What if shaping your future starts by shaping theirs? Joining the field of early childhood education is more than an investment in yourself—it’s an investment in your community and the little ones that shape its future. With affordable classes and earn-and-learn opportunities, it’s easy to begin your new career.
As an Early Childhood Educator (ECE), you help develop children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills—building a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. As children’s brains undergo the greatest development between birth to 5 years old, you are vital to your students’ success.
Entering this field is both accessible and affordable, with many entry-level positions requiring no previous education to get started. But the opportunities to grow your career through experience and education are endless.
Early Childhood Directors oversee all aspects of programming including enrollment, staffing and partnerships.
A typical school day for an Early Childhood Educator is anything but typical. The best-laid plans can be turned upside down when working with kids—which means you’ll never be bored! With a heart for service and a spirit of adaptability, hear about the rewards of teaching from Anita and Katelyn.
Most employers in the Pikes Peak region offer child care, professional development assistance and/or tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and paid sick leave.
The number of employers in your backyard looking to hire early childhood educators today.
Children in early childhood education range from birth to age 5.
There are so many opportunities for growth. Career opportunities include teacher’s aide, early childhood teacher, early childhood center director or administrator, home-based provider, family support specialist, early childhood coach, family support specialist or advocate, early childhood mental health consultant and early childhood special educator. Education and experience allow you to advance in your career and grants and scholarships exist to support your progress.
In Colorado Springs, the average annual pay for an Early Childhood Educator is $24,563. That works out to be approximately $11.81 an hour or $2,047/month. To learn more about compensation in the Pikes Peak region, click here.
This rewarding field is so much more than daycare. As an early childhood educator, you are supporting your students through their most formative years—as they are first learning how to interact with their peers, teachers and parents. Children at this age are learning developmental skills that will lay the foundation for ongoing education.
When no two days in the classroom are alike, it takes a special kind of person to engage and ignite a child’s curiosity. If you identify with any of the following characteristics, you could thrive in a career like early childhood education.
In early childhood education—it’s all about the soft skills. Whether you’re just graduating high school, changing military stations, taking early childhood courses, working in a center as an aide, or looking at switching careers altogether—it’s likely you already have some of the skills needed to be a great educator.
Early childhood educators are highly sought after—especially in communities near military bases. With transferability, you can feel confident the next, rewarding position awaits you.
Have you felt unfulfilled or stuck in your job? With generous PTO, sick leave and opportunities to get paid working in the field as you learn—there’s never been a better time to take the leap.
Are you working as a Teacher Aide in an early childhood education program? Have you taken or are you enrolled in an Early Childhood Education course that has piqued your interest in this career? Our Career Navigator can help you create a career path!
Are you passionate about early childhood education and have recently found yourself with extra free time? There are plenty of Child Development Programs with a staff shortage eager for your help! There may be opportunities to receive credit hours or transition to a full-time position as well.
Is owning a business one of your goals for this year? Do you have a heart for nurturing young children and getting them off to a strong start before they enter kindergarten? With the urgent need for more early childhood programs in our community, NOW is the perfect time to start. Connect with a Career Navigator to learn more.
Besides building your own career—and fostering theirs—there are so many reasons to begin a career in early childhood education.
While experience is important, ECE educators can continue to grow their impact and expand their access to higher paying positions through ongoing education. In a field that is constantly changing, there is always something new to learn!
Based on averages of real compensation examples here in the Pikes Peak region.
Five community organizations have come together to help you on your path to becoming an early childhood educator. Together, we’re here to help you find the right fit, begin your education and find open positions in the field that meet your needs.
Wondering how to get started? Maybe you’re still unsure if this is the right fit for you. Our community’s Career Navigator can help you chart the best path forward and understand all of your options, like: