Careers in Child Development


  • Teaching and directing child development programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children
  • Operating a family child care home or child care center
  • Supporting a teacher as a classroom instructional aide
  • Working in an after-school program
  • Being a parenting educator
  • Being a childbirth educator
  • Joining a family as a nanny or au pair
  • Working for the Department of Child and Family Services
  • Being a foster parent
  • Working in a group home for children or adolescents
  • Working with children with physical, learning or behavioral challenges
  • Supporting children and families facing medical crises
  • Teaching child development courses at high schools, colleges, and universities