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Preschool / Childcare Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Preschool or Childcare Director manages and directs programs for very young children. Supervises child care workers and pre-school teachers. Proposes policies, program fees and budgets for approval by a program board or administrative agency or implements policies of a national organization. Meets with parents and staff to discuss the development, learning and behavior of children in the program or center. Orders supplies and monitors maintenance and cleaning at a facility. Ensures that the program or center meets state and federal guidelines.

Job Outlook

There were 563 Preschool / Childcare Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18058 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Preschool / Childcare Director industry, which includes the Preschool / Childcare Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Preschool / Childcare Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $48,210.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $43,306.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Preschool / Childcare Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $36,532.

Education and Experience

Posted Preschool / Childcare Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree21.09%
Bachelor's Degree42.46%
Master's Degree13.85%
Doctoral Degree1.52%
Other19.65%

Posted Preschool / Childcare Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years58.61%
3 to 5 years37.79%
6 to 8 years2.01%
9+ years1.59%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Preschool / Childcare Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (33.76%)
  • Leadership (29.75%)
  • Management (26.68%)
  • Operations (22.32%)
  • Teaching (21.01%)
  • Planning (17.41%)
  • Writing (9.64%)
  • Customer Service (9.62%)
  • English Language (8.98%)
  • Coordinating (8.02%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Child Development (38.91%)
  • Preschool Education (44.04%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Social Work (7.93%)
  • Early Head Start (Education Program) (10.33%)
  • Early Childhood Education (9.48%)
  • Head Start (Education Program) (11.7%)
  • Working With Children (11.66%)
  • Mental Health (5.24%)
  • Marketing (13.08%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Preschool / Childcare Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Preschool Director
  • Childcare Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Before and After School Site Director
  • Daycare Director
  • Early Childhood Director
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Director of Early Childhood Education
  • Center Director

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Preschool / Childcare Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • KinderCare Education (1324)
  • YMCA (915)
  • Learning Care Group (199)
  • Right At School (193)
  • Cadence Education (177)
  • Learning Experience (155)
  • La Petite Academy (143)
  • Alphabest Education (111)
  • Children Of America (68)
  • Childcare Network (66)

North Carolina

  • KinderCare Education (22)
  • YMCA (13)
  • Childcare Network (13)
  • Sunshine House (11)
  • Learning Jungle (11)
  • Southeastern Community Action Partnership (10)
  • Learning Experience (10)
  • Cadence Education (10)
  • The Sunshine House (10)
  • La Petite Academy (9)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!