Administration of ECE Programs

Course Number: ECE 238
Transcript Title: Admin of ECE Programs
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: March 24, 2021
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
Repeats available for credit: 0


ECE 126 or HEC 226

Prerequisite / Concurrent

RD 115, WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores


Experience working with children in groups

Course Description

Studies various tasks and responsibilities of program administration. Includes licensing, program planning, organization, financial management, parent and community relationships, and personnel management. Prerequisites: ECE 126 or HEC 226. Prerequisite/Concurrent: RD 115, WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended: experience working with children in groups. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand different types of early childhood programs
  2. Determine appropriate programs for a specific geographical area.
  3. Understand the licensing and accreditation processes.
  4. Manage the administrative responsibilities of an ECE program, including: facilities, finances, food services, and personnel
  5. Monitor and direct children’s programming, including: curriculum development and planning, classroom management, and discipline policies.
  6. Involve and engage parents in their child’s education.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: interviews, written observations, journal reflections, quizzes, self-assessment, professional plan, professional philosophy, group projects, and assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Types of programs: family childcare, center-based care, part day programs, full day programs, school age childcare, parent education programs, and respite care programs
  • Advantages, disadvantages, and special considerations for each of the above programs
  • Needs assessment process
  • Philosophy and goals of your program
  • Advisory board and its members
  • Agencies involved in the licensing and accreditation processes
  • Rules and regulations governing early childhood programs
  • Facility management including: physical environment, health issues, safety, storage needs, equipment and supplies
  • Financial management including; budget, policies, costs, insurance, taxes, raising fund
  • Food service management including, menu planning, food purchasing, food handling, developmentally appropriate food preparation
  • Obtain Oregon Food Handlers card
  • USDA Child Care Food Program as it relates to group childcare.
  • Personnel management including hiring, orientation, trainings, staff development plan, benefits, vacation, staff evaluation
  • Curriculum including, developmentally appropriate, classroom management, discipline policies, observation
  • Parent involvement in early childhood programs