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What Is an Early Childhood Director and How to Become One


What Is an Early Childhood Director?

An early childhood director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a preschool, daycare, or another early childhood program. Responsibilities include staff supervision, meeting with parents, addressing enrollment issues, and signing off on marketing and informational materials for the program or school. Other duties are to encourage social and emotional development through education and interaction. In addition to developing the curriculum, an early childhood director may hire and train new staff and prepare yearly budgets. Qualifications typically include a bachelor’s degree in child development or education and prior experience.

How to Become an Early Childhood Director

The qualifications to become an early childhood director depend largely on the type of school or program you work at, but typically include a bachelor’s degree in child development or education and prior experience working with children. Independent owners of childcare or preschool programs may need to be licensed by the state, but may not need to meet the same educational requirements. An early childhood director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a preschool or daycare, or another early childhood program. Responsibilities include staff supervision, meeting with parents, and developing a curriculum to encourage through education and interaction.