Field experiences are designed to include a number of opportunities in various child care settings. In each semester throughout the program students will most likely be observing and/or participating in a child care classroom. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends that students in associate degree programs spend 300 hours in their field experiences with children. Students are required to complete a portion of their hours outside their own classroom in a variety of settings if they are employed in child care. Family Day Care students should plan to fulfill their practicum requirements in a center.