I am a High School Graduate or have a GED and I want to...
become a Child Care Center Assistant

A Child Care Center Assistant Teacher demonstrates competency to implement program activities under the direction of a lead teacher. An assistant teacher must provide developmentally appropriate early childhood education and ensure a safe learning environment for all. View DCYF Professional Development Page for more information: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-profdev/early-learning-provider

Hiring Requirements:

  • 18 years of age 
  • High School Diploma

Training Requirements: 

Need to be completed within 90 days of employment. 

  • Completed Child Care Basics
  • Completed all renewable health and safety training
    • First Aid
    • CPR
    • Bloodborne Pathogens 
    • Food Handlers (if serving snack and meals to children)
    • Safe Sleep (if applicable)

Full Education Requirements:

  • Initial Certificate (within 5 years of hire)

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