How Do I Become a Director of a Daycare Center?

As a director of a daycare, you'll oversee teachers, workers and volunteers while also improving educational services and health programs. The requirements and regulations for becoming a director of a daycare center vary widely from state to state, although earning a degree is a good first step. Read on to learn more about typical job duties, education requirements and other credential options. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Do as the Director of a Daycare?

A director of a daycare center must be able to organize and supervise the day-to-day activities of a daycare facility. Once in the position, you will train and evaluate part-time personnel in the daycare program and be responsible for recruiting, hiring and training new employees. You'll provide direct supervision to daycare teachers' assistants who work within the program. Program planning, financial planning and facility maintenance are just a few of your management responsibilities.

What Education Should I Seek?

Degree programs that might prepare you for a position as a daycare director include those related to childhood development, business management or elementary education. Generally, a bachelor's degree program in child care management can prepare you for a career managing the care of small children. Your courses will likely teach you about communication, counseling, nutrition, program planning, organizational theory, childhood education, early human development, welfare services, human resources and basic health. Because state regulations vary, you should learn state rules and requirements regarding child care facilities before seeking any particular degree.

How Should I Obtain Licensure?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), educational directors at the daycare level must be at least 21 years old; if they're working at a public daycare, they typically must hold a bachelor's degree (www.bls.gov). If you plan to care for more than a few children, you must earn state licensure and have a criminal background check completed.

You can seek certification through a credentialing center. The Council for Professional Recognition provides a credential for a child development associate (www.cdacouncil.org). To be eligible for this exam, you must have 120 credit hours of schooling and 480 hours of experience. You must also turn in an observation report, parent surveys and a portfolio.

The National Child Care Association offers an administrator credential (www.nccanet.org). This credential is national and provides employers with proof that you know how to manage and maintain a child care facility.

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