Preschool and Childcare Center Director at a Glance

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Average Salary for Preschool and Childcare Center Director

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Best States for Preschool and Childcare Center Director

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 14,840 $33,590 $16
New Hampshire 2,470 $27,440 $13
Delaware 2,170 $23,630 $11

Becoming a Preschool and Childcare Center Director

The requirements for becoming a preschool or childcare center director vary by state, but most positions are seeking the same basic elements for potential candidates. There are four different aspects that affect a candidate's ability to be hired for preschool and childcare center director jobs: education, licensure, certification, and experience. Although each of these elements are important, education and licensure are the two most fundamental areas crucial to starting a preschool and childcare center director career.

Depending on the state and type of position, having a high school diploma may be enough education to meet requirements, although most positions require at least some college if not a complete degree. Typically having a degree related to education or the liberal arts (such as history, science, or mathematics) is sufficient but some positions require potential directors to major in early childhood education. Degrees that include courses in childhood education, childhood development, teaching strategies, and observation of childhood education progress usually satisfy requirements for positions in this field:

  • Foundations of Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

In addition to having the right education background, candidates seeking preschool or child care center director jobs must meet the licensure and certification requirements of their state. In most states candidates will be required to have the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, offered by the Council for Professional Recognition, but some states also recognize the Child Care Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not specify the exact licensure necessary for becoming a director at a childcare facility or preschool, it does note that licensure is necessary in most states. Having prior experience in early childhood education, either through internships or entry-level work in the field, can greatly increase a candidate's chances at being hired as a director or for promotion.