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Department of Defense Child and Youth Development Career Opportunities

The Department of Defense is the nation’s largest employer-sponsored child care system and one of the largest youth development programs in the country – and they’re looking to fill both entry and management-level positions to work with military-connected children and youth.

The Department of Defense’s career opportunities initiative, Come Grow With Us, offers high-quality child development and youth programs on or near military installations worldwide, making it a fantastic portable career.

Department of Defense employees receive competitive pay and benefits, including:

  • Health and life insurance
  • Paid leave
  • Retirement and 401K benefits
  • Tuition assistance
  • Training, mentoring and professional development
  • Career advancement opportunities

If you know someone who would like to start a career working with children or youth – or know professors who teach early care and education or youth development – then share these job boards so they can learn more about the child and youth development careers with the Department of Defense and find available positions:

Potential candidates can read more about military child and youth development careers through the “Start Your Career With Military Kids – Come Grow With Us” article and decide if this career is right for them.

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