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CHILD DEVELOPMENT CAREER INFORMATION

Child Development 

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Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They explain reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.
Prepare children for kindergarten by introducing concepts they will explore further in kindergarten and elementary school

  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring problems to the attention of parents
  • Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and keep parents informed about their child’s development

Preschool teachers use play to teach children about the world. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox or teach science and math by having children count when building with blocks.

Preschool teachers work with children from different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Teachers may include multicultural topics in their lessons to teach children about people of different backgrounds and cultures.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

456,800

570,400

+25%

23,240

California

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

55,300

61,900

+12%

1,770

Wage Data

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$8.27

$9.65

$12.35

$16.55

$22.52

Yearly

$17,200

$20,100

$25,700

$34,400

$46,800

California

Hourly

$9.87

$11.66

$14.03

$17.42

$21.38

Yearly

$20,500

$24,300

$29,200

$36,200

$44,500

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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National Data Source: 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

 CA.gov logo State Data Source: 
California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division

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