals and referring them to other organizations that can meet needs that they have; training and coaching teachers and caregivers; to working with parents and health professionals to identify and treat medical and dental issues - honoring parents as their child's first teacher begins by working with adults.
There are an array of essential positions needed to keep any early education program operating. Program accountants, secretarial staff, data analysts, enrollment specialists who families into programs, cooks, monitoring and quality assurance staff, event specialists, and management staff are just some of the other jobs that may be available in an early education program near you.