|Quick Facts: Preschool and Childcare Center Directors
$49,690 per year
$23.89 per hour
|Less than 5 years
Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead their staffs, design program plans, oversee daily activities, and prepare budgets.
Preschool and childcare center directors work primarily in child daycare services. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.
A bachelor’s degree and experience in early childhood education are typically required to become a preschool and childcare center director. However, educational requirements vary. Additionally, some employers require these directors to have a nationally recognized credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
The median annual wage for preschool and childcare center directors was $49,690 in May 2022.
Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to decline 3 percent from 2022 to 2032.
Despite declining employment, about 4,600 openings for preschool and childcare center directors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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