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Career Profile: Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare

Plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 60,800 people employed as education and childcare administrators, preschool and daycare in the United States. The median annual salary is $49,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $31,380 per year and senior employees earn approximately $86,040 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

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

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
60,800
Annual Openings:
5,300
Increase in Openings by 2030:
11%
Annual Salary Range:
$31,380 - $86,040
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree