Child Care Director

Develop and manage the overall strategy for delivering programs and services related to Early Learning programs.
Job Description

Ensure staff excellence in the delivery of high quality and safety for all programs. Manage all aspects of the child care programs that meet state licensing and Quality Rating System standards. Create a team of highly qualified leaders that place the care of children and family education as a high priority. Serve as an overall leader for the YMCA and enhance the YMCA Mission. 


  • Present documentation of achieved degree from an accredited college or university in education or human services related field as defined by state licensing requirements. 
  • Supervisory experience 
  • Verify a minimum of 2 years (2500 hours) of childcare experience.
Essential Functions

  • Read and be accountable for YMCA Policies, State Licensing Body (PA- DHS / NJ-NJ OOL) regulations, and Quality Rating System standards (Example: NAEYC, Keystone STARS, Grow NJ Kids, ACA). 
  • Supervise by being able to identify, SEE, HEAR, DIRECT and ASSIST to ensure the safety of each child in your direct care group at all times. Adhere to the small group ratio established by licensing regulations. Accurately maintain attendance of the children in your care. 
  • Communicate effectively and timely with parents/guardians regarding children's program experience, progress (written as well as verbal). Maintain confidentiality, use sensitivity, and patience at all times. 
  • Provide quality Adult/Child interactions through engagement, positive and encouraging feedback, and asking open-ended questions. Maintain age-appropriate verbal interaction guidelines at all times, exercising patience. 
  • Attend and renew as needed all necessary trainings as reflected in your training plan in coherence with YMCA Policies, State Licensing Body regulations, and Quality Rating System standards, including but not limited to 6 hours of childcare related trainings annually. 
  • Conduct/record weekly child observations as well as any related to child behavior concerns or development that may require early intervention with parent/guardian(s). 
  • Maintain operation of the program consistent with YMCA policies, state licensing regulations and Quality Rating System standards and initiatives in preparing for annual audits (state licensing inspections and quality assessments).  
  • Supervise and implement the overall program quality in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the Y, ensuring the well-being and safety of the children and staff at all times.  
  • Supervise all staff assigned to the site. Manage employee schedules, accurate recording and reporting of time worked (timesheets), arrange coverage to meet required ratios. Provide a minimum of 2 annual written staff observations and evaluations in accordance with YMCA policies, state licensing regulations, and Quality Rating System standards. 
  • Lead, supervise, and hold all team members accountable for the overall compliance and maintenance of procedures supporting quality program implementation, child safety, and member experience.  
  • Ensure preparation and distribution of quality, brand compliant, up to date, written communication with the parent/guardian(s) (example: Family Board, monthly newsletters, program updates, and announcements). 
  • In collaboration with District Leaders, develop, manage and implement the department budget in and strategize revenue growth opportunities and expense management. 
  • Monitor department payroll regarding employee schedules, accurate recording of time worked (timesheets), training compensation, aligned with budget parameters.  
  • Ensure the quality implementation of well-coordinated programming with enriching experiences for all programs.