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Working As A 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

  • $102,037

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 A 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 Length of Employment
Executive Director 4.5 years
Director 3.7 years
School Director 3.5 years
Education Director 3.4 years
Center Manager 3.4 years
Center Supervisor 3.3 years
Center Director 3.0 years
Assistant Director 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 14.1%
Director 8.1%
Manager 4.2%
Internship 4.0%
Instructor 2.7%
Consultant 2.7%
Top Employers After
Director 12.6%
Teacher 10.0%
Consultant 5.0%
Manager 3.9%
Instructor 2.8%

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Center Director Demographics

Gender

Female

68.7%

Male

29.1%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.9%

French

8.9%

German

5.2%

Portuguese

4.4%

Arabic

3.3%

Russian

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Mandarin

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Korean

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Swedish

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Greek

0.7%
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Center Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.2%

Ashford University

8.7%

Capella University

7.5%

Walden University

7.4%

Liberty University

6.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Kaplan University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.3%

George Mason University

3.2%

Nova Southeastern University

3.2%

Towson University

3.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Boston University

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

George Washington University

2.8%

Northern Illinois University

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.6%

Ohio State University

2.6%

Northeastern University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

20.1%

Education

9.3%

Early Childhood Education

9.0%

Elementary Education

8.5%

Psychology

6.5%

Human Development

6.0%

Nursing

5.3%

Educational Leadership

4.2%

Social Work

3.9%

Management

3.6%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

School Counseling

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

English

2.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.3%

Special Education

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

34.7%

Bachelors

34.3%

Other

15.1%

Associate

6.5%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Center Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Simons Center for Geometry & Physics State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Jan 09, 2016 $330,000 -
$443,026
Professor/Director of The Center for Cavt The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL Oct 01, 2012 $300,000
Institute/Center Director-Management Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Dec 31, 2016 $219,231
Director, Center for Biometric Analysis The Jackson Laboratory Bar Harbor, ME Mar 10, 2016 $175,579
Delivery Center Director Capgemini America, Inc. Southfield, MI Mar 26, 2010 $171,587
Director, Center of Excellence for Abuse Liability Grunenthal USA, Inc. Bedminster, NJ Sep 12, 2010 $170,000
Director of Movement Disorder Center & Staff Neuro Lahey Clinic, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 14, 2010 $167,860
Director of Movement Disorder Center & Staff Neuro Lahey Clinic, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 02, 2010 $167,860
Director, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean S The Fletcher School at Tufts University Medford, MA Oct 01, 2014 $155,000
Director, Center for History of Medicine and Public The New York Academy of Medicine New York, NY Apr 16, 2014 $150,075
Director, Center for The History of Medicine and PU The New York Academy of Medicine New York, NY Apr 16, 2012 $145,000
Director, Center for Catholic Thought & Culture University of San Diego San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2010 $140,000
Professor and Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy University of Miami Coral Gables, FL Aug 01, 2015 $132,018 -
$350,000
Director-Technical Center Fiat Powertrain Technologies of North America, Inc. Burr Ridge, IL Jan 02, 2011 $132,000 -
$142,000
Director of Center Based Programming Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc. Prairie Village, KS Oct 01, 2014 $105,360
Center Director Endoscopy Center of Marin CA Sep 12, 2014 $100,000 -
$145,000
Director and Professor of The Kozmetsky Center St. Edward's University Austin, TX Jul 14, 2012 $98,000 -
$110,000
Center Director Glenbervie Health, LLC New York, NY Apr 15, 2016 $97,000
Director, Global Food Traceability Center Institute of Food Technologists Washington, DC Oct 16, 2016 $91,960 -
$104,000
Language Center Director French Institute Alliance Francaise Montclair, NJ Jun 19, 2015 $90,000
Weight Loss Center Director Pierini Esthetic Surgery Center, LLC Doral, FL Sep 10, 2015 $73,000
Center Director University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA Aug 22, 2016 $72,500
Director, Center for Geospatial Analysis The College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA Aug 10, 2014 $70,000
Weintraub Israel Center Director Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Tucson, AZ Jul 18, 2016 $70,000
Slippery Rock Univ. Language Center Director Slippery Rock University of Pennslyvania Slippery Rock, PA Aug 20, 2016 $69,661

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  2. Procedures
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  • Provide presentations to Child Psychiatry and Pediatric departments.
  • Modified, adapted, expanded or otherwise changed plans/procedures for programs activities as developments required.
  • Prioritized and implemented via ERM 1000% campus improvement in technology curriculum and initiated/established the college's first sustainable energy curriculum.
  • Managed Physical Therapy team and operations at occupational medical facility and provided care to patients.
  • Delivered customer acquisition and retention, quality programming, financial management, and operational compliance.

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Top 10 Best States for Center Directors

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  2. New York
  3. Alaska
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Jersey
  7. Virginia
  8. Minnesota
  9. Connecticut
  10. Delaware
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