Careers and Employment 

Job opportunities are plentiful and entry-level workers generally earn between $8.00 and $9.25 per hour. Graduates of JWCC’s Early Childhood Education program have been employed by: 

  • Lauretta M. Eno (Blessing) Child Care Center
  • Caywood’s Youth Center
  • Creative Learning Center
  • PACT Head Start
  • Quincy Public Schools Early Childhood Center
  • Cheerful Home Child Care and Early Learning Center
  • Day Care Action Council of Illinois


“There is no task more important than preparing our children for their future. The job requires limitless energy and abilities to educate young children in a developmentally appropriate manner and manage their safety and health. I am thankful to John Wood Community College for educating individuals for this important role in today’s society. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accreditation standards require that all teachers have a minimum of an associate degree in Early Childhood Education by 2015. As an accredited program, we hire only highly qualified applicants with this degree. JWCC’s program helps us achieve our goal of quality, educated staff and maintaining NAEYC accreditation.”

Joleen Patton, Program Director
Blessing Hospital Lauretta M. Eno Child Care Center, Quincy