The early childhood and afterschool professional often assume diverse roles over time.  Some progress from an entry level to a leadership role.  Some change careers to become an early childhood or afterschool professional.  Some gain years of experience in the field and then decide to be recognized by a certificate, credential or degree.  Some start by earning a degree or certificate, and then work full time in the field.  Many  work in the field part-time or full-time while taking coursework  and training.

Whatever your path, consider the role you have now and the many options available to you.