SCRANTON, PA, (August 18, 2016) — Penn Foster Career School, a provider of programs designed to augment learners’ skills to increase employability, announced today it has launched a new early childhood education career diploma program. The Child Care Professional Career Diploma program is designed to help students prepare for entry-level employment working with children in either a preschool-based or home-based setting. Employment of child care workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, and overall job opportunities for child care workers are expected to be favorable. Graduates of the program will be able to apply for positions such as teacher aide, preschool aide, or in-home child care provider. The program will also provide 38 continuing education units (CEUs) for students working with children from birth through age eight.
Students in the Child Care Professional program will choose between two specializations. The choice of specialization allows students to receive concentrated training for a specific area of employment in the field of early childhood education. The Center-Based Specialization offers training for students planning to work in a child care center or preschool as an aide or assistant. The Family Child Care Specialization offers training for in-home family child care for students interested in pursuing self-employment as a child care provider. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of two optional work experiences to gain in-field training as part of their program. Penn Foster is an official partner with Bright Horizons, where students may apply for their optional work experience at a facility near them.
“We are pleased to partner with Penn Foster yet again to offer Bright Horizons as a resource to Penn Foster students,” said Nicole Burton, Vice President of US Field Recruitment at Bright Horizons. “Students in the Child Care Professional Career Diploma program may apply for work experience at any one of our centers and schools across the nation, where they can directly apply the knowledge they’ve gained from their coursework and acquire invaluable hands-on experience with a leading provider in early education, preschools, employer-sponsored child care and back-up care.”
The Child Care Professional program is also designed to help students prepare to apply for their CDA Credential--the most widely recognized credential in Early Childhood Education and a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in this field. The CDA Credential is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition, a nonprofit organization created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Penn Foster Career School’s Child Care Professional closely aligns with the eight educational areas as mandated by the Council for Professional Recognition, and can fulfill both the educational component and the professional work experience CDA Credential prerequisites. Graduates of this online child care program are also eligible to continue their early childhood education with Penn Foster College's Early Childhood Education Associate Degree.
“Through formal training and project-based learning, the Child Care Professional program will help students take the first step toward becoming professional child care providers,” said Nancy Moretti, Ed. D. (ABD), M.S., Director of Early Childhood Education at Penn Foster. “The content of the new program is relevant for individuals currently working in or aspiring to work in the field of early child care and education. Offering two specializations allows students to learn more specialized skills in a particular child care setting.”
The program also aligns to the outcomes for quality education of the NAEYC. “Penn Foster continues to add programs to the list of offerings that are aligned to industry standards to help train professionals for careers in high growth areas,” said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officers at Penn Foster. “We are thrilled to expand our portfolio of early childhood education programs, and to help students gain a competitive edge as they enter this rewarding field.”
About Bright Horizons Family Solutions®
Bright Horizons Family Solutions® is a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions. For more information, visit http://www.brighthorizons.com/
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://www.pennfoster.edu.