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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.

Resources

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.

Preschool and Child Care Administrators Skills

Below are the skills needed to be preschool and child care administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension44.12
Speaking44
Active Listening44
Critical Thinking44
Monitoring44.12

Preschool and Child Care Administrators Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be preschool and child care administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Written Expression4.124.25
Oral Comprehension44.12
Deductive Reasoning44.12
Oral Expression44.38
Written Comprehension44.12

Preschool and Child Care Administrators Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be preschool and child care administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Customer and Personal Service4.485.88
Education and Training4.284.24
Administration and Management4.094.25
English Language3.893.84
Public Safety and Security3.553.42

Preschool and Child Care Administrators Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being preschool and child care administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Training and Teaching Others4.364.53
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships4.335.26
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates4.35.05
Assisting and Caring for Others4.284.33
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards4.234.13

Preschool and Child Care Administrators Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being preschool and child care administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Dependability4.91
Stress Tolerance4.71
Integrity4.69
Self Control4.5
Adaptability/Flexibility4.48

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

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Preschool and Child Care Administrators jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim2,170 $57,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward1,650 $58,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell1,340 $44,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land1,000 $47,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale840 $40,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue720 $51,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara720 $63,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington610 $47,240
Pittsburgh590 $45,340
Cleveland-Elyria480 $40,650

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to preschool administrators

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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