There are rich opportunities for individuals holding Birth-Kindergarten licensure in southeastern North Carolina and across the state. This is due in part to the proliferation of public school pre-kindergarten classrooms. Many new positions in other settings are supported by a number of agencies that provide assistance in child care, health services, and support for families of children birth-kindergarten.
Individuals with B-K licensure are qualified for the following kinds of positions.
- Teacher in public school kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, and preschool
special needs classrooms. Pre-kindergarten classes, like Head Start, are
provide enriched experiences for four-year-olds who may be at risk of kindergarten
failure. Public schools are also mandated to serve children with special
needs starting at age three, so early intervention for these children is
provided in the context of these (mostly self-contained) preschool special needs
- Teachers in Head Start Classrooms. Currently most Head Start programs require
that lead teachers hold a bachelor's degree.
- Teacher or early intervention specialists in developmental day programs.
These programs serve children with special needs in center-based as well
as home-based settings. For example, a specialist working with the United Cerebral Palsy
child development center consults with staff in other child care centers
who are including children with special needs in their classrooms.
- Early intervention specialist with developmental evaluation centers or
other agencies that provide diagnosis and services for young children with
- Parent educator. For example, the Parents as Teachers program sends parent
educators into homes to help parents of children birth-three provide developmentally
appropriate activities and interact positively with their children.
- Licensing consultant for child care centers and family child care homes.
Consultants for the North Carolina Division of Child Development inspect
facilities for licensing purposes and consult with staff members about how to improve
their programs and meet state standards.
- Assessor of program quality. New child care regulations in North Carolina
allow child care facilities to receive more “stars” in a rated
licensing system if they meet programs quality standards defined as higher
scores on a rating scale. Many assessors are being hired statewide to perform
- Program staff in child care resource and referral agency, Smart Start partnership,
and other similar agencies. For example, staff members in local agencies
provide referrals to parents and educate them about the characteristics of
high quality child care as well as providing consultations and workshops for child care
providers to help them enhance program quality.
- Child care preschool center director or teacher. These programs operate in for-profit centers, non-profit centers, and churches.
This list is not all-inclusive, but it illustrates the variety of opportunities
available in this field. Other graduates choose to become self-employed and
open their own child care center or family child care home.