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Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

Preschool and Childcare Center Directors
Quick Facts : Preschool and Childcare Center Directors*
2010 Median Pay$42,960
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201263,600
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change15,800


Preschool and childcare center directors provide directions and leadership to the staff who teach preschool classes and care. They are responsible for all aspects of their program and overseeing daily activities and prepare plans and budgets. In addition, some preschools and childcare centers, such as Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding.

What Preschool and Childcare Center Directors Do

  • Supervise preschool teachers and childcare workers
  • Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff
  • Meet with parents and staff to discuss students' progress
  • Ensure facilities are maintained and cleaned according to state regulations
  • Develop educational programs and set educational standards

Work Environment

Preschool and childcare center directors work primarily in child day care services. They generally work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to the number of children who are of preschool age is increasing, leading to a greater need for child care and increasing the demand for preschool and childcare center directors.
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Pay

The average salary of preschool and childcare center directors was $42,960 in May 2010.
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Preschool and Childcare Center Directors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

42960

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Preschool and Childcare Center Directors*
Percent Change in Employment

Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

24.8428

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have at least a high school diploma, but some require an associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree in early childhood education or at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.
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