The Children's Pre-School Center

Executive Director

Children’s Pre-School Center Published: August 11, 2022
Palo Alto, California
Job Type



August 2022

Children’s Pre-School Center (CPSC) is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization that has served the greater Palo Alto community for almost 40 years. It is licensed to care for up to 130 children aged 0 - 6, with approximately 40 - 45 full time staff. CPSC is a vibrant, play-based center providing high quality care to young children, inspiring them to explore, discover, wonder, play and learn.  We follow respectful caregiving in our infant program adopting the RIE philosophy and a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in our preschool classrooms. Our core focus is on building relationships and encouraging young children to challenge themselves, make good choices, and become citizens of the world. We welcome all who welcome each other. Relationships, shared inquiry, collaboration, and play form the core of our work with children and families. 

The Executive Director is accountable to the Children’s Pre-School Board of Directors for the overall executive/administrative leadership of CPSC and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CPSC.  The position requires the ability to effectively manage, develop, direct and lead the CPSC staff and programs for young children. The Executive Director must have strong supervisory leadership and communication skills coupled with a warm and nurturing disposition.


Basic Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, organize, direct, manage and supervise programs for young children while facilitating positive relationships between staff, parents, and children

Work collaboratively with teaching teams, staff, and Board leadership to foster and maintain a strong community for children, parents, and staff

Maintain the needs of the children as the top priority in decision-making

Lead the school in collaboration with CPSC’s Board of Directors



Oversee day to day operations of the school

Ensure compliance with all state licensing regulations and reporting requirements; plan, implement, and oversee health & safety plans including emergency procedures, pandemic responses, facilities and equipment safety

Oversee enrollment and budget 


Program Development

Develop, support, expand, and enrich a play-based curriculum, upholding NAEYC standards and outcomes, in collaboration with curriculum specialists 

Encourage and insure intentional classroom set-up and brainstorm ideas for helping children thrive in their learning journeys


Staff Supervision and Leadership

Maintain a qualified teaching and administrative staff through recruiting, interviewing, and hiring; establish and support strong teaching teams through mentorship and coaching; conduct regular staff meeting and professional development programs

Uphold NAEYC accreditation standards including maintaining and documenting developmental assessments

Plan, organize, coordinate trainings for all staff to include: Teacher Permits, continuing professional growth requirements, Mandated Reporter trainings, Harassment, EMSA First Aid and CPR

Lead with empathy and effectively resolve any in-classroom dynamics amongst the teaching staff in a timely manner

Be open to receiving and giving constructive feedback in the real time; encourage a culture of acknowledging positive contributions and continuous learning and growth



Develop and maintain a strong rapport with the broader community, promoting and maintaining the center’s positive community image based on trust and transparency

Participate in the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education (PAAC-ECE), for which CPSC is one of the founding members


Children & Families

Foster strong school community and opportunities for families to build relationships beyond the classrooms; provide resources and develop strategies to support children’s social and emotional development

Write & distribute weekly communication to families (e.g., newsletter); ad hoc communications with families regarding center operations, health updates, etc.


Board Relations

Attend all Board meetings and ensure the Board is fully informed on the operations of the center and any issues that may arise

Work with the Board to develop strategic plans and budget, oversee implementation of plans


Qualifications & Skills

Bachelor’s Degree (required) and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (preferred)

Experience running a large childcare center 

Experience in business administration (non- profit environment preferred)

Well-rounded education in Early Childhood including 3 semester units in infant/toddler development and supervision; active in the Early Childhood Education field

Director Permit, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Clearance from Department of Justice and State Licensing to direct a large childcare facility

Proficient with basic computer tasks (e.g., MS Office, Google Suite, email, etc.)

Work Environment

Combination of office work (including computer-based tasks, telephone calls, etc.) and more active work. The position will occasionally require the ability to lift children, office products, or supplies of up to 30 lbs.


Salary and Benefits

A highly competitive compensation and benefits package will be made available to the qualified candidate.


Application Procedures and Deadlines

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, and resume as PDF or Word documents to the Executive Director Search Committee at Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2022. Inquiries may be made, in confidence, to the Executive Director Search Committee at

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CPSC believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. To the extent required by applicable law, CPSC will not unlawfully discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, family care status, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or upon any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on employment related factors which include, but are not limited to, qualifications and job requirements.