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Career Pathways in Early Childhood & Family Studies

Explore the many career pathways available to those with a degree in ECFS.

Mary Clevenger-Bright

on 11 January 2017

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Career Pathways in ECFS
Family & Community

Children’s Media, Technology, & the Arts
Public Policy/Advocacy
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There are many ways to work with and support young children and families!
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There are a number of career paths and possibilities in the field of early learning. Driving this car through this Prezi community will take you on a journey of career exploration.
Early Learning
National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org
Reggio- Inspired http://reggioalliance.org/narea/
Montessori http://www.amshq.org/
Waldorf http://www.waldorfearlychildhood.org/membership.php
Head Start/ECEAP www.nhsa.org
Universal PreK, http://www.seattle.gov/education/child-care-and-preschool/seattle-preschool-program
Head Start, http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/careers
NAEYC Accredited/ State QRIS enrolled programs

Interested in working directly with children 3-5 years old?....in public or privately funded settings, all focused on high quality environments for learning and development.
Birth - 3 YeaRs
The first three years of life are a time of amazing growth in all areas of development. Working with this age-group allows you to support foundational moments in social emotional, language, and motor development.
Birth -3Years

NAEYC www.naeyc.org, Zero to Three zerotothree.org

 Home Visiting: Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers
 Infant Mental Health, http://www.waimh.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
Infant/Toddler learning and care
 Early Head Start
 Public Health
 NAEYC Accredited/ State QRIS enrolled programs (e.g. Early Achievers in Washington State)

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
The early childhood years include ages 5-8, providing opportunity to become a kindergarten and early primary grades teacher in both public and private educational settings.
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

(Pre-K-3rd Grade National Work Group)
 Pursue certification to be elementary teacher
 Before and After School Programs
 Para Education/ Instructional Support

Special Education
There are multiple ways to be involved in working with children with special needs; from the birth to age 3, preschool, and elementary years....as teachers, instructional assistants, or specialists.
Special Education
Division for Early Childhood, http://www.dec-sped.org/
Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org
 Home Services
 Inclusion Early Care & Learning Settings
 Applied Behavior Analysis
 Developmental Preschools through local school districts (IDEA)
 Early Intervention (Kindering, Boyer's Children Center)
 Para Education/Instructional support

Family & Community Engagement
Children develop in the context of relationships, and families are their first teachers. Work in family and community support organizations is an important way to engage families in children's learning and development.
Family & Community Engagement
National Center on Family, Community Engagement
 Parent-Child Home Visitor
 Play Group Facilitator
 Family Engagement Coordinator at Community-based Organization (CBO)
 Head Start/ Early Head Start
 Community-based Organizations (Neighborhood House/ Children’s Home Society)
Parent Educators

Social Work
The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors. [https://socialworkers.org/practice/default.asp]
Social Work

National Association of Social Workers
 Pursue Graduate Degree
 Therapeutic Early Learning Settings (Childhaven)

Working in the health related field could involve prevention, wellness, community and public health, nutrition, or positions in the medical field.
♣ Pursue further preparation
• Nursing, pediatrics, pediatric dentistry
• Developmental/Clinical Psychology
• Global/Public Health
• Speech & Hearing Science
• Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
• Registered Dietician
• School Psychologist/Counselor
Nurse Practitioner (Seattle University)
♣ Pursue specialty certification
• Infant Mental Health
• Child Life Therapy
♣ Assistant Positions
• OT Assistant, Dental Assistant
• Community Nutrition Programs
• Community Health Centers
• Seattle Children’s Research Institute

City, county, state, and national government entities play critical roles in enacting policies and programs and advocating for the funding to make them a reality.
Organization: National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Head Start Association
City of Seattle
Washington State Department of Early Learning
National Head Start Association

Public -Private PartnerShips
Organization: National Center for
Children in Poverty, nccp.org
♣ Thrive by Five
♣ Child Care Resource & Referral
Gates Foundation

Policy Initiatives
Organization: National Association for the Education of Young Children, naeyc.org
♣ QRIS [Early Achievers]
♣ Reach Out & Read
♣ Universal Pre-K

MEdia, Technology, & The Arts
The world of children's literature, television, publications, and technology is rich in resources for learning and development.
Organization & Approaches:
♣ Museums, Zoos, Parks & Rec: Association of Children’s Museums [www.childrensmuseums.org)
♣ Libraries: Association for Library Service to Children [www.ala.org/alsc]
♣ Publications, Television, & Technology: The Children’s Television Network [childrenstelevisionnetwork.com]; Fred Rogers Center [www.fredrogerscenter.org]
♣ Seattle Children’s Museum Play Facilitator
♣ Assistant Preschool Teachers/ Sports Instructors, Coaches
♣ KCTS Channel 9, Internship Program/
♣ Library Associate I or II [and/or further preparation]
Seattle's Child and other family/parenting publications

Media, Arts, & Technology
Family Child Care
Family child care homes are another
place where families place children.
This is childcare provided within someone's home. The curriculum and approaches to care vary widely. This can also include a nanny or au pair position.
Leadership and Administration

There are also opportunities to be leaders or administrators
in early childhood programs. Each center needs a director and support staff in order to function well.
Pursue further preparation - P-3 Certificate or masters degree
Director at a child care program
Owner at a family child care or a center

Professional development: coaching & training
Training and Technical Assistance
Curriculum or Materials Development

ECEAP or Early Achievers coach
Head Start or Child Care training and technical assistance network
Zero to Three

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