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  • 1.  New Ideas

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello,
    I am looking for new career ideas. I have worked as a preschool teacher, site director, middle school after school programs and as an ABA Therapist. As I am preparing to return to the workforce I am not sure what to do. I don't want to return to the classroom. What are some of the more unique jobs early childhood professionals do?

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    Oliska
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 2.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hi  what about being a nanny?  You wouldn't be in a classroom but someone's home.  There's different kinds -  for lack of a better term regular, travel, special needs, school age, part time, high end, nighttime, babies - single & multiple - twins, triplets & stair steps ( multi age ).  There's also NCS - newborn care specialists- they take care of newborns for 1 - 3 months depending on what the family needs then move on to the next family.  Just a few ideas!! Good luck finding where you fit!!!

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    Marianne Dougherty, CPN
    NANNY
    Wilmington DE
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  • 3.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thank you Marianne. I actually used to do that part-time back in California.

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 4.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hi:

    How about coaching or providing professional development to early childhood staff? Helping programs improving their QRIS or acquire accreditation. You can also provide support to families through HR wellness programs at a large company or university.


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    Lourdes Rodríguez
    Senior Coordinator, Childcare & Family Resources
    University of Arizona
    Tucson AZ
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  • 5.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thank you Lourdes. I like these ideas. especially if I get to move around throughout my day!

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 6.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hello, in Oregon we have Child Care Resource and Referral centers.  I work at a CCR&R as a Quality Improvement Specialist. We offer training for early childhood professionals and help with professional development plans, do TA for centers and home providers, help with the state quality rating improvement system called SPARK and just about anything else child care providers need help with.  The job is challenging and rewarding. Hope you find your path.

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    Sandy Meados
    Clackamas OR
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  • 7.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thank you, Sandy. I will look into this. I won't something that will be a little challenging and hopefully, I can grow in.

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 8.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 14 days ago
    Have you looked into informal education opportunities? When I transitioned out of the classroom I worked for Parks and Recreation and later a children's museum. For me, informal education is a nice balance of teaching and program management without some of the limitations and constraints that formal education can put on teachers.

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    Vanessa King
    Director of Education
    Children's Museum Tucson
    Tucson AZ
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  • 9.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 13 days ago
    These are great ideas. Thank you both!

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 10.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 12 days ago
    Have you considered In-Home Child Care?  I too have worked as a preschool teacher and a site director.  But in my 30 years of ECE, my favorite job by far has been running my small in-home business.

    I can customize it to fit my needs, personality, and strengths.  I was able to be home with my own young children, and there when they arrived home from school.  I make more money than I did as a preschool teacher, and equal to that as director.  I am able to get a few house chores done, (ie. laundry, start dinner, clean bathroom) when children are napping.  The quality of my in-home businesses has always been superior to my center experiences.

    Right now my in-home business is open 4 days/week.  I serve children birth to three, with a maximum of 6 children.  I am always full, and have a long waiting list.  I enjoy the close personal relationships with both children and families that is a result of this small-group experience.

    I feel that more ECE professionals should consider this option.

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    Elizabeth Werner
    Blessed Beginnings
    Cody WY
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  • 11.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thank Elizabeth, I did think about that, however, our home just is not built for in-home care, unfortunately.

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 12.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 12 days ago
    Have you thought about working at the college level and sharing your expertise with prospective teachers or working in a library?

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    Gina James
    Teacher
    NYCDOE
    Williston Pk NY
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  • 13.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thanks Gina, I am not sure if I would be a good fit for that structure.

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 14.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hello!  I am in a very similar situation myself.  What credentials or degree do you have?

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    Janet Grandshaw
    San Antonio TX
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  • 15.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    Good Question. Currently, I have my AA in ECE, and my BA is in Human Development.

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 16.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 11 days ago
    What are you leaning towards?

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 17.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Oliska,
    For another take on your question, ask yourself: what kind of problems do you want/like to solve? Is there a future you want to help create with your "particular set of skills?"
    Good luck on the search for a new path!
    Bill

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    Bill Hudson
    CEO/Founder
    Family Child Care Associates
    www.fcc-associates.com
    Reston, Virginia
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  • 18.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 9 days ago
    Bill those are really good questions. Thank you for helping me to think about finding a career in a different way

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    Oliska Batiste-Burns
    Las Vegas NV
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  • 19.  RE: New Ideas

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Oliska,
    I'm glad to know you found the questions helpful. They are a bit of wisdom that was shared with me and I happy to be able to pass it on.
    Keep us posted!
    Bill


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    Bill Hudson
    CEO/Founder
    Family Child Care Associates
    www.fcc-associates.com
    Reston, Virginia
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