Childcare is an essential practice in the United States that deals with providing high quality care to children while their parents are working. Childcare directors are trained professionals that ensure childcare facilities are functioning effectively and efficiently.
What does a childcare director do?
Childcare directors manage childcare facilities and ensure they are providing high quality care to children. They supervise the daily operation and activities of the facility, hire and train staff, and ensure the environment is clean and safe. They also make sure the facility is meeting the required educational and licensing standards and regulations. They consistently monitor children and develop and modify schedules, activities, meal plans, and lesson plans. They also set the hours of the facility, conduct interviews with parents, establish fees, and collect weekly and monthly fees. Childcare directors frequently meet with parents to inform them of the policies and procedures and the progress of their child. They also handle staff and parent complaints and work to resolve differences.
What kind of training does a childcare director need?
Childcare directors typically need at least a high school diploma and sufficient work experience. Childcare directors that supervise public school preschool programs must have at least a bachelor degree. Some childcare directors begin their careers in entry-level positions and advance to higher-level positions as they gain the essential skills and experience. Most states require childcare directors to have a preschool education credential such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) designation. Almost all states require childcare directors to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include minimum experience or education and passing an examination. Most childcare directors complete continuing education and additional training throughout their careers to improve their skills and stay abreast on advancements in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a childcare director?
Employment of childcare directors is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 12% through 2018 (1). The growing population and increased need for childcare services will drive job growth.
Job prospects should be excellent especially for childcare directors with extensive experience. Many job openings will stem from the need to replace childcare directors that retire, transfer, or leave the occupation for other reasons.
How much do childcare directors make?
As of 2012, childcare directors with less than 1 year experience earn average annual salaries between $24,243 and $34,706. Those with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $25,540 and $36,970 (2).
A career as a childcare director is an excellent choice for individuals that are interested in managing the daily operation of childcare facilities. Childcare directors must have a solid understanding of child development and the policies and practices of childcare. Patience, critical thinking, detail orientation, good leadership skills, and good problem solving abilities are essential. Childcare directors must have the ability to relate and interact with a variety of children, parents, staff, and the community.