Child and youth care workers seek to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of vulnerable children and adolescents living in government or private homes, agencies, treatment centers or group homes. If you like working with children, have lots of patience and understanding, are reliable and consistent and know how to manage time effectively this may be the career for you.
NPC's Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant program combines a mixture of Early Childhood Development and Human Services courses. Students gain an understanding of child development as well as guidance principles and techniques for managing a child's behavior.
Labs and Classrooms
The English courses required for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) are available online.
Many of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses are offered at your workplace. The Human Services (HUS) courses are offered when there is sufficient demand. Check with your academic adviser or the dean of Arts and Sciences for scheduling and course availability options.
Residential Child/Youth Assistants work in residential settings, such as boarding school dorms or group homes.
Employment of residential child/youth assistants is projected to grow below the average for all occupations. Employment growth tends to be in residential units for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health or substance abuse facilities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the median annual salary for Residential Child/Youth Assistants in non-metropolitan northeastern Arizona was $37,270 in May 2017, with higher ranges being in specialized disability or substance abuse facilities. SOC 39-9041
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