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. That person may be called: director, manager, supervisor, coordinator, or administrator.
Program Director and Program regulations
The VT Center Based Child Care and Preschool licensing Regulations (see section 7) require program directors of programs with 13 or more children to either have a Program Director Certificate or complete college courses related to their job.
Here is a chart of what is required to meet licensing regulations.
Here are the common college courses that meet the licensing regulations for center based child care programs. This is not a complete list.
What Program Directors need to know
Competencies for Program Directors of Early Childhood and Afterschool Programs describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed in an administrative role.
They are organized around five knowledge areas
- 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.