Preschool directors manage the everyday activities of a preschool and are the administrator and point of contact for all employees and parents. Depending on the size of the preschool, some directors are the owners, while others have been hired into the position.
Preschool directors oversee the budget, policies, programs, and staff of an early childhood learning center, typically catering to children aged three to five. They must make sure that the staff are complying with state and federal law. There are many guidelines for a preschool, including maintaining a specific adult to child ratio and developing a curriculum that follows state standards. Many preschool directors develop the daily schedule for the preschool classes. They collaborate with teachers to ensure that transition times are appropriate, as well as bathroom and snack breaks. Since many preschools offer both half-day and full-day services, it is important that the day is structured in an appropriate manner.
Preschool directors will typically have hiring and firing ability, ensuring that the teachers placed in their classrooms are effective. They often converse with parents regarding any student concerns, balance the budget and oversee payroll, and speak with prospective client parents. Some preschool directors may have assistant directors to help assist them.
Preschool directors almost always have experience with teaching at that age level. They are typically required to hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development. Some also have post-graduate degrees, and they will sometimes be required to attain a licensure to hold the position of preschool director.
Director, Preschool Tasks
- Maintain school paperwork, keeping files on each child, attendance and incident reports, and proof of meeting government regulations.
- Manage the school budget, paying expenses for facilities, authorize purchases, and ensure adequate revenue is coming in.
- Meet with parents to discuss student progress and answer questions about school programs.
- Hire, supervise, direct, and evaluate preschool staff and teachers, design, and implement curriculum.
- Direct marketing activities to promote the preschool to parents, including placing ads and maintaining a website.