There are currently an estimated 61,800 childcare program administrators in the United States. The childcare program administrator job market is expected to grow by 10.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are childcare program administrators?

CareerExplorer rates childcare program administrators with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 11,300 childcare program administrators. That number is based on 6,700 additional childcare program administrators, and the retirement of 4,600 existing childcare program administrators.

Are childcare program administrators in demand?

The growing number of children of preschool age in the U.S. will lead to a greater need for childcare and subsequent demand for administrators of childcare programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this field will result from the increase in state-sponsored early childhood education and continued focus on the importance of pre-kindergarten learning. Constraints on education budgets may at times temper hiring in government-funded programs. While aspiring administrators must hold a Bachelor’s Degree and may require a state license, those who also earn a nationally recognized certification may further enhance their employability. The Child Development Associate (CDA) and the Child Care Professional (CCP) designations from the Council for Professional Recognition and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, respectively, are among the most recognized of these certifications.

What’s the supply of childcare program administrators?

The childcare program administrator industry is concentrated in California, New York, Pennsylvania

Childcare Program Administrator job market by state

State Name Employed Childcare Program Administrators
California 7,350
New York 4,480
Pennsylvania 2,880
Texas 2,780
Illinois 2,220
Ohio 2,110
Georgia 1,880
Massachusetts 1,830
New Jersey 1,740
North Carolina 1,680
Washington 1,180
Florida 1,090
Arizona 1,050
Virginia 980
Maryland 980
Michigan 980
Wisconsin 960
Tennessee 820
Minnesota 780
Colorado 780
Oregon 740
Connecticut 730
Iowa 710
Indiana 680
Oklahoma 640
Missouri 630
Arkansas 530
South Carolina 520
Kansas 510
New Hampshire 470
Mississippi 370
Kentucky 340
Louisiana 290
Vermont 290
Puerto Rico 260
Utah 250
New Mexico 250
Delaware 230
West Virginia 200
North Dakota 200
Maine 180
Hawaii 180
Nebraska 180
Alabama 170
Nevada 160
Rhode Island 150
Idaho 140
Montana 130
Wyoming 100
Alaska 100
South Dakota 80