Child Care Service Owners

Child Care Service Owner Interacts with Children

Child care service owners provide care for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. While the parents and guardians are at work, child care providers watch the children and help them develop skills through games and activities. The child care service may be part of the owner's home, or it may be a separate center composed of classrooms, play areas, and areas for infant care. The service owner hires, trains, and schedules child care workers, or teachers, to assist with large numbers of children. The owner must also manage the center's finances, assure that the center meets legal requirements and accreditation standards, and meet with prospective clients. Child care centers are in demand all across the country, as the majority of parents of young children have jobs outside the home. There are approximately 47,560 directors of preschool and child care centers in the United States. According to the National Child Care Association, there are currently about 113,000 licensed child care centers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Care for children; hire, train, and schedule child care workers; manage the center’s finances and business operations; ensure the center meets legal requirements and accreditation standards
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Psychology
Experience Prior experience caring for children highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Multiple Child Care Facilities
  • Child Care Service Owner
  • Small Home-Based Child Care Service Owner
  • Child Care Worker

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