Research shows that behind teachers, center directors and school principals are the largest in-school factor of student success. Until now, most education policy has targeted teachers to improve education. New America, a nonpartisan public policy think tank, has collected data on state policies for school leadership requirements. Their Pre-K Leader Policy Scan report reveals the current landscape, who is leading, and where there is room for improvement.
Both pre-K center directors and elementary school principals oversee early education programs. Beyond running the everyday operations, they influence curriculum and are responsible for ensuring high-quality learning environments. Although their roles are similar, center directors and principals face different obstacles and states currently have little in place to help them. Where principals may not have a strong enough understanding of children's learning abilities, center directors often lack necessary training in instructional leadership. To read the full report and their recommendations, please go HERE.