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Working As An Assistant Center Director

  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Center Director Do

Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead staffs, oversee daily activities, design curriculums, and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their program.

Duties

Preschool and childcare center directors typically do the following:

  • Supervise preschool teachers and childcare workers
  • Hire and train new staff members
  • Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff
  • Establish policies and communicate them to staff and parents
  • Develop educational programs and standards
  • Ensure instructional excellence
  • Assist staff in resolving conflicts between children
  • Aid staff in communicating with parents
  • Meet with parents and staff to discuss students’ progress
  • Prepare budgets and allocate  program funds
  • Ensure facilities are maintained and cleaned according to state regulations

Some preschools and childcare centers are independently owned and operated. In these facilities, directors must follow the instructions and guidelines of the owner. Sometimes, directors own the facilities, so they decide how to operate them.

Other preschools and childcare centers are part of a national chain or franchise. The director of a chain or franchise also must ensure that the facility meets its parent organization’s standards and regulations.

In addition, some preschools and childcare centers, such as Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding. Directors of these schools and centers must ensure that their programs, staff, and facilities meet state and federal guidelines. For example, they must ensure that the staff meets the educational requirements set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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How To Become An Assistant Center Director

A college degree and experience in early childhood education is typically required to become a preschool and childcare center director. Some states or employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA).

Education

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. These degree programs teach students about child development, provide strategies for teaching young children, and discuss how to observe and document children’s progress. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree, or at least some postsecondary coursework, in early childhood education.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have experience in early childhood education. The amount of experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

Some states and employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the CDA credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and being observed while working with children. The credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements for obtaining the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Preschool and childcare center directors manage childcare centers and need to be able to operate the business effectively.

Communication skills. Preschool and childcare center directors need to inform parents and staff about the progress of the children. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information successfully.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool and childcare center directors must be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and staff.

Leadership skills. Preschool and childcare center directors supervise staff, so they need good leadership skills to inspire staff to work diligently. They also must enforce rules and regulations.

Organizational skills. Directors need to maintain clear records about children and staff. In addition, they must be able to multitask when several people or situations require their attention.

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Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
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$60,000
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$60,000
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Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ascension Health
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Assistant Center Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Center Director in the United States is $60,571 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Assistant Center Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Vice Provost for The Center for Excellence In Teaching and Learning University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Nov 01, 2016 $140,000 -
$165,000
Assistant Director, Center of Excellence Curators of The University of Missouri Rolla, MO Feb 01, 2010 $65,770
Clinical Assistant Professor/Literacy Center Director Boise State University Boise, ID Jan 13, 2014 $65,000
Assistant Director of Psychological Services Center University of Illinois Champaign, IL Aug 16, 2015 $63,000
Assistant Director, Center for Human Rights American University Washington, DC Feb 01, 2010 $62,000
Assistant Director Mass Spectrometry Center University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Apr 15, 2015 $61,359
Assistant Director, Center for American Studies The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC Sep 15, 2010 $60,000
Assistant Director, Center for Public Policy Tulane University New Orleans, LA May 05, 2016 $57,678
Assistant Director Mass Spectrometry Center University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Apr 15, 2012 $56,000
Visiting Assistant Director, The Career Center University of Illinois Champaign, IL Jul 10, 2015 $55,307
Assistant Director-Center for Student Formation Boston College MA Jun 30, 2013 $55,050
Assistant Director Spectrum Center University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 18, 2016 $54,000
Assistant Director-Center for Student Formation Boston College MA Nov 24, 2010 $52,000
Assistant Director-Center for Student Formation Boston College MA Jul 01, 2010 $50,000
Assistant Director, Welcome Center Monroe College Ltd. New Rochelle, NY Sep 15, 2015 $48,500
Assistant Director, Career Center Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD Oct 23, 2012 $44,554 -
$49,422
Assistant Director of Spanish Center Elon University Elon, NC Jun 01, 2011 $41,880

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Top Skills for An Assistant Center Director

  1. Staff Members
  2. Child Care
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed operations, supervised staff members, graduate students and undergraduate volunteers.
  • Maintained an environment that was child-centered and family-focused in a community based child care center.
  • Deliver exceptional customer service through acquisition and retention, quality program, financial management, operational compliance.
  • Provided an educational, nurturing, and safe environment for children, parents, and staff.
  • Guided daily operations for a 19-automated donor station center.

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Top 10 Best States for Assistant Center Directors

  1. New York
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Alaska
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Hawaii
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New Jersey
  8. Connecticut
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Assistant Center Director Demographics

Gender

Female

63.5%

Male

25.6%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

French

11.6%

Mandarin

7.4%

Japanese

5.3%

Chinese

4.2%

German

3.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Swahili

1.1%

Swedish

1.1%

Akan

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%
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Assistant Center Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Walden University

8.9%

Ashford University

8.5%

Grand Valley State University

5.6%

Liberty University

5.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Towson University

4.2%

National University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

New York University

3.3%

Park University

3.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.9%

Psychology

8.7%

Early Childhood Education

8.0%

Education

6.5%

Elementary Education

6.0%

Educational Leadership

5.6%

Management

4.6%

Nursing

4.4%

Human Development

4.1%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Kinesiology

3.8%

School Counseling

3.7%

Communication

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Social Work

3.3%

English

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Political Science

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Masters

31.1%

Other

15.0%

Associate

7.7%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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