Child Care Assistant Program - Michigan

Train to become a certified child care provider

A child care assistant is a person who teaches children in a daycare or preschool setting. They ensure the children's needs are met, milestones are obtained, and educational activities are available to stimulate growth and development. Like all Career Quest programs, Child Care Assistant curriculum is hands on. Students take knowledge and skills from their text book and lecture and apply it in the lab the next day, building on retention and employability. 

Child Care Assistant program curriculum:

  • Developmental stages of different age levels
  • Classroom environment
  • Health and Safety
  • Daily challenges working with children
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Child Guidance and Prep
  • Understand behaviors and background of children

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What child care assistants do:

Child care assistants work in a variety of settings, from private homes to full-service day care centers. The primary responsibility of a child care assistant is to provide support to preschool teachers or primary care givers. Assistants work to ensure children under their charge are in a safe and comfortable environment and provided with personal care and attention.

Work environments include:

  • Teacher in preschools or infant/toddler programs
  • Teacher assistance or paraprofessional in elementary schools
  • Assistant teacher in Head Start or Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
  • Director with a few years’ experience
Admission requirements for this program include a recognized high school diploma or GED, as well as a background check, ICHAT and fingerprints.
Please note: this program is only offered at the Jackson campus.


“I am a completely different person than when I started my program. I have so much more confidence now. I really think I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Before I started here, I wasn’t very happy with my life. Now I’m smiling all the time.” 


“They give you what you need and they help you along the way, no matter what struggles you have.”