What does a Preschool or Childcare Director do?
Preschool/childcare directors are responsible for all aspects of the daily activities, planning, and budgets of their center’s program to include the supervision and leadership of staff with the caring and teaching of children. They mainly work in child daycare services on a full time basis. Some directors own the facilities and others are independently owned and operated.
How to Become a Preschool or Childcare Director
Preschool and childcare directors typically require at least bachelor’s degree in early childhood education along with experience. Programs teach students about child development, observation and documentation of children’s progress, and strategies for teaching young children. Some employers desire degreed candidates with some postsecondary coursework in early childhood education.
Preschool and childcare directors may also be required by some states or employers to hold a nationally recognized credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA). The CDA credential requires coursework, being observed working with children, and experience in the field. The credential is good for 3 years and requires renewal.
Some states accept the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation that is offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation that carries it’s own requirements and is renewable every 2 years.
Job Description of a Preschool and Childcare Director
Preschool and childcare directors typically supervise and direct staff, prepare budgets, develop educational programs, and oversee daily activities of their center. They also train new staff and hire new staff members.
A director assists staff in solving conflicts between children and help them communicate with parents and other staff. A director ensures their center’s facilities are maintained, clean, and meet the state regulations. Some preschool and daycare centers, like Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding and directors must ensure all state and federal guidelines are met.
A preschool/childcare director should be skilled in business, communication, organizational, leadership, and have interpersonal skills.