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Working As A Child Care 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

  • $115,716

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Care 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 Child Care 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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Child Care Center Director Demographics

Gender

Female

84.5%

Male

14.2%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Dutch

9.1%

Cantonese

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Korean

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Child Care Center Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.3%

Grand Canyon University

8.3%

Boston University

6.7%

University of Cincinnati

6.7%

Ashford University

6.7%

Western Governors University

5.0%

University of North Dakota

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Nova Southeastern University

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Walden University

5.0%

University of Delaware

5.0%

John F Kennedy University

3.3%

Central Connecticut State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.3%

Fresno City College

3.3%

University of Kentucky

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

14.7%

Business

12.5%

Nursing

10.3%

Elementary Education

8.9%

Psychology

7.1%

Human Development

6.7%

Education

5.8%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Social Work

4.9%

Management

2.7%

Human Services

2.7%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.2%

Special Education

2.2%

Counseling Psychology

2.2%

Mental Health Counseling

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.8%

Public Health

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

32.9%

Bachelors

29.6%

Other

21.2%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.3%
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Real Child Care Center Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Children's Activity and Learning Center LBTS Properties, LLC Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL Mar 26, 2015 $59,800
Director of Child Development Center @ Broward COL Assistance Unlimited, Inc. Pembroke Pines, FL Sep 15, 2014 $51,418
Child Care Center Director 3B & J Group, Inc. Roswell, GA Dec 01, 2011 $41,740
Director of Child Care Center Korean Methodist Church of Love Severn, MD Sep 17, 2010 $32,244
Director of Child Care Center Korean Methodist Church of Love Severn, MD Sep 24, 2010 $32,244

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Top Skills for A Child Care Center Director

  1. Curriculum
  2. Facility Safety
  3. Day-To-Day Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Introduced and implemented Montessori curriculum Enrolled Academy in Texas Stat Childcare Assistance Program Facilitated teacher training workshops.
  • Ensured facility safety, security and maintenance.
  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the Wound Care Center which achieved 110% productivity consistently.
  • Promoted appreciation of cultural diversity with international menu planning representative of the cultural and national heritage of the children enrolled.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.

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