Daycare Director Careers

Careers for daycare directorsCareer Overview

Daycare center directors manage and supervise daycare centers or preschool programs. These educational centers are generally much smaller than an elementary school and deal with much younger children. A daycare center director’s job responsibilities include overseeing daily center activities, hiring and supervising staff, assisting with budgeting and accounting needs of the daycare or preschool and ensure that the institution adheres to regulations and educational standards.

Daycare center directors must have excellent communication and management skills and must be able to work with staff, young children (even infants), and parents and guardians of students. They often work more than 40 hours per week and are very dedicated to helping the children they teach and serve every day.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Elementary Educations
Child & Family Studies
Early Childhood Development

Those working for state funded preschools and daycares are often required to have a Bachelor’s degree. However, private daycare center directors are not required to have any college degrees.


Most states require a general preschool education credential like a child development credential sponsored by the Council for Professional Recognition. There is also a National Administration Credential offered by the National Child Care Association. Both credentials require experience and training in child care management.

School Recommendations:

Ashford University
University of Phoenix
Kaplan University
DeVry University
Liberty University

Employment Trends

Average Salary for Daycare Directors in 2008: $39,900
Jobs in 2008: 58,900
Projected Employment Openings between through 2018: 65,800

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Teachers—preschool, except special education

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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