An Administrator's Guidebook To Early Care And Education Programs / Edition 1

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This workbook helps early childhood administrators apply administrative theory to practice and guides them through the program development process. Early Childhood education and administration For courses on early childhood administration or administering child care programs in departments of early childhood education or family studies at both 2-year and 4-year institutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205420582
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/7/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “References and Resources.”

Orientation to the Guidebook.

Objectives for the Guidebook.

References and Resources.

1. Recognizing our Roots.

Brief History of Early Care and Education.

Curriculum Approaches.

Worksheet 1.1: Curriculum Approaches.

2. Economic Factors of Early Care and Education Support.

Philanthropic Support.

Public Sector Funding.


Program Structures.

Worksheet 2.1: Structure of your Program.


3. The Administrative Process.

Administration Defined.

The Job of the Program Director.

Leadership Skills.

Ethical Decision Making.

The Organization of the Program.

Systems for Effective Functioning.

Total Quality Management.

The Decision Process.

Worksheet 3.1: Administrative Duties.

Worksheet 3.2: Leadership Styles.

Worksheet 3.3: Decision Making.

4. Standards and Policies.

Legal Requirements and Professional Standards.

Developing Purposes, Goals, and Mission Statement.

Policy Options.

Policy Writing.

Operating Policies.

Worksheet 4.1: Compare Regulations Across States.

Worksheet 4.2: Setting Standards for Your Program.

Worksheet 4.3: Purposes, Goals, and Mission Statement.

Worksheet 4.4: By-Laws or Long-term Policies.

5. Personnel Systems.

Writing Personnel Policies.

Selecting Staff.

The Interview Process.

Worksheet 5.1: Personnel Policies.


6. Staff Orientation and Professional Development.

Staff Orientation.

Working with Staff.

Problem Solving.


Staff Meetings.

Presenting Ideas.

Facilitating Discussions.

Professional Development.

Parents and Other Volunteers.

Worksheet 6.1: Staff Orientation Issues.

7. Financial Systems.

Keeping Records.

Center Management Systems.

Financial Systems.

Designing the System.

Funding Sources.


Worksheet 7.1: Keeping Records.

Worksheet 7.2: Proposal or Grant writing.

8. Budget Considerations.

Estimating Expenditures.

Breakeven Analysis.

Summary of the budget process.

Interpreting Your Center to the Public.

Worksheet 8.1: Center Budget.

Worksheet 8.2: The Brochure.

Alternate Worksheet 8.2: The Website.

9. The Physical Environment.

Facility Considerations.

Curriculum Considerations.

NAEYC Accreditation Guidelines.


Playground Checklist.


Some Suggestions from Experienced Directors.

Worksheet 9.1: The Learning Environment.

10. Health, Safety, and Nutrition.

Health Records/Immunizations.

Recommended Practices.

Sick/Exclusion Policy.

Emergency Procedures and Policies.

First Aid and CPR.

Security Systems.


Sanitation and Safety.

Menu Planning and Nutrition.

Other Considerations with Menu Planning.

Worksheet 10.1: Emergency Procedures.

Worksheet 10.2: Weekly Menu Chart.

11. Working with Families.

Family Handbook.

Family Diversity.

Families with Special Needs.

Diverse Family Structures.

Communication Skills.

Written Communication Skills.

Parent Newsletter.

Parent Bulletin Boards.

Family-Program Conference Guidelines.

Questions to Ask After a Conference.

Worksheet 11.1: Family Handbook.

Worksheet 11.2: Family Orientation.


12. Evaluating the Program.

Ongoing Evaluation.

Behavioral Objectives.

Child Evaluations.

Staff Evaluations.

Environment or Program Evaluation.

Alternative Evaluations.

Worksheet 12.1: Center Evaluation.

Worksheet 12.2: Self Evaluation.

Appendix A. Timeline of Early Care and Education in the USA.

Appendix B. Food Guide Pyramid.

Appendix C. Child Care Meal Patterns.

Appendix D. Developmental Skills Checklist for Ages 1-72 months.

Appendix E. Resources in Early Care and Education.

APPENDIX F. Acronyms in Early Care and Education.

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