Infant - Preschool Childcare Director

Excellent opportunity for an experienced individual to provide leadership to our full-day childcare programs & future nursery school. 
Job Description

Under the direction of the VP Family & Youth Development, you will be responsible for all aspects of the Infant-Preschool Childcare departments, which include any daycare and future nursery school programs at the New Canaan YMCA.

  • B.A. / B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, and a background in child development and program administration.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills, including supervision, program development, and working with children and parents.
  • A solid grasp of administrative procedures, including budget development, income production, and expense control.
  • Ability to guide and direct staff to provide an early childhood program that positively develops the whole child socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally, and follows the YMCA philosophy.
  • Experience teaching and developing age-appropriate curriculum in an ECE program.
  • Fulfillment of all state licensing requirements (example: A current health examination that includes a negative tuberculin test or chest x-ray and a statement of physical and emotional competence in working with young children signed by a licensed physician, fingerprint, first aid, and CPR certification, and continuing education). 
Essential Functions

Benefits include:  Medical/Dental/eyecare, 9 paid holidays, 32 PTO days (may bank up to 90 sick days), LT disability/Life Insurance, Y membership, and program discounts, Retirement funds


  • Prepare the annual Infant-Preschool Childcare budgets with approval from the VP Family and Youth Development, and be accountable for program incomes and expenses.
  • Establish goals & objectives, and policies, for the program and staff that are consistent with those of the YMCA and State Licensing requirements.
  • Plan and execute the program and curriculum for Infant-Preschool Child Care assuring that the programs provided meet the highest quality standards and strive to develop the whole child – socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.
  • Effective communication with parents; being available and responding to needs in a timely, consistent, compassionate manner. Assisting teaching staff to be the key link in positive/effective communication with each participant’s family as well as fellow staff.
  • Maintain a program that is full and meets the needs of the community through the marketing and promotion of the program on a year-round basis. This includes press releases, web site, flyers, ads, brochures, speaking engagements (schools, civic organizations, preschool information nights, etc), phone calls, tours, etc.
  • Responsible for the registration of participants – preparation of information, tours, communication follow-up, enrollment, billing status, etc. Meet with prospective families.
  • Participate in the New Canaan Early Childhood Directors Association as well as additional community involvement with other children/family-centered organizations.
  • Monitor State, and town child care activities and keep abreast of current trends in the field.
  • Communicate with consultants and state agencies as necessary.
  • Communicate pertinent information obtained through contact with staff, parents, and children, as well as recommendations of policy, supervision, and overall operation of the program with the Chief Operating Officer in a timely manner (at least weekly).
  • Work closely with other YMCA Directors as needed.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the established financial and business procedures of the YMCA.
  • Attend all professional staff meetings to keep informed of all activities at the YMCA.  Perform weekend “On Call” duty responsibilities, as determined by procedures.
  • Assume all other duties and assignments deemed appropriate by the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Be knowledgeable of the “40 Developmental Assets” set forth by the Search Institute.  For more information, check the website at
  • Assist in all YMCA activities and special events as needed,  and encourage staff to do so as well, in order to ensure their success
  • Perform other duties as designated by the supervisor. 
  • Job Description may be changed at any time by the supervisor.


  • Provide leadership and support to all program staff.  This includes recruitment, hiring, training, daily supervision, and evaluation of the work of the staff in a timely manner.
  • Organize, schedule, and lead meetings with staff on a weekly basis.  
  • Attend appropriate training (YMCA as well as childcare) and be sure staff does as well.
  • All staff must acquire at least the minimum hours of continuing education required by state licensing.
  • Oversee that all staff and participant files and program information are up to date and on file at all times.
  • Establish weekly teacher schedules in a timely manner, working with requests and PTO.
  • Complete bi-weekly payroll as scheduled in a timely manner according to the HR process.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality among staff and parents.
  • With staff, schedule and implement special events for parents/families and staff to get together throughout the year. Help develop relationships between families in the programs.