How do I Choose the Best Early Childhood Programs?

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  • Written By: Sheri Cyprus
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 October 2018
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It's important to choose early childhood programs that best fit in with the requirements and regulations in your specific location. In fact, the child care licensing bodies in your area or region are likely to be able to supply you with some options of programs or schools from which you may want to earn your early childhood degree. The best early childhood programs for you will depend greatly on whether your goal is to become a day care provider or primary school teacher.

If you want to become a child day care provider, you aren't necessarily going to need a bachelor's degree. Be sure to check when and if you do need an associate's or bachelor's degree before you sign up for an early childhood program. If being a primary school teacher is your career goal, find out what the degree requirements are plus different options for schools.

The best childhood program for you could be an online one if you have children of your own or other obligations. There are many online early childhood programs from which to choose, but you must make sure they are accredited in accordance with your state or area. You should also consider the best format for you. Not all online classes are learn at your own pace.


Paced online learning usually means you're learning in a group. You may have projects to work on with one or more students using Internet tools. This type of learning has the advantage of letting you work with others in the same childhood program. The disadvantage of online, paced early childhood programs is that you must adhere to set deadlines in completing projects and courses. Whether paced or self-paced, you also must consider when and where you'll take your exams.

In order to complete the best early childhood program, you may need to supplement online classes with courses from a traditional on-site college or university. Monitored experience working in a child day care may be required as part of the needed credits for early childhood programs. It's important to find out what the work experience requirements are ahead of time to avoid long delays before you're actually qualified to work in the field. Child day care regulations are usually very specific and strict in most areas.

The best early childhood programs if you're on a low income are ones in which you can receive financial assistance. Look for bursaries or grants first rather than immediately pursuing a student loan. Loans need to be paid back, while grants or bursaries do not. When comparing the costs of different childhood education programs, be sure to include the cost of text books and other extras.



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