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DAY CARE PROVIDER & TEACHER: I Love What I Do

About this video 

Nancy is a day care provider and an early childhood educator. She talks what a typical day looks like for her and shares how she decided to become a day care provider and teacher. Nancy also talks about the different, unexpected roles day care providers play in the lives of the children and families they work for.

School: Holy Names College
Degree: Marketing
Job Title: Day Care Provider/Teacher

Job Summary: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Job Description

Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They explain reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills

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m='12070'>running</span> <span m='12470'>off</span> <span m='12670'>to</span> <span m='12770'>work.</span> <span m='13600'>And</span> <span m='13780'>once</span> <span m='14060'>the</span> <span m='14210'>children</span> <span m='14590'>arrive,</span> <span m='15110'>we</span> <span m='15280'>serve</span> <span m='15680'>them</span> <span m='16460'>a</span> <span m='16500'>hot</span> <span m='16840'>breakfast.</span> </p><p><span m='17580'>And</span> <span m='17860'>after</span> <span m='18120'>breakfast</span> <span m='18700'>we</span> <span m='18820'>have</span> <span m='19150'>circle</span> <span m='19640'>time.</span> <span m='20170'>And</span> <span m='20270'>at</span> <span m='20540'>that</span> <span m='21030'>point,</span> <span m='21920'>they're</span> <span m='22120'>learning</span> <span m='22600'>their</span> <span m='22830'>ABCs,</span> <span m='23880'>their</span> <span m='24050'>numbers,</span> <span m='24800'>their</span> <span m='24960'>shapes,</span> <span m='25480'>their</span> <span m='25650'>colors.</span> <span m='26510'>And</span> <span m='26780'>of</span> <span m='26900'>course</span> <span m='27190'>we're</span> <span m='27360'>reading</span> <span m='27700'>stories,</span> <span m='28060'>and</span> <span m='28420'>perhaps</span> <span m='29460'>an</span> <span m='29690'>activity.</span> </p><p><span m='30810'>And</span> <span m='31000'>after</span> <span m='31290'>that</span> <span m='31760'>we</span> <span m='32090'>generally</span> <span m='32740'>go</span> <span m='32950'>to</span> <span m='33110'>the</span> <span m='33240'>park</span> <span m='33690'>for</span> <span m='33850'>our</span> <span m='34000'>play</span> <span m='34390'>time,</span> <span m='34790'>which</span> <span m='35260'>the</span> <span m='35360'>park</span> <span m='35700'>is</span> <span m='35880'>just</span> <span m='36130'>up</span> <span m='36290'>the</span> <span m='36400'>street.</span> <span m='37220'>And</span> <span m='37390'>after</span> <span m='37630'>that</span> <span m='37910'>they</span> <span m='38060'>come</span> <span m='38450'>in</span> <span m='38930'>and</span> <span m='39160'>they're</span> <span m='39300'>ready</span> <span m='39620'>for</span> <span m='39810'>their</span> <span m='40050'>lunch.</span> <span m='41090'>So</span> <span m='41240'>we</span> <span m='41440'>wash</span> <span m='41840'>up</span> <span m='42420'>and</span> <span m='42610'>have</span> <span m='42880'>our</span> <span m='43030'>lunch.</span> </p><p><span m='43880'>And</span> <span m='44030'>after</span> <span m='44310'>lunch</span> <span m='44650'>it's</span> <span m='44840'>nap</span> <span m='45140'>time.</span> <span m='45870'>And</span> <span m='46040'>after</span> <span m='46330'>nap time</span> <span m='47000'>they</span> <span m='47100'>get</span> <span m='47320'>up</span> <span m='47490'>and</span> <span m='47660'>we</span> <span m='47770'>have</span> <span m='47970'>another</span> <span m='48370'>activity.</span> <span m='49360'>For</span> <span m='49500'>example,</span> <span m='49940'>yesterday</span> <span m='50560'>we</span> <span m='50730'>made</span> <span m='51070'>pumpkin</span> <span m='51500'>spice</span> <span m='51980'>cookies.</span> <span m='52440'>And</span> <span m='52610'>today</span> <span m='53290'>we'll</span> <span m='53600'>be</span> <span m='53780'>making</span> <span m='54390'>blueberry</span> <span m='54900'>muffins</span> <span m='55410'>with</span> <span m='55570'>the</span> <span m='55690'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='56520'>Well,</span> <span m='58310'>when</span> <span m='58610'>I</span> <span m='58690'>graduated</span> <span m='59360'>from</span> <span m='59580'>college,</span> <span m='60080'>I</span> <span m='60250'>attended</span> <span m='60740'>University of the</span> <span m='61210'>Pacific</span> <span m='61820'>and</span> <span m='61930'>Holy</span> <span m='62280'>Names</span> <span m='62630'>College.</span> <span m='63440'>And</span> <span m='63670'>after</span> <span m='63970'>graduating,</span> <span m='64580'>believe</span> <span m='64860'>it</span> <span m='64920'>or</span> <span m='65019'>not,</span> <span m='65290'>I</span> <span m='65370'>actually</span> <span m='65870'>went</span> <span m='66100'>into</span> <span m='66390'>marketing</span> <span m='67660'>and</span> <span m='68460'>was</span> <span m='68780'>in</span> <span m='69100'>there</span> <span m='69280'>for</span> <span m='69410'>about</span> <span m='69660'>15</span> <span m='70150'>years</span> <span m='70480'>with</span> <span m='70600'>various</span> <span m='71080'>companies</span> <span m='71660'>throughout</span> <span m='72100'>the</span> <span m='72200'>bay</span> <span m='72440'>area.</span> <span m='73320'>And</span> <span m='73630'>made</span> <span m='73920'>a</span> <span m='73960'>decision</span> <span m='74540'>that</span> <span m='74780'>really</span> <span m='75120'>my</span> <span m='75310'>passion</span> <span m='75960'>was</span> <span m='76130'>working</span> <span m='76510'>with</span> <span m='76700'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='77660'>And</span> <span m='78810'>once</span> <span m='79090'>I</span> <span m='79150'>made</span> <span m='79400'>that</span> <span m='79570'>decision,</span> <span m='80090'>I</span> <span m='80160'>went</span> <span m='80380'>ahead</span> <span m='80720'>to</span> <span m='80830'>pursue</span> <span m='81210'>the</span> <span m='81370'>teaching</span> <span m='81770'>credential.</span> <span m='82920'>And</span> <span m='83750'>after</span> <span m='84070'>that,</span> <span m='84360'>I</span> <span m='84440'>actually</span> <span m='84850'>taught</span> <span m='85140'>elementary</span> <span m='85720'>school,</span> <span m='86580'>kindergarten</span> <span m='87170'>through</span> <span m='87360'>third</span> <span m='87720'>grade</span> <span m='88140'>in</span> <span m='88420'>various</span> <span m='89040'>schools</span> <span m='89370'>throughout</span> <span m='89660'>the</span> <span m='89730'>bay</span> <span m='89900'>area.</span> <span m='90840'>And</span> <span m='91210'>I</span> <span m='94180'>felt</span> <span m='94670'>that</span> <span m='94830'>my</span> <span m='95000'>passion</span> <span m='95620'>was</span> <span m='95810'>more</span> <span m='96110'>with</span> <span m='96400'>even</span> <span m='96780'>younger</span> <span m='97150'>children,</span> <span m='97940'>so</span> <span m='98150'>I</span> <span m='98280'>went</span> <span m='98520'>ahead</span> <span m='98900'>and</span> <span m='99090'>took</span> <span m='99740'>some</span> <span m='99830'>additional</span> <span m='100950'>early</span> <span m='101260'>childhood</span> <span m='101750'>classes</span> <span m='102690'>and</span> <span m='102860'>decided</span> <span m='103370'>to</span> <span m='103510'>open</span> <span m='103840'>up</span> <span m='103950'>my</span> <span m='104190'>own</span> <span m='104430'>preschool.</span> </p><p><span m='105190'>I</span> <span m='105690'>felt</span> <span m='106030'>that</span> <span m='106210'>in</span> <span m='106330'>the</span> <span m='106440'>community</span> <span m='107160'>that</span> <span m='107380'>I</span> <span m='107490'>lived</span> <span m='107920'>in,</span> <span m='108220'>which</span> <span m='108480'>is</span> <span m='108620'>here in</span> <span m='109000'>West</span> <span m='109440'>Oakland,</span> <span m='110100'>that</span> <span m='110270'>it</span> <span m='110480'>certainly</span> <span m='110910'>was</span> <span m='111150'>a need</span> <span m='111700'>for</span> <span m='112020'>us</span> <span m='112270'>to</span> <span m='113340'>have</span> <span m='114550'>more</span> <span m='114880'>qualified</span> <span m='115610'>preschool</span> <span m='116370'>teachers</span> <span m='117000'>and</span> <span m='117240'>in-home</span> <span m='117590'>daycare</span> <span m='117950'>providers.</span> <span m='118240'>So</span> <span m='118530'>that's</span> <span m='119200'>really</span> <span m='119460'>how</span> <span m='119650'>I</span> <span m='119740'>got</span> <span m='120030'>started.</span> <span m='120490'>And</span> <span m='121200'>this</span> <span m='121450'>is</span> <span m='121650'>going</span> <span m='121910'>into</span> <span m='122130'>my</span> <span m='122300'>11th</span> <span m='122630'>year,</span> <span m='122950'>and</span> <span m='123060'>I</span> <span m='123290'>love</span> <span m='123520'>doing</span> <span m='123770'>what</span> <span m='123970'>I</span> <span m='124050'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='124710'>I</span> <span m='124860'>didn't</span> <span m='125200'>really</span> <span m='125470'>know</span> <span m='126110'>just</span> <span m='126460'>how</span> <span m='126810'>hard</span> <span m='127230'>it</span> <span m='127350'>would</span> <span m='127580'>be</span> <span m='127780'>in</span> <span m='127950'>terms</span> <span m='128310'>of</span> <span m='128449'>we</span> <span m='128660'>have</span> <span m='128850'>very</span> <span m='129240'>long</span> <span m='129690'>hours.</span> <span m='130600'>Although</span> <span m='130990'>I</span> <span m='131120'>open</span> <span m='131420'>up</span> <span m='131590'>at</span> <span m='131730'>7:30</span> <span m='132500'>and</span> <span m='132610'>I</span> <span m='132680'>close</span> <span m='133090'>at</span> <span m='133230'>5:30,</span> <span m='134230'>there's</span> <span m='134460'>a</span> <span m='134540'>lot</span> <span m='134820'>of</span> <span m='134900'>preparation</span> <span m='135580'>that</span> <span m='135760'>goes</span> <span m='136050'>on</span> <span m='136250'>before</span> <span m='137120'>we</span> <span m='137330'>open</span> <span m='137690'>up,</span> <span m='137930'>and</span> <span m='138100'>of</span> <span m='138200'>course</span> <span m='138520'>after</span> <span m='138820'>I</span> <span m='139070'>close.</span> <span m='139860'>And</span> <span m='140110'>in</span> <span m='140240'>addition</span> <span m='140670'>to</span> <span m='140810'>that,</span> <span m='142400'>I</span> <span m='142540'>service</span> <span m='143020'>children</span> <span m='143390'>that</span> <span m='143580'>sometimes</span> <span m='144160'>they</span> <span m='144270'>need</span> <span m='144510'>a</span> <span m='144570'>ride</span> <span m='144880'>home,</span> <span m='145460'>so</span> <span m='145680'>I'm</span> <span m='145860'>taking</span> <span m='146270'>children</span> <span m='146740'>home.</span> </p><p><span m='147550'>And</span> <span m='147730'>in</span> <span m='147850'>addition</span> <span m='148280'>to that,</span> <span m='148680'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='149540'>I</span> <span m='149660'>have</span> <span m='149920'>children</span> <span m='150430'>that</span> <span m='150850'>occasionally</span> <span m='151670'>have</span> <span m='152170'>come</span> <span m='152370'>to</span> <span m='152510'>me</span> <span m='152740'>through</span> <span m='153070'>Child</span> <span m='153390'>Protective</span> <span m='153820'>Services.</span> <span m='154820'>So</span> <span m='155070'>I'm</span> <span m='155290'>involved</span> <span m='155780'>with</span> <span m='155960'>the</span> <span m='156050'>court</span> <span m='156360'>system</span> <span m='156910'>and</span> <span m='157250'>often</span> <span m='157600'>times</span> <span m='157970'>I</span> <span m='158050'>find</span> <span m='158350'>myself</span> <span m='158790'>literally</span> <span m='159290'>in</span> <span m='159430'>front</span> <span m='159660'>of</span> <span m='159760'>a</span> <span m='159840'>judge</span> <span m='160750'>explaining</span> <span m='163940'>why</span> <span m='164300'>I</span> <span m='164410'>feel</span> <span m='164790'>a</span> <span m='164870'>parent</span> <span m='165250'>should</span> <span m='165480'>be</span> <span m='165680'>able</span> <span m='165950'>to</span> <span m='166090'>keep</span> <span m='166370'>their</span> <span m='166520'>child,</span> <span m='167030'>as</span> <span m='167170'>opposed</span> <span m='167640'>to</span> <span m='168160'>allowing</span> <span m='168710'>the</span> <span m='168860'>child</span> <span m='169160'>to</span> <span m='169230'>go</span> <span m='169510'>into</span> <span m='169980'>foster</span> <span m='170430'>care.</span> </p><p><span m='171100'>So</span> <span m='171600'>we</span> <span m='172130'>have</span> <span m='173060'>a</span> <span m='173170'>huge</span> <span m='173800'>range</span> <span m='174670'>of</span> <span m='177680'>fields</span> <span m='178270'>that</span> <span m='178570'>we</span> <span m='178740'>deal</span> <span m='179050'>with.</span> <span m='179470'>We're not</span> <span m='179700'>only</span> <span m='180110'>just</span> <span m='180540'>daycare</span> <span m='180980'>providers</span> <span m='181640'>and</span> <span m='181800'>early</span> <span m='182120'>childhood</span> <span m='182620'>educators,</span> <span m='183310'>but</span> <span m='183470'>we're</span> <span m='184080'>nurses,</span> <span m='184670'>social</span> <span m='185110'>workers,</span> <span m='186120'>counselors.</span> <span m='186960'>We</span> <span m='187560'>really</span> <span m='187970'>service</span> <span m='188480'>the</span> <span m='188590'>gamut.</span> </p>","file":{"id":314279,"video_id":"2860540819001","name":"1473-Nancy-p-PreSchoolTeacher","duration":189638,"thumbnail_url":null}});