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Child Care Assisting


Child care assisting programs prepare people to provide child care services in day care centers, preschools, and private homes.

Child care assisting programs prepare people to provide child care services. Students learn to plan and supervise play and learning activities. They also learn about child growth and development.

Child care assisting programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in child care assisting. 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.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

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, under the supervision and guidance of an experienced child care provider. You might find a position in a day care center for a few hours a week, working with children of different ages and dealing with the day-to-day situations that occur.

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.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Walla Walla Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College (Omak Campus)

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central College

Shoreline Community 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

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Centralia College

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College