Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
SOC: 11-9031.00


Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and nonacademic activities of preschool and childcare centers or programs.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Alternate Titles:

  • Administrator
  • Art Coordinator
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Center Administrator
  • Child Care Center Administrator
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Child Care Director
  • Childcare Administrator
  • Childcare Center Administrator
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Director
  • Day Care Center Director
  • Day Care Director
  • Daycare Manager
  • Director
  • Director of Child Care Center
  • Director of Preschool
  • Director of Testing
  • Early Care Superintendent
  • Early Childhood Development Manager
  • Early Childhood Program Supervisor (ECP Supervisor)
  • Early Childhood Services Director
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Early Head Start Director
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Director
  • Education Site Manager
  • Education Specialist
  • Educational Program Director
  • Executive Director
  • Head Start Coordinator
  • Head Start Director
  • Montessori Program Director
  • Prekindergarten Program Coordinator
  • Preschool Director
  • Principal
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Site Coordinator
  • Special Education Director
  • Teacher
  • Therapeutic Preschool Program Manager
  • Vice Principal
  • Vocational Training Director

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and students' behavioral or learning problems.
  • Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance activities.
  • Set educational standards and goals and help establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out.
  • Monitor students' progress and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
  • Determine allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment and authorize purchases.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff and recommend personnel actions for programs and services.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of teachers or administrators at daycare centers, schools, public agencies, or institutions.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of educational, vocational, or student activity programs.
  • Review and interpret government codes and develop procedures to meet codes and to ensure facility safety, security, and maintenance.
  • Determine the scope of educational program offerings and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.
  • Review and evaluate new and current programs to determine their efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with state, local, and federal regulations and recommend any necessary modifications.
  • Teach classes or courses or provide direct care to children.
  • Prepare and submit budget requests or grant proposals to solicit program funding.
  • Write articles, manuals, and other publications and assist in the distribution of promotional literature about programs and facilities.
  • Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information, and demographic and employment trends to forecast enrollment patterns and the need for curriculum changes.
  • Inform businesses, community groups, and governmental agencies about educational needs, available programs, and program policies.
  • Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact digital cameras
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • ACS Technologies HeadMaster
  • Auburn Software Debit Square
  • B&I Computer Consultants Childcare Sage
  • Cirrus Group Daycare Works
  • SchoolPerfect
  • Emerging Technologies Office Center
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Intuit Quicken software
  • Jackrabbit Technologies Jackrabbit Care
  • Kressa Software SchoolLeader
  • MAGGEY software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mount Taylor Programs Private Advantage
  • OnCare Advantage
  • ONE Software KidsONE
  • Orgmation iCare
  • Personalized Software Childcare Manager
  • PraxiPower PraxiSchool
  • Professional Solutions ProCare
  • ScholarCare
  • SDS Software Solutions DayCare Information Systems PRO
  • SoftCare CenterCare
  • SofterWare EZ-CARE2
  • The Gallagher Group DataCare
  • Web browser software

  • management

    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020