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Working As A Day 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

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Day 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 Day 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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Top Skills for A Day Care Center Director

  1. Child Care
  2. Staff Members
  3. Community Outreach
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served on the Philadelphia Child Care Coalition that helped to create the Mayor's Office of Child Care;.
  • Supervised 13 Staff Members including teachers in Day Care and Pre-School environments.
  • Planned and coordinated activities for a community outreach program.
  • Negotiated workshop contracts, coordinated daily activities.
  • Executed daily operations of by completing classroom observation and assessments.

Day Care Center Director Demographics

Gender

Female

68.4%

Unknown

17.9%

Male

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

Chinese

15.4%

Japanese

15.4%

Russian

15.4%

Cornish

7.7%

Turkish

7.7%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%
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Day Care Center Director Education

Schools

Kean University

8.6%

Saint Joseph's University

5.7%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

5.7%

James Madison University

5.7%

College of Charleston

5.7%

Georgia State University

5.7%

Kennesaw State University

5.7%

Houston Community College

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Grambling State University

5.7%

University of Miami

5.7%

West Virginia University

5.7%

Montclair State University

5.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.7%

University of La Verne

2.9%

Salem State University

2.9%

Sterling College (Kansas)

2.9%

Cape Cod Community College

2.9%

Southeast Community College Area

2.9%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.9%
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Majors

Social Work

11.4%

Early Childhood Education

10.6%

Nursing

9.8%

Education

8.9%

Psychology

8.1%

Business

8.1%

Elementary Education

6.5%

Human Development

5.7%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Recreation Management

3.3%

English

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Management

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Human Services

2.4%

Educational Leadership

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.6%

Pharmacy

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.6%

Masters

27.3%

Other

14.5%

Associate

11.6%

Diploma

4.7%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.3%
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