Conway, AR (population: 59,823) has eleven child care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with a child care program, has a total student population of 8,814. It is the 2155th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Child Care students from Conway schools who go on to become child care professionals, child care workers, nannies, day care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 595,650 people working as child care workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,940. Also, Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 350 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $33,980. Child care workers in this area earn $16,990/yr and there are 2,050 employed.
Conway lies in Faulkner county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 6 out of every 1000 jobs in Conway are held by child care workers, and 1/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 11 child care schools with a 100-mile radius of Conway, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, National Park Community College comes out as the most expensive ($11,876/yr) for child care students, with East Arkansas Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,502/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Conway|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||23.4 miles|
|Little Rock||AR||192,247||12||20.3043||243||26.2 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||53.2 miles|
|Mountain Home||AR||-||2||22.9326||37||86.2 miles|