A Program Director is the person or the team responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program which serves young children and/or school age children. The person on the front line may be called: director, manager, education specialist, supervisor, coordinator, or administrator. The director has many responsibilities that require a wide range of knowledge and skills. It is a broad role requiring leadership and oversight of the place, the program and the people.
Competencies for Program Directors of Early Childhood and Afterschool Programs describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed in an administrative role. All of the competencies are relevant for continuing professional development as a director in this field.
They are organized around five knowledge areas, expanding on the core competencies for both early childhood and afterschool professionals.
- Child and Youth Development
- Families and Communities
- Teaching and Learning/Curriculum and Learning Environments
- Healthy and Safe Environments
- Professionalism and Program Organization (including professionalism, fiscal management, personnel and leadership)
Vermont Early Childhood and Afterschool Program Director Credential is defined by the Program Director competencies. It is for both center-based and family child care settings- experienced directors and those aspiring to these roles. The credential is a three-step process including college coursework and portfolio development.