The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care / Edition 1

The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care / Edition 1

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The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131705333
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 08/09/2004
Series: Merrill Education/Gryphon House College Textbook Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.24(d)

About 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.

 Patricia Carter Dyke has been working in the field of early childhood education for more than thirty years. She began as a kindergarten teacher and has directed day schools and childcare facilities in New England, New York, and Texas. She also has lectured on issues in childcare management and curriculum. In addition to her work in childcare centers, Patricia has taught parenting classes. Her particular interests are age-appropriate curriculum and the importance of cooperation between schools and families.

Patricia Carter Dyke lives in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Qualities and Characteristics of an Effective Director7
Profile of a Child Care Director8
Characteristics of an Effective Director8
Determining Your Strengths and Opportunities for Growth9
Suggestions for Growth12
Recommending Reading15
Internet Resources16
Chapter 2Management Techniques19
Decision Making20
Steps in Decision Making20
Decision-Making Process in Child Care21
Solving Problems23
Time Management27
Organizational Help28
Record Keeping29
Telephone Techniques37
Stress in the Child Care Profession41
Recommending Reading42
Internet Resources43
Chapter 3Financial Management53
Steps in Budget Development56
Annual Budget Format57
Maintaining Income59
The Importance of Financial Records60
Recommended Reading61
Internet Resources62
Chapter 4Public Relations63
Working with Families63
Family-Teacher Conferences64
Family Education66
Family Involvement67
Working with the Community68
Development of Publications69
Recommended Reading72
Software Management Packages73
Internet Resources73
Chapter 5Personnel Policies and Procedures75
Policies on Staff Selection75
Interviewing and Selecting Staff76
Steps in Interviewing79
Orientation/Training Procedures80
Probationary Procedures82
In-service Training84
Staff Evaluation86
Substitute Staff86
Recommended Reading87
Chapter 6Building on the Research101
Medical Research Support for Child Care Practices101
Key Findings and Implications of the Research102
Recommended Reading107
Internet Resources108
A.Sample Newsletters109
B.Sample Letters to Families115
C.Employment Packets123
Teachers and Head Teachers123
Professional Standards123
Personal Recognition124
Employer Policies124
Responsibilities of the Professional Employee125
Position Description125
Conditions for Employment: Staff127
Summary of Benefits128
Grievance Procedures129
A Statement of Principles of Early Childhood Education129
For Teachers' Aides130
Position Description131
D.Job Descriptions of Support Staff132
E.Faculty Manual135


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