Child Care Service Owners



Child care service owners provide care for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. While the parents and guardians are at work, child care providers watch the children and help them develop skills through games and activities. The child care service may be located in the owner's home, or it may be a separate center composed of classrooms, play areas, and areas for infant care. The service owner hires, trains, and schedules child care workers, or teachers, to assist with large numbers of children. The owner must also manage t...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Prior experience caring for children highly recommended



Business Management


Personality Traits



It is difficult to determine exact salaries for child care service owners since revenue for child care centers varies according to the number of children cared for, whether the center is owned or rented, number of staff, and other factors. A center in a city with a higher cost of living and more staffing and licensing requirements will charge more than a center in a smaller town. No matter wher...

Work Environment

Center owners spend a lot of time on their feet, helping staff, directing children, and checking on classrooms. Most child care centers have play areas both inside and outside. In the spring and summer months, owners—especially those with a small staff or none at all—may spend some time outside with the kids, leading them in playground exercises and games. The colder winter months will keep the...


Employment for preschool and childcare center directors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More women than ever are part of the workforce; of those who have children, many take only an abbreviated maternity leave. The number of children under 18 is expected to increase from approximately 73.4 million in 2018 t...