Professional Development

Program Administrators

Early childhood program administrators are those professionals who are responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating early childhood programs. Common job titles include: center director, site manager, school administrator, program manager, coordinator, and principal. Although an administrator’s title may vary by program type, the same core competencies apply to all, regardless of setting. Administrators may use the Core Competencies to identify areas of need, create targeted professional development plans for the entire staff or individual practitioners, and to evaluate the appropriateness of training offerings. The competency framework can also support administrators to develop rich job descriptions and, in conjunction with a career lattice, can be used to reward practitioners based on competency and performance in areas linked with children’s growth and development.