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The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care is a uniquely comprehensive manual for administrators who manage child care facilities. This clear and easy-to-read handbook provides specific guidelines for virtually every aspect of early childhood administration. The time management tools, procedures for program development, schedules, applications, and evaluation forms are invaluable resources for every child care director.

The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care will improve the quality of programs for young children, as well as enhance the job satisfaction and working conditions of child care providers. Use this resource to determine your areas of strength and areas in which you have room to grow.

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Children's Literature
This tidily packaged book—with its school-sized chapters full of suggestions, charts, to-do activities and a host of resources—can, if implemented properly, improve the quality of care given by any Child Care Manager (CCM), whether veteran or simply a budding one. While two-thirds of the book's 190 pages school the educator in issues with the profession itself, the other one-third consists primarily of repetitious lists such as professional CCM organizations, Internet resources, books, magazines and journals. The tone of the book, serious and factual, mirrors the format of unidentified people in the black-and-white photographs that are scattered throughout the entirely colorless contents—seemingly unequal in value to its hefty purchase price. However, to the CCM who invests her time, energy, and patience and sees the "these should happen" happening, the book can be worth its weight in salt. Also, the title's modifier, "Quality," before "Child Care" is justified in being there. 2001, Gryphon House, $24.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer:Patricia Timbrook
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Meet the Author

Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books.
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Table of Contents

Preface 4
Chapter 1 Qualities and Characteristics of an Effective Director 7
Profile of a Child Care Director 8
Characteristics of an Effective Director 8
Determining Your Strengths and Opportunities for Growth 9
Suggestions for Growth 12
Recommending Reading 15
Internet Resources 16
Chapter 2 Management Techniques 19
Decision Making 20
Steps in Decision Making 20
Decision-Making Process in Child Care 21
Solving Problems 23
Time Management 27
Organizational Help 28
Record Keeping 29
Interruptions 35
Delegation 36
Telephone Techniques 37
Meetings 39
Stress in the Child Care Profession 41
Recommending Reading 42
Internet Resources 43
Chapter 3 Financial Management 53
Steps in Budget Development 56
Annual Budget Format 57
Maintaining Income 59
The Importance of Financial Records 60
Recommended Reading 61
Internet Resources 62
Chapter 4 Public Relations 63
Working with Families 63
Family-Teacher Conferences 64
Family Education 66
Family Involvement 67
Working with the Community 68
Development of Publications 69
Brochures 69
Newsletters 71
Recommended Reading 72
Resources 73
Software Management Packages 73
Internet Resources 73
Chapter 5 Personnel Policies and Procedures 75
Policies on Staff Selection 75
Interviewing and Selecting Staff 76
Steps in Interviewing 79
Orientation/Training Procedures 80
Probationary Procedures 82
In-service Training 84
Staff Evaluation 86
Substitute Staff 86
Recommended Reading 87
Chapter 6 Building on the Research 101
Medical Research Support for Child Care Practices 101
Key Findings and Implications of the Research 102
Recommended Reading 107
Internet Resources 108
A. Sample Newsletters 109
B. Sample Letters to Families 115
C. Employment Packets 123
Teachers and Head Teachers 123
Professional Standards 123
Personal Recognition 124
Employer Policies 124
Responsibilities of the Professional Employee 125
Position Description 125
Conditions for Employment: Staff 127
Summary of Benefits 128
Termination 128
Grievance Procedures 129
A Statement of Principles of Early Childhood Education 129
For Teachers' Aides 130
Position Description 131
D. Job Descriptions of Support Staff 132
E. Faculty Manual 135
F. Resources 174
Index 185
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