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Working As A Children's Ministries 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

  • $179,759

    Average Salary

What Does A Children's Ministries 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 Children's Ministries 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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Children's Ministries Director Demographics

Gender

Female

79.9%

Male

18.3%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

66.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.1%

Portuguese

7.0%

German

7.0%

Hawaiian

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Dakota

2.3%

French

2.3%

Amharic

2.3%

Greek

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Korean

2.3%

Hmong

2.3%
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Children's Ministries Director Education

Schools

Liberty University

35.3%

Asbury Theological Seminary

4.7%

Calvin College

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

University of South Alabama

4.0%

Northwestern College

4.0%

Baylor University

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Olivet Nazarene University

3.3%

Evangel University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%

University of Alabama

2.7%

University of South Florida

2.7%

Bethel University (Minnesota)

2.7%

Lancaster Bible College

2.7%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2.7%

Dallas Theological Seminary

2.7%

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

2.7%
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Majors

Education

12.8%

Theology

12.5%

Elementary Education

11.7%

Business

11.4%

Psychology

7.7%

Communication

4.4%

Early Childhood Education

3.9%

Social Work

3.5%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

3.3%

Special Education

3.2%

School Counseling

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.0%

English

2.9%

Human Development

2.9%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Biblical Studies

2.6%

Nursing

2.3%

Mental Health Counseling

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

25.1%

Other

18.8%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.5%
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Zac Poonen - Raising Our Children For God | Full Sermon

Hillary speaks TRUTH: I fought children and families all my career!""

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Real Children's Ministries Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Children's Ministry First Evangelical Church of Diamond Bar Diamond Bar, CA Aug 03, 2016 $50,565
Children's Ministry Director The Welling Up Church of New Jersey Teaneck, NJ Jan 13, 2016 $43,264
Children's Ministry Director The Welling Up Church of New Jersey Teaneck, NJ Jan 01, 2013 $43,264
Children's Ministry Director The Welling Up Church of New Jersey Teaneck, NJ Jan 14, 2013 $43,264
Children's Ministry Director The Welling Up Church of New Jersey Teaneck, NJ Dec 01, 2012 $43,264
Children's Ministry Director The Welling Up Church Teaneck, NJ Dec 01, 2012 $43,264
Director of Children's and Youth Ministry Auburn Korean Methodist Church Auburn, AL Oct 01, 2012 $42,494
Director of Children's Ministry Korean Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Inc. Rossville, GA Feb 12, 2016 $41,538
Director of Children's Ministry The Trustees of Advent Lutheran Church Boca Raton, FL Sep 21, 2016 $40,800
Children's Ministry Program Director South Camden Christian Fellowship, Inc. Camden, NJ Dec 15, 2009 $39,500
Children's Ministry Director Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Ny NY Apr 29, 2016 $37,627
Director of Children's Ministry Hanaim Church Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Sep 30, 2016 $37,627
Director of Children's Ministry Hanaim Church Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $36,105
Director of Children's Ministry Hanaim Church Inc. Paramus, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $36,105
Director of Children's Ministry Full Gospel New York Church NY Jan 27, 2016 $33,114
Children's Ministry Director First Filipino American United Methodist Church Houston, TX Sep 30, 2012 $29,155
Children's Ministry Director New Hope Korean Church Burtonsville, MD Sep 01, 2011 $27,040

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Top Skills for A Children's Ministries Director

  1. Ministry
  2. Appropriate Curriculum
  3. Nursery Staff
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  • Reviewed and selected curriculum, developed budgets and oversaw procurement and distribution of ministry resources.
  • Created age-appropriate curriculum that aligned Sunday sermons with lessons for 1,800 children ages 2-12.
  • Supervised the nursery staff and oversaw the director and teachers of Methodist day school.
  • Developed and lead special events that support children and families, such as summer programming and child dedication classes and ceremonies.
  • Started a youth group for elementary age children (pre-k through 5th grade) called Praise Kids.

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