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Administration of Early Childhood Programs

Course Number: ECE 238
Transcript Title: Adm of Early Chldhd Programs
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Studies various tasks and responsibilities of program administration. Topics include licensing, program planning, organization, financial management, parent and community relationships, and personnel management. Prior ECE course work and experience working with children in groups is highly recommended. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Grading policy will be distributed with the course handout during first week of class. Students grades will be based on their performance on:

  1. Active participation in class activities
  2. Evidence of completion of assigned reading
  3. In class projects and assignments
  4. Development of individual plans for topics covered in addendum
  5. Final project 

REQUIRED STUDENT COMPETENCIES:

Instructional Goal: Develop an understanding of different types of early childhood programs and determine an appropriate program for a specific geographical area.
Objectives:
1.1 Define the following types of programs: family childcare, center-based care, part day programs, full day programs, school age childcare, parent education programs, and respite care programs.
1.2 Discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and special considerations for each of the above programs.
1.3 Demonstrate a needs assessment process.
1.4 Describe the philosophy and goals of your program.
1.5 Describe the role of the advisory board and its members.

Instructional Goal: Understand the licensing and accreditation processes.
Objectives:
2.1 Define the agencies involved in the licensing and accreditation processes
2.2 Describe how to apply for licensing.
2.3 Demonstrate familiarity with the rules and regulations governing early childhood programs.
2.4 Demonstrate familiarity with the accreditation process through the National Association of Early Childhood Programs.

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in management of the facility.
Objectives:
3.1 Discuss the elements of an appropriate physical environment.
3.2 Demonstrate an understanding of management of health issues in-group care.
3.3 Demonstrate an understanding of center, classroom, and outdoor safety.
3.4 Demonstrate the ability to choose, evaluate, and maintain age-appropriate equipment and supplies.
3.5 Identify storage needs and discuss options for storage of equipment and supplies.

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in financial management.
Objectives:
4.1 Develop a realistic 1 year budget.
4.2 Outline policies for fees, payments, financial aid.
4.3 Analyze startup costs.
4.4 Identify insurance needs and costs.
4.5 Identify applicable taxes and payment requirements.
4.6 Identify fund raising options.

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in food service management.
Objectives:
5.1 Demonstrate skill in menu planning.
5.2 Demonstrate skill in food purchasing on a budget.
5.3 Demonstrate knowledge of safe food storage, preparation, and service.
5.4 Obtain an Oregon Food Handler's Card.
5.5 Describe the USDA Child Care Food Program as it relates to group childcare.
5.6 Develop a resource file of developmentally appropriate food preparation experiences for children.

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in personnel management.
Objectives:
6.1 List resources for obtaining qualified staff
6.2 Develop an orientation plan and packet
6.3 Demonstrate understanding of teacher growth and development
6.4 Formulate a 1 year staff development plan
6.5 Develop an outline of center policy on benefits, vacation, leave, etc.
6.6 Develop a plan for staff evaluation

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in managing the children's program.
Objectives:
7.1 Demonstrate ability to plan developmentally appropriate curriculum
7.2 Discuss positive guidance and general classroom management skills.
7.3 Develop a discipline policy.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of observation in planning and implementing the total program.

Instructional Goal: Gain knowledge in parent involvement/education.
Objectives:
8.1 Discuss the importance of parent involvement in early childhood programs.
8.2 List ways of involving parents in the early childhood program.
8.3 Discuss ways of determining needs and desires of parents for parent education programs.
8.4 Develop a 1 year plan for parent and family education/support/fellowship.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grading policy will be distributed with the course handout during first week of class. Students grades will be based on their performance on:

  1. Active participation in class activities
  2. Evidence of completion of assigned reading
  3. In-class projects and assignments
  4. Development of individual plans for topics covered in addendum
  5. Final project

Course Activities and Design

This course utilizes a lecture/discussion format and will include assigned reading, audiovisual presentations, and guest speakers as available and group projects. Students will be required to complete individual and group projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Department Notes

Topics include: program philosophy, discipline, health policies, budgets, job descriptions, staffing plans, menu cycles, enrollment packets, staff development plans, parent involvement/education plans, community resource files. This is an ECE elective course.