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ECD 218 - Child Care Management and Administration

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is for students who are interested in the day-to-day operation of managing a facility for young children. Students examine how to develop, organize, staff, maintain, fund and evaluate quality child care programs and classrooms. Topics include styles of management, supervision, diversity, developing interpersonal relationships with staff, planning and leading staff meetings, promoting positive staff relationships and professional development. A weekly field observation in early childhood programs, schools, agencies or therapeutic setting is required.

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify managerial functions necessary to administer a child care program.
  2. Obtain regulations and licensing requirements governing early childhood programs and facilities.
  3. Develop health, safety and nutrition guidelines and policies for use in an early childhood center.
  4. Create an enrollment procedure.
  5. Prepare a resource file of forms and policies for program administration.
  6. Identify community agencies as resources and referrals.
  7. Develop a proposal for operating a child care center including the following: philosophy, organizational chart, group size, configuration and schedule, budget, funding/income sources, purchasing plan, recruiting, advertising, hiring, staffing and payroll procedures, curriculum materials, equipment and resources.
  8. Apply standards and ethical practices of the profession.
  9. Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based educational portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. The need for planning and administration
  2. Assessing the diverse needs of families, children and community
  3. Determining the program base, philosophy and goals
  4. Organizational structure – regulations, policies, procedures, governance
  5. Managerial process, styles of management, developing interpersonal relationships
  6. Staffing: needs, recruiting, hiring, scheduling, maintenance, evaluating
  7. Supervision and leadership, coaching and promoting personal and professional staff development
  8. Publicizing the center
  9. Selecting, grouping and enrolling the children
  10. Planning space, purchasing equipment
  11. Finances, budgeting and record keeping
  12. Planning, scheduling and evaluating developmentally appropriate children’s programming
  13. Providing nutrition, health, safety and community resources/referral services
  14. Assessing, recording and reporting children’s progress
  15. Working with parents, volunteers and community
  16. Advocacy and professionalism
Reference Materials
Standard textbooks and multimedia materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020

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