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.
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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:
- The Army Child & Youth Services Careers
- The Marine Corps Community Services
- The Navy Child & Youth Programs
- USAJOBS by searching for “Department of Defense Child and Youth” jobs in your area. You can also search by entering the name of your service branch and “Child and Youth,” for example “Air Force Child and Youth.”
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.
Military child and youth development programs help shape our country’s military-connected children and youth. The Department of Defense has openings across the U.S. and even overseas for child development directors and assistant directors, training and curriculum specialists, before and after school directors, youth program directors, direct care staff and more – all working with children from birth through age 18.
Watch this six minute video on YouTube to learn more about such career opportunities available with the military child development and youth programs.
If your students are looking for a career working in early care and education or youth development, expand their horizons by suggesting opportunities within the Department of Defense; they can help shape our country’s military-connected children and youth while their parents serve. Travel opportunities exist with this career choice, and the department is looking to fill both entry and management-level vacancies with passionate, talented candidates dedicated to improving the lives of children from all backgrounds.
Watch this six minute video on YouTube to learn more about the child and youth development career opportunities available for your students with the Department of Defense.
For more information
If you have questions about Come Grow With Us opportunities, send us an inquiry form and a program manager will reply.