Careers in Childcare

August 6, 2021

If you are interested in a childcare career, now is a great time to start working toward one. Not only are there a variety of positions that may be available to you in the field, the demand for workers to fill those roles is steadily on the rise. In Southwest Ohio alone, for example, the need for childcare workers is expected to increase by 7.1% through 2026, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

To position yourself for a childcare career, Chatfield’s associate of applied science in early childhood education degree program can help. Through this undergraduate program, you will learn everything from how to create a safe environment for children to play and learn, to how to advocate for children with specific needs.

Your Chatfield associate’s in early childhood education coursework also follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s standards of excellence for early childhood workers. This means you can rest assured that your education and training will prepare you with the credentials you need for a childcare career in Ohio and beyond.

Here’s a checklist of potential childcare careers that may be available to you with your early childhood education degree from Chatfield and how to become a teacher. Please note that some of these positions may require other training, certifications, or additional education.

Daycare teacher/childcare worker

Childcare and daycare workers nurture the development of children while tending to their needs, from preparing meals, snacks, and activities, to tracking children’s progress and monitoring them for potential problems.

For this childcare career, you could work in a center, out of your own home, or inside a client’s home, part-time or full-time.

Qualifications to be a childcare worker may vary depending on the state and setting in which you would like to work. By earning your associate degree in early childhood education at Chatfield, you would successfully set yourself up for this childcare career — and you may even be able to start while you’re working toward your degree and begin earning an entry level teacher salary.

In Chatfield’s classrooms, you’ll learn from professors who share real-life experiences to help prepare you for situations you may face throughout your childcare career.

Your Chatfield associate degree can also help you earn the salary you deserve. In the Cincinnati area, childcare workers earned an average of $12.03 per hour in 2020, or $25,010 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Head Start or preschool assistant teacher

After graduation or while you’re earning your A.A.S. from Chatfield, you could work as a Head Start or preschool assistant teacher.

Head Start assistant teacher qualifications vary depending on location and other factors. Typically, the position requires you to be enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program, and potentially a Child Development Associate credential program, which you may complete within two years of your hire, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Your associate in early childhood education from Chatfield will help you gain several qualifications and skills to help you in the classroom and in other childcare careers, including teaching techniques and others.

Teaching assistants earned an average of $29,600 in the Cincinnati area in 2020, according to the BLS — just above the national median annual salary of $28,900 for workers in this field.

These childcare career options also are projected to grow by 4% through 2029, according to the BLS.

Preschool teacher at Head Start or similar center

To teach preschool at an institution or center such as Head Start, you must have an associate or bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or a related field, according to the HHS.

If you would like to teach preschool or lead an early childhood education program (for grades PreK–3) in Ohio, your associate in early childhood education from Chatfield can help you obtain the professional licensure and certifications you need to teach.

Through your Chatfield coursework, you’ll learn what Ohio’s licensing exams cover and gain the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to pass them and start your childcare career teaching preschool.

Preschool teachers in the Cincinnati area earned an average of $15.16 per hour and $31,540 per year in 2020, according to the BLS.

Home visitor through Head Start and Early Head Start

Home visitors provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families by visiting their homes versus meeting inside centers. People in this childcare career talk with parents and families about child development, interactions with children, activities, and more.

Requirements and other considerations for this childcare career can vary depending on location and other factors. According to the HHS, you must have a Child Development Associate credential or an associate, bachelor’s, or other degree that covered the equivalent coursework. This could potentially include your A.A.S. in early childhood education degree from Chatfield.

While working toward your associate in early childhood education at Chatfield, you’ll learn how to track student progress and identify children who need extra help. You’ll also learn how community agencies work with families and children, so you can connect families with those resources whenever you see a need.

Annual salaries for this childcare career will vary depending on your local area, your experience, and other factors.

Support when you need it

Now that you know more about the childcare careers you could get with your A.A.S. in early childhood education, let’s talk about how Chatfield can help you along the way. While studying online and in person, we’ll support you now and in the future.

Our class sizes are small, so you’ll have more opportunities for one-on-one time with your instructors to get answers to your questions. They’ll also be there to guide and mentor you.
With help from Chatfield’s academic advising department, you’ll develop an educational plan that aligns with your childcare career aspirations, goals, and values. From tutoring and academic advising to IT support and career counseling, Chatfield is here to help you succeed.

Qualifications to Work in Childcare

Your AAS in early childhood education from Chatfield will help you gain qualifications to work in childcare.

Learn more about Chatfield’s AAS in Early Childhood Education

Review our associate in early childhood education page to learn more about how this two- to three-year program can prepare you for your future childcare career.

Contact a Chatfield enrollment advisor

If you’d like to connect with someone about your future at Chatfield, please call the St. Martin campus at (513) 873-3344, the Cincinnati campus at (513) 921-9856, or email

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Are you ready to start your journey to a childcare career with an associate degree from Chatfield? Begin your free college application.

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