Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff
Establish policies and communicate them to staff and parents
Develop educational programs and standards
Ensure instructional excellence
Assist staff in resolving conflicts between children
Aid staff in communicating with parents
Meet with parents and staff to discuss students' progress
Prepare budgets and allocate program funds
Ensure facilities are maintained and cleaned according to state regulations
Some preschools and childcare centers are independently owned and operated. In these facilities, directors must follow the instructions and guidelines of the owner. Sometimes, directors own the facilities, so they decide how to operate them.
Other preschools and childcare centers are part of a national chain or franchise. The director of a chain or franchise also must ensure that the facility meets its parent organization's standards and regulations.
In addition, some preschools and childcare centers, such as Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding. Directors of these schools and centers must ensure that their programs, staff, and facilities meet state and federal guidelines. For example, they must ensure that the staff meets the educational requirements set by the Department of Health and Human Services.