The Child Care Director is responsible for developing and coordinating day care center programs that provide instructional, recreational, and child care activities involving pre- school children. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.
Supervises a staff of day care personnel by interviewing, hiring, training, making work assignments, and evaluating job performance.
Prepares educational, social, and recreational activity plans, makes class assignments, schedules instructional and play activities, and assesses children's needs. Directs registration of children into program, meets with parents regarding programs offered and developing of participants, and recommends changes to programs based on needs. Observes students involved in activities, recommends discipline, counsels teachers and attendants, and coordinates special programs and/or assignments. Participates in instructional and recreational activities, reads stories, leads games, and offers assistance with arts and crafts. Prepares budget, orders supplies and equipment, and prepares reports. Inspects facilities for cleanliness and safety, ensures subordinates observe center rules and regulations, and develops policies and procedures. Greets and directs visitors, answers questions concerning center, and directs tours.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of early childhood development theory and practices. Knowledge of day care activities and operations. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of budgetary practices and procedures. Ability to direct the operation of a day care center. Ability to evaluate early childhood educational programs success in
meeting child’s assessed psychological, social and educational needs.
Ability to project budgetary needs and monitor expenses. Ability to direct the work of subordinates
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in day care management, early childhood education, or a related field; plus two years of experience in day care operations or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.
OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.