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Preschool Administrators

Preschool administrators plan, oversee and coordinate the educational and non-educational activities at preschool centers and child care centers. They manage the routine activities and provide instructional leadership. They also hire the staff members.

Preschool administrators establish the objectives and standards. They also manage the financial aspects of a preschool or a day care center. Preschool administrators ensure that the school meets required regulations and educational standards.

The following is a list of sample job titles: child care center administrator, child care center director, child care director, daycare manager, director of child care center, director of preschool, early care superintendent, and preschool director.

Responsibilities

  • Set standards and goals
  • Develop and submit budget requests
  • Monitor children's progress
  • Determine allocation of funds
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring and training of staff members
  • Plan, oversee and monitor content and methods of educational and activity programs
  • Oversee and coordinate the activities of administration personnel and teachers
  • Discuss with parents their child's progress in various areas
  • Determine the range of educational program offerings
  • Evaluate new and current programs to determine their effectiveness

Job Characteristics

Many educational administrators find working with students very rewarding. However, dealing with difficult children can be challenging. Due to interacting with teachers, parents and children, good interpersonal, communication and motivational skills are important for the occupation. Knowledge of leadership principles and practices is beneficial.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is expecting a 24% growth in employment for preschool and childcare center administrators from 2006 to 2016. The strong growth forecast is due to the increasing amount of enrollments in formal child care programs. Also, more preschool directors will be required as more states expand or implement public preschool programs. In 2006 there were 56,000 preschool or childcare administrators.

In 2008, administrators working in preschools and childcare centers earned $39,940. Opportunities for employment may vary by regions of the country.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Administrators that work in preschool programs at public schools are often required to have earned at least a bachelor's degree. Almost all states require preschool and child care center directors to be licensed.

Education administration degree programs usually include classes in school law, school leadership, school finance and budgeting, curriculum development and evaluation, research design and data analysis, community relations and other subjects.

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Major Employers

The major employers are child day care centers, elementary schools, individual and family services, civil and social organizations and religious organizations.

Schools for Preschool And Child Care Administrators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Preschool and Child Care Administrators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Preschool and Child Care Administrators jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $66,210
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 560 $38,200
Mesa 560 $38,200
Phoenix 560 $38,200
Tucson 120 $42,980
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 110 $50,180
North Little Rock 110 $50,180
Little Rock 110 $50,180
Jonesboro 70 $34,440
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 2080 $48,130
Los Angeles 2080 $48,130
Anaheim 2080 $48,130
San Francisco 1710 $51,300
Oakland 1710 $51,300
Hayward 1710 $51,300
Santa Clara 630 $56,570
San Jose 630 $56,570
Sunnyvale 630 $56,570
San Diego 470 $50,300
Carlsbad 470 $50,300
Riverside 420 $42,630
Ontario 420 $42,630
San Bernardino 420 $42,630
Arden 310 $44,250
Roseville 310 $44,250
Arcade 310 $44,250
Sacramento 310 $44,250
Thousand Oaks 180 $46,780
Ventura 180 $46,780
Oxnard 180 $46,780
Fresno 120 $65,150
Santa Rosa 110 $46,780
Bakersfield 90 $39,570
Lodi 80 $35,730
Stockton 80 $35,730
Watsonville 80 $51,260
Santa Cruz 80 $51,260
San Luis Obispo 70 $43,860
Arroyo Grande 70 $43,860
Paso Robles 70 $43,860
Santa Maria 60 $48,260
Santa Barbara 60 $48,260
Salinas 50 $88,070
Modesto 40 $44,330
Visalia 30 $44,490
Porterville 30 $44,490
Napa 30 $46,070
Vallejo N/A $46,880
Fairfield N/A $46,880
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 400 $45,170
Aurora 400 $45,170
Denver 400 $45,170
Fort Collins 60 $38,460
Boulder 60 $45,030
Colorado Springs 50 $49,140
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 250 $57,640
Norwalk 250 $57,640
Stamford 250 $57,640
East Hartford 240 $47,650
Hartford 240 $47,650
West Hartford 240 $47,650
New Haven 160 $45,190
Waterbury 40 $55,220
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $59,210
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 190 $56,700
Fort Lauderdale 190 $56,700
Miami 190 $56,700
Sanford 110 N/A
Kissimmee 110 N/A
Orlando 110 N/A
Clearwater N/A $48,900
St. Petersburg N/A $48,900
Tampa N/A $48,900
Jacksonville N/A $51,450
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1190 $36,330
Atlanta 1190 $36,330
Sandy Springs 1190 $36,330
Savannah 40 $33,980
Macon 40 $38,010
Clarke County 40 $47,200
Athens 40 $47,200
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 150 $44,370
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 80 $29,860
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bloomington 30 $41,950
Rockford 30 $44,740
Peoria N/A $34,940
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 300 $37,460
Anderson 300 $37,460
Carmel 300 $37,460
Fort Wayne 50 $40,170
Elkhart 40 $36,840
Goshen 40 $36,840
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 190 $36,080
Des Moines 190 $36,080
Iowa City 80 $39,150
Cedar Rapids 60 $47,500
Cedar Falls 50 $39,060
Waterloo 50 $39,060
Ames 30 $38,910
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 130 $40,240
Topeka 40 $38,780
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 60 $41,370
Lexington 60 $41,370
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 120 $34,620
Bossier City 50 $32,620
Shreveport 50 $32,620
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 70 $38,120
Portland 70 $38,120
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 490 $50,910
Columbia 490 $50,910
Baltimore 490 $50,910
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 60 $44,290
Barnstable Town 40 $48,150
Pittsfield N/A $40,750
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 500 $43,750
Warren 500 $43,750
Detroit 500 $43,750
Wyoming 110 $42,530
Grand Rapids 110 $42,530
East Lansing 90 $46,860
Lansing 90 $46,860
Ann Arbor 80 $46,420
Kalamazoo 50 $48,200
Portage 50 $48,200
Flint 50 $60,160
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 100 $30,890
Hattiesburg 40 N/A
Pascagoula 40 $45,100
Biloxi 40 $45,100
Gulfport 40 $45,100
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $38,540
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 90 $38,810
Henderson 90 $38,810
Las Vegas 90 $38,810
Reno N/A $37,300
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 80 $37,810
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 110 $56,120
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 160 $38,300
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 310 $38,490
Buffalo 310 $38,490
Niagara Falls 310 $38,490
Troy 300 $38,140
Albany 300 $38,140
Schenectady 300 $38,140
Rochester 200 $40,070
Syracuse 130 $39,850
Rome 70 $47,050
Utica 70 $47,050
Kingston 40 $38,440
Binghamton 40 $43,390
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 260 $44,520
Durham 220 $56,270
Chapel Hill 220 $56,270
Winston 80 $47,670
Salem 80 $47,670
High Point 70 $45,250
Greensboro 70 $45,250
Jacksonville 40 $26,370
Fayetteville N/A $35,420
Asheville N/A $48,600
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 530 $37,450
Elyria 380 $41,070
Cleveland 380 $41,070
Dayton 250 $42,150
Akron 110 $35,760
Toledo 100 $45,940
Canton 70 $35,650
Massillon 70 $35,650
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 240 $46,460
Tulsa 220 $44,820
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 60 $43,980
Salem N/A $30,940
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 430 $42,680
Harrisburg 130 $38,300
Carlisle 130 $38,300
Wilkes 110 $34,810
Barre 110 $34,810
Hazleton 110 $34,810
Scranton 110 $34,810
Lancaster 80 $35,610
Hanover 60 $38,020
York 60 $38,020
Reading 50 $43,300
Johnstown 40 $28,650
State College 40 $44,500
Erie N/A $30,530
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 130 $34,150
Carolina 130 $34,150
San Juan 130 $34,150
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 110 $29,680
Anderson 110 $29,680
Greenville 110 $29,680
Charleston 110 $32,450
North Charleston 110 $32,450
Columbia 90 $62,950
Spartanburg 60 $43,190
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 210 $37,890
Franklin 160 $28,170
Murfreesboro 160 $28,170
Davidson 160 $28,170
Nashville 160 $28,170
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 820 $42,770
Houston 820 $42,770
The Woodlands 820 $42,770
Dallas 600 $43,190
Arlington 600 $43,190
Fort Worth 600 $43,190
Austin 280 $42,470
Round Rock 280 $42,470
New Braunfels 200 $45,160
San Antonio 200 $45,160
Mission 60 $37,830
Edinburg 60 $37,830
McAllen 60 $37,830
Corpus Christi 40 $46,470
Temple N/A $52,140
Killeen N/A $52,140
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 150 $35,770
Clearfield 60 $24,800
Ogden 60 $24,800
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $42,090
Burlington 120 $42,090
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 80 $46,800
Roanoke 30 $37,600
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 620 $45,360
Seattle 620 $45,360
Tacoma 620 $45,360
Yakima 40 N/A
Olympia 30 $34,190
Tumwater 30 $34,190
Spokane N/A $48,790
Spokane Valley N/A $48,790
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 280 $39,840
West Allis 280 $46,260
Waukesha 280 $46,260
Milwaukee 280 $46,260
Green Bay 70 $36,320
Racine 40 $35,940
Appleton 40 $38,110
Eau Claire 40 $52,460
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 30 $28,600

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Preschool and Child Care Administrators

To find out more about building a career as Preschool Administrators, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Preschool and Child Care Administrators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Social Service 35,190 71% $37,640
Education 8,910 18% $59,210
Non-profit 3,670 7% $38,580
Government 900 1% $50,730
Business Management 550 1% $50,490
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