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Career and Education Opportunities for Early Childhood Development Managers in Portland, Maine

Early childhood development managers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Portland, Maine area. The national trend for early childhood development managers sees this job pool growing by about 11.8% over the next eight years. Early childhood development managers generally plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and nonacademic activities of preschool and child care centers or programs.

The income of an early childhood development manager is about $18 hourly or $37,990 yearly on average in Maine. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $19 hourly or $39,940 yearly on average. Early childhood development managers earn less than people working in the category of Education and Training generally in Maine and less than people in the Education and Training category nationally. Early childhood development managers work in a variety of jobs, including: administrator, special education director, and preschool director.

There are twenty-three schools of higher education in the Portland area, including two within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as an early childhood development manager. The most common level of education for early childhood development managers is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years training to become an early childhood development manager if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Early Childhood Development Manager

In general, early childhood development managers plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and nonacademic activities of preschool and child care centers or programs.

Early childhood development managers talk with parents and staff to consider educational efforts and policies, and students' behavioral or learning problems. They also set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies and programs to carry them out. Equally important, early childhood development managers have to ready and maintain attendance, activity or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance efforts. They are often called upon to recruit and evaluate primary and supplemental staff, and recommend personnel actions for programs and services. They are expected to formulate and monitor instructional methods and content of educational or student activity programs. Finally, early childhood development managers inspect and evaluate new and current programs to establish their efficiency and adherence to state and federal regulations, and recommend any needed modifications.

Every day, early childhood development managers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for early childhood development managers to inform businesses and governmental agencies about educational needs and program policies. They are often called upon to ready and submit budget requests or grant proposals to solicit program funding. They also collect and analyze survey data and demographic and employment trends, to forecast enrollment patterns and the need for curriculum changes. They are sometimes expected to organize and direct committees of specialists and staff to furnish technical and advisory assistance for programs. Somewhat less frequently, early childhood development managers are also expected to write articles and other publications, and help in the distribution of promotional literature about programs and facilities.

Early childhood development managers sometimes are asked to direct and schedule efforts of teachers or administrators at daycare centers or institutions. And finally, they sometimes have to collect and analyze survey data and demographic and employment trends, to forecast enrollment patterns and the need for curriculum changes.

Like many other jobs, early childhood development managers must be reliable and believe in an agile approach to problem solving and deal with change.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Academic Director. Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, and junior and community colleges.
  • Educational Program Director. Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, clerical, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.
  • Healthcare Manager. Plan, direct, or coordinate medicine and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.
  • Social Service Coordinator. Plan, organize, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Early Childhood Development Manager Training

University of New England - Biddeford, ME

University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford, ME 04005. University of New England is a small university located in Biddeford, Maine. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,939 students and an admission rate of 78%. University of New England has a post-master's certificate program in Educational Administration and Supervision, Other Specialties which graduated ten students in 2008.

University of Southern Maine - Portland, ME

University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME 04103. University of Southern Maine is a large university located in Portland, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 9,930 students and an admission rate of 82%. University of Southern Maine has a master's degree and a post-master's certificate program in Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship which graduated twenty-nine and nine students respectively in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.