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.