Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Administrator
  • Art Coordinator
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Center Administrator
  • Childcare Center Administrator
  • Child Care Center Administrator
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Director
  • Child Care Director
  • Day Care Center Director
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What They Do

  • Monitor students' progress and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
  • Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and students' behavioral or learning problems.
  • Set educational standards and goals and help establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of educational, vocational, or student activity programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Determine allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment and authorize purchases.
  • Determine the scope of educational program offerings and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SEC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.