Onslow County Partnership for Children:

We are a private non-profit agency that advocates and provides services for the healthy development of children, by building the strengths and capacities of families, care-giving professionals, and the communities in which they reside.

Careers in Child Care

Is it for you?  Do you ...

Enjoy interacting with children and families on a daily basis?

Want to have a positive impact on the future?

Feel that children learn best in a loving, nurturing environment?

A career in early childhood education has many benefits and opportunities! You can ...

Be a positive role model for children

Work in an environment where children learn through play

Be part of a fast growing industry

Own your own business

See the results of your hard work and dedication in the growth and development of children

Two career paths for Early Education Professionals

1. Early Education Programs
Work directly with children and families in a classroom setting as a:

  • Lead Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Group Leader
  • Floater/Substitute

Work with families and program staff as an:

  • Owner/Administrator
  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Program/Curriculum Coordinator
  • Cook/ Bus Driver/ Support Staff

Working in an early education program is a great way to enter the field.  Thanks to Smart Start funding, a lot of support is available to both center and home based providers.  Call us for more information  -  (910) 938-0336.

2. Family Child Care Home

A Family Child Care is a licensed child care  arrangement in a residence where care is offered to no more than 8 children at any given time.  Family child care home providers enjoy the benefit of business ownership and the convenience of working from their home.  The arrangements often offer parents flexibility with the comfort of a home environment for their children.

You Will Need:

To be at least 21 years of age

Child care room on a ground floor level

A high school diploma or GED

A home occupations or zoning permit

A fire inspection(RECOMMENDED)

A criminal background check and fingerprint card

A TB test  within past 12 months

CPR and First Aid within past 12 months

Proof of rabies vaccinations for pets

Pass the State inspection NCGS 110-91(8) & 110-90.2; Child Care Rule .1702(c), (I), (b), (d), (e), .2701& .2702(g); Local Ordinance

Current employment opportunities

The first five years of life are critical to brain architecture.  Research is clear, when children have access to high quality early childhood education, they are better prepared for success.  North Carolina is a leader in our nation for implementing strategies based on what we have learned about brain development.  Hundreds of studies have been conducted.  Read more about studies on  quality by searching peer reviewed journals on Google Scholar, http://scholar.google.com. Now, more than ever before, we understand how important early educators are to the future prosperity of our communities.  Want to make a big difference for the future?  Consider a career in early childhood education.  Here's some information on how to get started:

Individuals interested in seeking education in early child care can contact the following learning institutions:

Coastal Carolina Community College:
444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC  28546

  • Early Childhood Associate Degree

James Sprunt Community College
133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC  28349

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher Associate Degree

Mt. Olive College
919-658-2502 or 800-653-0854

  • BA in Early Childhood Education

UNC Wilmington

601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3366

  • BA in Education of Young Children

Funding Your Education

College Foundation of North Carolina

Foundation of the Carolinas

NC Association for the Education of Young Children

NC Community Foundations

Community foundations are nonprofit organizations established to meet the current and future needs of our local communities. Many provide scholarships to support individual education needs. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria and a different application process.  Please review the criteria carefully.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® ScholarshipsThe T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project offers educational scholarships to Early Educators. All T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships link continuing education with increased compensation and require that recipients and their sponsoring child care programs share in the cost.26 As of 2009, educational scholarships were provided in 22 and DC states including the Project’s home state, North Carolina.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project Materials:

Have you decided?

If a career in early childhood education is right for you, we’re here to help!

Whether you decide to open a Family Child Care Business in your home,  open an Early Care and Education facility or work in an existing program, the Onslow County Partnership for Children can help you get started.  If you would like to embark on the exciting world of business ownership, we can help you:

  • Navigate the state and local licensing requirements to get your business up and running.
  • Enter the field of caring for and educating children in existing licensed programs.
  • Inform you about resources, training opportunities and educational scholarships.

Download our brochure

For more information call:

Joe Coffey
Technical Assistance & Training Coordinator
Phone:  (910) 939-4394
Email: joe.coffey@onslowkids.org

Child Care