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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 50 $56,900
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 590 $36,790
Mesa 590 $36,790
Phoenix 590 $36,790
Tucson 170 $41,990
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 180 $54,750
North Little Rock 180 $54,750
Little Rock 180 $54,750
Jonesboro 70 $32,590
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 2080 $54,130
Los Angeles 2080 $54,130
Anaheim 2080 $54,130
San Francisco 1710 $56,100
Hayward 1710 $56,100
Oakland 1710 $56,100
Sunnyvale 750 $57,710
San Jose 750 $57,710
Santa Clara 750 $57,710
San Diego 460 $58,630
Carlsbad 460 $58,630
Sacramento 400 $36,010
Arcade 400 $36,010
Roseville 400 $36,010
Arden 400 $36,010
Riverside 360 $43,800
San Bernardino 360 $43,800
Ontario 360 $43,800
Fresno 290 $44,530
Thousand Oaks 180 $47,400
Ventura 180 $47,400
Oxnard 180 $47,400
Stockton 90 $35,720
Lodi 90 $35,720
Santa Rosa 80 $44,910
Santa Cruz 80 $50,830
Watsonville 80 $50,830
Santa Maria 60 $48,090
Santa Barbara 60 $48,090
Salinas 50 $82,770
Modesto 40 $46,150
Arroyo Grande 30 $56,520
Paso Robles 30 $56,520
San Luis Obispo 30 $56,520
Bakersfield N/A $37,470
Chico N/A $41,250
Vallejo N/A $46,620
Fairfield N/A $46,620
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 390 $39,550
Aurora 390 $39,550
Denver 390 $39,550
Fort Collins 60 $38,540
Colorado Springs 50 $48,540
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 260 $44,520
East Hartford 260 $44,520
West Hartford 260 $44,520
Bridgeport 210 $73,510
Norwalk 210 $73,510
Stamford 210 $73,510
New Haven 190 $44,340
Waterbury 30 $68,700
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $48,400
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 180 $54,600
Fort Lauderdale 180 $54,600
Miami 180 $54,600
Sanford 100 N/A
Kissimmee 100 N/A
Orlando 100 N/A
Clearwater 90 $38,750
St. Petersburg 90 $38,750
Tampa 90 $38,750
Jacksonville 30 $66,870
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1140 $35,770
Atlanta 1140 $35,770
Sandy Springs 1140 $35,770
Savannah 60 $35,120
Clarke County 40 $47,990
Athens 40 $47,990
Macon N/A $35,450
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 150 $46,140
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 $38,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 50 $44,860
Bloomington 50 $48,410
Rockford 40 $41,220
Decatur 30 $37,070
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 310 $35,800
Carmel 310 $35,800
Indianapolis 310 $35,800
Fort Wayne 60 $40,180
Bloomington 40 $32,470
Terre Haute N/A $32,330
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 210 $37,630
West Des Moines 210 $37,630
Iowa City 70 $41,150
Cedar Rapids 60 $40,240
Waterloo 40 $32,530
Cedar Falls 40 $32,530
Dubuque 30 $40,150
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 100 $38,130
Topeka 40 $43,510
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 60 $42,080
Lexington 60 $42,080
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 80 $38,030
Metairie 40 $44,970
New Orleans 40 $44,970
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 90 $35,870
Portland 90 $35,870
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 530 $49,990
Columbia 530 $49,990
Baltimore 530 $49,990
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 70 $46,380
Barnstable Town 40 $50,050
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 560 $39,940
Warren 560 $39,940
Detroit 560 $39,940
Wyoming 100 $40,480
Grand Rapids 100 $40,480
Lansing 90 $41,500
East Lansing 90 $41,500
Ann Arbor 90 $46,240
Portage 50 $50,210
Kalamazoo 50 $50,210
Flint 50 $62,270
Jackson 30 $46,380
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 60 $39,870
Rochester N/A $49,160
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 50 $39,630
Hattiesburg 30 N/A
Pascagoula 30 $43,450
Biloxi 30 $43,450
Gulfport 30 $43,450
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 30 $36,650
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 90 $45,200
Henderson 90 $45,200
Las Vegas 90 $45,200
Reno 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 70 $37,870
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 110 $57,530
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 140 $39,170
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 280 $36,520
Troy 280 $36,520
Schenectady 280 $36,520
Cheektowaga 260 $37,710
Niagara Falls 260 $37,710
Buffalo 260 $37,710
Rochester 220 $50,530
Syracuse 120 $39,510
Rome 50 $44,120
Utica 50 $44,120
Kingston 40 $40,630
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
High Point 90 $40,810
Greensboro 90 $40,810
Winston 90 $44,780
Salem 90 $44,780
Chapel Hill 50 $51,680
Durham 50 $51,680
Fayetteville 40 $38,550
Asheville 40 $41,430
Wilmington 40 $58,840
Raleigh N/A $44,910
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 600 $36,620
Elyria 480 $38,580
Cleveland 480 $38,580
Dayton 200 $40,600
Akron 110 $36,750
Toledo 80 $31,670
Canton 60 $32,530
Massillon 60 $32,530
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 320 $42,120
Tulsa 260 $41,370
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 80 $41,830
Salem 80 $42,650
Corvallis 30 $45,450
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 270 $46,370
Harrisburg 140 $32,160
Carlisle 140 $32,160
Barre 130 $35,650
Hazleton 130 $35,650
Wilkes 130 $35,650
Scranton 130 $35,650
Erie 50 $32,430
Lancaster 50 $36,710
York 50 $41,080
Hanover 50 $41,080
State College 30 $44,410
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 120 $35,860
Carolina 120 $35,860
San Juan 120 $35,860
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 150 $27,530
Charleston 150 $27,530
Mauldin 130 $65,070
Anderson 130 $65,070
Greenville 130 $65,070
Spartanburg 70 $41,990
Columbia 60 $30,690
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 200 $38,000
Franklin 130 $31,400
Murfreesboro 130 $31,400
Davidson 130 $31,400
Nashville 130 $31,400
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 650 $45,940
The Woodlands 650 $45,940
Houston 650 $45,940
Arlington 620 $44,930
Dallas 620 $44,930
Fort Worth 620 $44,930
Round Rock 210 $45,670
Austin 210 $45,670
New Braunfels 200 $37,800
San Antonio 200 $37,800
Mission 40 $46,270
McAllen 40 $46,270
Edinburg 40 $46,270
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 170 $34,030
Clearfield N/A $34,260
Ogden N/A $34,260
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 110 $41,230
Burlington 110 $41,230
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 110 $61,950
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 720 $38,270
Seattle 720 $38,270
Tacoma 720 $38,270
Spokane Valley 70 $49,920
Spokane 70 $49,920
Yakima 30 N/A
Tumwater N/A $41,890
Olympia N/A $41,890
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 270 $38,560
West Allis 250 $48,650
Waukesha 250 $48,650
Milwaukee 250 $48,650
Green Bay 60 $42,340
Eau Claire 50 $50,370
Appleton 40 $47,170

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.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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