The principal function of an assistant director for a preschool is to assist and work closely with the director of the preschool, performing a number of tasks that help ensure the facility functions effectively. They help create and develop the preschool's curriculum, as well as ensure curriculum implementation. Assistant directors for preschools work closely with the director to manage all aspects of the classroom experience; they also interact regularly with instructors, providing training, guidance, and discipline as necessary. These professionals may work directly with children in a variety of settings, helping to create a safe and fun learning environment. Additionally, assistant directors communicate directly with parents, helping resolve concerns, handling payment issues, and providing information on children's progress. The assistant director may also handle logistical elements of the business, such as scheduling, advertising, and marketing.
Typically, an assistant director must have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field. Depending on state law, an assistant director might also need to possess certain certifications. Prior experience working with young children is also generally required, as is the ability to pass a background check. Assistant directors of preschools must also be knowledgeable of relevant federal, state, and local regulations. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with children; leadership and business management skills are beneficial in this role as well.
Assistant Director, Preschool Tasks
Work with the director and teachers to establish, evaluate, and revise curriculum.
Assist the director with planning, managing, marketing, and directing a preschool.
Teach and monitor children when needed.
Maintain center paperwork, keeping files on each child and proof of meeting government regulations.
Supervise and evaluate teachers, provide mentoring and training to help teachers improve their skills.