Education Administrator, Preschool or Child Care Center Program Salary
With just over a half of Preschool or Child Care Education Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Preschool or Child Care Education Administrators is $39K per year and can range from $21K on the lower end to $54K per year near the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Preschool or Child Care Education Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Education Administrator, Preschool or Child Care Center Program
The primary responsibility of program education administrators in pre-school and child care is to provide educational assistance to both teachers and teachers' assistants. This may include allocating money for supplies to educate students and ensuring that they are progressing and learning efficiently. Those in this position are also in charge of directing and guiding teachers, ensuring that facilities are maintained properly, resolving any issues which may arise, and directing the care that is provided to children.Read More...
Some in this position are required to provide attendance/performance reviews of students for local government offices and the parents/guardians of the children who attend their programs. Because these administrators work with children, most states require them to have state and local clearances, as well as First Aid Certification. Candidates for the position should work well with children and in stressful work environments and have good listening and communication skills, as well as the ability to understand problems and find viable solutions. They are also expected to be both independent and highly dependable.
Those in this position must have sufficient computer skills and a strong understanding of Microsoft Office, accounting software, and program-planning software (i.e. ACS Technologies HeadMaster). An associate's or bachelor's degree is generally required for this position, and prior working experience in pre-schools or child care centers may also be required.
Education Administrator, Preschool or Child Care Center Program Tasks
- Maintain school paperwork, keeping files on each child, attendance and incident reports, and proof of meeting government regulations.
- Manage the budget, paying expenses for facilities, authorizing purchases, and ensuring adequate revenue is coming in.
- Hire, supervise, and evaluate facility staff, provide mentoring and training to help teachers improve their skills.
- Plan, manage, market, and direct a preschool or childcare program.
- Meet with parents to discuss student progress and answer questions about school programs.
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Pay by Experience Level for Education Administrator, Preschool or Child Care Center Program
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $30K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $30K. For Preschool or Child Care Education Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.
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