Whether you choose to be licensed or certified in your state, you are required to take continuing education courses. Take those courses seriously. Working with children is not always easy and being knowledgeable about the field is extremely important. You are an enormous influence on the children you will care for. You will be helping shape and mold these children with results that influence their entire childhood and into adulthood. This job is extremely important. Always take courses that you feel will better your performance. There are quality standards in early childhood that you will need to be aware of. Information on these will be available to you via your states Quality Rating and Improvement System. Click here to see which one your state uses.