Title - Job Description Overview

Child Care

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility.

The Mt. SAC Child Development Program offers an excellent foundation in the core competencies essential to a career working with infants, families, and young children. The many certificate programs provide a basis for entry into the field or transfer to a four-year program. Make a difference in the life of a child by pursuing a career in this exciting and profoundly rewarding and important profession.  

  • Title - Related Careers

    • Childcare Workers
    • Nannies
    • Preschool Teachers


  • Title - Typical Job Duties

    • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
    • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development.
    • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs.
    • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' needs and interests.
    • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
    • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
    • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
    • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
    • Teach basic skills: color, shape, number and letter recognition, and social skills.
    • Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
    • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
    • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
    • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
    • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

 According to a Career One Stop, the median wage for Preschool Teachers in California is $31,200. The average hourly rate is $14.99. They project 1,820 new jobs annually through the years of 2012-2022.