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Become A Children's Director

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Working As A Children's 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

  • $45,670

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Children's Director does

  • Provided administrative oversight of Outpatient Children in Need Of Services Program
  • Achieved the largest VBS attendance ever.
  • Designed and implemented age appropriate curriculum for nursery, children's church and teen group.
  • Directed daily activities, orientation and training of over 200 volunteers and employees.
  • Attended weekly meetings with staff members.
  • Develop and implement Policy & Procedures to ensure safety of children during all classes and events.
  • Direct the children's Christmas pageant and Easter events.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Provide personal support and growth with administrative and program leaders through position and community outreach.
  • Supervised and trained a staff of over 60 volunteers.
  • Assist in developing department budget and ensure compliance.
  • Conducted professional development to ensure all employees are appropriately trained to adhere to federal and state policies and procedures.
  • Program now enrolls 80 preschoolers.
  • Hired, trained and supervised three paid nursery staff.
  • Organized and led the Vacation Bible School.
  • Served as a primary point of contact to parents for enrollment & customer service.
  • Provided leadership and training for the children's ministry programs.
  • Ensured compliance with Federal & State, JACHO, Labor Laws & EEO.
  • Share the leadership of District and or Annual Conference agencies, programs, or special events.
  • Initiated the steps to becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Facility.

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How To Become A Children's 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).


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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Children's Director Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • German

  • Korean

  • Swedish

  • Nepali

  • Chinese

  • Hebrew

  • Bambara

  • Japanese

  • Ukrainian

  • Arabic

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Top Skills for A Children's Director


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Top Children's Director Skills

  1. Appropriate Curriculum
  2. Child Care
  3. Ministry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised planned age appropriate curriculum.
  • Review and select curriculum materials and educational tools for child care program.
  • Used creativity to keep the children's ministry growing and moving forward.
  • Directed Vacation Bible School during summer months as well as other seasonal/special programs.
  • Developed and implemented security system and procedures.

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