ECD 218 - Child Care Management and Administration
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Identify managerial functions necessary to administer a child care program.
- Obtain regulations and licensing requirements governing early childhood programs and facilities.
- Develop health, safety and nutrition guidelines and policies for use in an early childhood center.
- Create an enrollment procedure.
- Prepare a resource file of forms and policies for program administration.
- Identify community agencies as resources and referrals.
- 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.
- Apply standards and ethical practices of the profession.
- Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based educational portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
- The need for planning and administration
- Assessing the diverse needs of families, children and community
- Determining the program base, philosophy and goals
- Organizational structure – regulations, policies, procedures, governance
- Managerial process, styles of management, developing interpersonal relationships
- Staffing: needs, recruiting, hiring, scheduling, maintenance, evaluating
- Supervision and leadership, coaching and promoting personal and professional staff development
- Publicizing the center
- Selecting, grouping and enrolling the children
- Planning space, purchasing equipment
- Finances, budgeting and record keeping
- Planning, scheduling and evaluating developmentally appropriate children’s programming
- Providing nutrition, health, safety and community resources/referral services
- Assessing, recording and reporting children’s progress
- Working with parents, volunteers and community
- Advocacy and professionalism
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:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
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