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Child Care Services Management


Child care services management programs prepare people to plan, design, and manage child care businesses.

Child care services management programs teach people to create programs that meet the developmental needs of children. Students learn to provide children with a safe and healthy environment.

Child care services management programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in child care services management. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.

A few colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in child care services management. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Some programs offer practicums in their curriculum. A practicum gives you hands-on experience working in child care. You also get the benefit of guidance and supervision from an experienced child care worker. You might help a manager run a day care center by watching the kids and holding individual conferences with parents.

Things to Know

Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Although internships are not required in this program of study, they are a way to meet prospective employers and possibly acquire references.

Several national associations offer programs you take after graduation that allow you to earn a professional credential in child care.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College (Omak Campus)

King-Snohomish Area

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (South Campus)

Clover Park Technical College

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Grays Harbor College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College