Child Care Careers Benefit Families, Communities, and Society’s Future

Child care professionals are some of the most important teachers a child will ever have. They can make a world of difference in the lives of children and their families. So if you like children and want a rewarding career working with them, Workforce Solutions encourages you to think about becoming a child care professional.

So where do you start? Workforce Solutions suggests you contact Collaborative for Children, a non-profit organization that not only helps working families find quality child care providers, but helps individuals get trained in the field.

Specifically, Collaborative for Children provides those interested with intensive, one-on-one coaching and mentoring; educational scholarships; training grounded in research-based best practices; and resources for facilities participating in quality improvement programs.

Just think of the impact you will have on young children as a care professional. Consider the fact that 90 percent of the human brain’s architecture is developed during a child’s formative first five years. By working with families, educators and community leaders you would have the opportunity to shape young lives and provide a strong start for young children so they can reach their full potential.

Today’s young children are the future of our workforce. Children who receive early intellectual stimulation in a nurturing and supportive environment generally have higher math and reading scores; higher high school graduation rates and college attendance; lower incidences of grade retention and dropout rates; fewer referrals to special education; lower crime and unemployment rates; and fewer teen pregnancies. Those are the kind of results from which our whole society can benefit. As a child care professional, you could make a real difference in this world by working with this special population.

For more information about child care training go to http://www.WeKnowChildCare.com, which is the web site for Collaborative for Children.

Andrea Francis serves as the Asst. Vice President of Family Engagement at Collaborative for Children, a Workforce Solutions Quality Improvement contractor. Collaborative for Children is a non-profit organization that works with all sectors of the Houston community to strengthen the early care and education system for young children from birth through school-aged. She has worked in the field of early care and education for 17 years and oversees the programming targeted to educate and empower parents and families.