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Education & Childcare Administrators, Preschool & Daycare

Also called: Education Director, Preschool Director, Principal, Site Coordinator

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and students' behavioral or learning problems.
  • Monitor students' progress and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff and recommend personnel actions for programs and services.


  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by writing
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • ACS Technologies HeadMaster
  • The Gallagher Group DataCare
Desktop communications software
  • ParentSquare
  • Tadpoles
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
  • Intuit Quicken


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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