There is more to becoming a childcare provider than knowing how to make macaroni and cheese and dial 911. A degree in childcare is most often obtained at an associate’s degree level. With this degree, students may study learning methods, child development, and child psychology. Becoming a licensed childcare provider to offer childcare services in one’s home typically only requires a high school diploma and a certification process. This can require taking courses in CPR, first aid, and other training certifications that ensures a child will be safe when left with the caregiver. Child care providers looking for employment in childcare centers may be required to take a certain amount of early childhood development courses or earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in order to act as the primary caretaker. Higher degrees are often required when children are receiving academic instruction along with childcare services.
McHenry County College offers 3 Child Care Provider/Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 24 Child Care Provider/Assistant students graduated with students earning 12 Associate's degrees, and 12 Certificates.
Southwestern Illinois College offers 2 Child Care Provider/Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 44 Child Care Provider/Assistant students graduated with students earning 25 Certificates, and 19 Associate's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago, IL||123 : 1||6,521|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago, IL||99 : 1||6,365|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago, IL||49 : 1||2,177|
|Morton College Cicero, IL||65 : 1||4,439|
|Prairie State College Chicago Heights, IL||49 : 1||3,843|
|William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL||67 : 1||13,477|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago, IL||65 : 1||6,997|
|Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL||53 : 1||8,083|
|McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL||81 : 1||7,473|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago, IL||71 : 1||7,276|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago, IL||37 : 1||2,410|
|Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL||88 : 1||8,665|
|Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL||63 : 1||6,413|
|Rend Lake College Ina, IL||42 : 1||2,287|
|Rock Valley College Rockford, IL||48 : 1||6,092|
|Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL||51 : 1||8,749|
|Triton College River Grove, IL||97 : 1||9,571|
|Heartland Community College Normal, IL||60 : 1||4,974|
|Black Hawk College Moline, IL||47 : 1||4,472|
|Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL||68 : 1||14,318|