Childcare Center Administrator  What They Do

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Education Administrators - Preschool and Childcare Centers Career Video



Plans, directs or coordinates the academic and non-academic activities of preschool and child care centers or programs.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Administration and Administrative Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors students' progress and provides students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
  • Confers with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and students' behavioral or learning problems.
  • Sets educational standards and goals and helps establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out.
  • Plans, directs, and monitors instructional methods and content of educational, vocational, or student activity programs.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of teachers or administrators at daycare centers, schools, public agencies, or institutions.
  • Prepares and maintains attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or directs preparation and maintenance activities.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and evaluates primary and supplemental staff and recommends personnel actions for programs and services.
  • Teaches classes or courses or provides direct care to children.
  • Determines allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment and authorizes purchases.
  • Determines the scope of educational program offerings and prepares drafts of program schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Early Care Superintendent --
  • Early Childhood Program Supervisor (ECP Supervisor) --
  • Prekindergarten Program Coordinator --