Careers and Employment Outlook Positions in early childhood offer variety, growth, and opportunities to interact with and support the diverse cultures of children and families. Career opportunities for Early Childhood professionals might include Child Care director Child Care teacher/ teacher assistant Child Life Specialist intern Family Advocate Family Day Home Provider Latchkey worker Nanny Parent Liaison Public School paraprofessional (teacher aide) Recreation Activity Director/Specialist Resource - and - Referral Agency counselor Camp counselor VISTA Volunteer Child care workers nurture and care for children before they attend formal schooling, before and after school, and any time that the parents are away for work or other reasons. Child caregivers are responsible for attending to the child’s basic needs and keeping them safe, but also to help stimulate their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth. “They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self-esteem, and learn how to get along with others.” The job outlook is exciting for this field! The following information is taken from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos170.htm. This website is a GREAT resource for this and many occupations! Child care workers are expected to experience job growth that is faster than the average for all occupations.