Mountain Home, AR has eleven child day care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of the Ozarks, the highest ranked school in this group with a child day care program, has a total student population of 1,347. It is the 1111th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Child Day Care students from Mountain Home schools who go on to become day care specialists, social workers, nannies, day care professionals, 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 West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 70 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $36,500. Child care workers in this area earn $18,070/yr and there are 190 employed.
Mountain Home lies in Baxter county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area has 68,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $13.96/hr average worker wage, and a $29,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.764 out of every 1000 jobs in Mountain Home are held by child care workers, and 0.991/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 11 child day care schools with a 100-mile radius of Mountain Home, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lebanon Technology and Career Center comes out as the most expensive ($20,064/yr) for child day care students, with Black River Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,517/yr.