ADMINISTRATION of EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Early childhood administrators* are responsible for the overall operation of their programs and services. The roles and responsibilities of early childhood administrators are diverse, ranging from complete responsibility for program operations to shared responsibilities of specific operations or programs. Administrative roles may include managing the school/program, providing instructional and program leadership, and human resources. Among many other things, administrators are responsible for budgets, the safety of children, compliance to federal and state regulations, staffing, parent and family engagement, and collaborating with and involving community partners.
Unlike other school administrators, there is no formal training required of early childhood administrators in Minnesota. However, as this website or any seasoned early childhood administrator can testify, there is a lot to learn! Thankfully, we have a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge among the many administrators in Minnesota.

The purpose of this site is to provide information and convenience for early childhood administrators. Whenever possible, this site will link to original sources of information. For example, there are numerous links that will take site users to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website. If information or resources are not available on another website, they may be posted to this website (e.g., if a user uploads an example of a document as a resource to other users). Always rely on original sources of information and your program's/organization's technical assistance support staff.

*Administrators may hold titles like coordinators, directors, or managers. Early childhood administrators work in a variety of settings and programs.

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