Gogebic Community College

Child Care

Employment

Child care providers work in daycare centers, preschools, and family daycare homes with children under the age of five. They play an important role in shaping the kind of person a child will become. In addition to attending to children's basic needs, these workers organize activities that stimulate the children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore their interests, develop their talents and independence, build self-confidence, and learn how to get along with others.

The Child Care Program at GCC gives students a knowledge of the developmental needs of young children. The courses offer an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. This program prepares students to become assistants in the classroom (P-K-3), infant and toddler caregivers, home based child care providers, or nannies.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities are projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005. Despite the slight decline in the number of children under the age of 5, the proportion of youngsters in daycare and preschool is expected to increase.

Earnings

Pay depends on the employer and the educational level of the worker. In 1994, median weekly earnings of full-time salaried childcare workers were $260. The mid-50 percent earned $190-$330. The top 10 percent earned at least $430 and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $130.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive a certificate in Child Care:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Orientation
1
ENG 101 English Composition I or
ENG 105 Technical English
3
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
ECE 100 Intro. To Early Childhood Education
3
ECE 210 Child Guidance
3
PED 103 Standard First Aid & Community CPR
1
ECE 110 Dev Approach Practices for Early Childhood Education
3
ECE 220 Infant & Toddler Care
3
ECE 195 Practicum I in Early Childhood Educ.
3
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology
4
  Recommended Elective
3
  TOTAL CREDITS
31

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207