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KEY BENEFITaddresses the importance of high-quality programs for young children and the support they provide to families. Managers of programs for young children must understand the value of family, as well as the relationships between family, program and community. KEY TOPICSPart 1 of the text provides an overview of the demographic and theoretical context within which child development programs operate. Part 2 focuses on the 13 core competencies: personal and professional self awareness; organizational, fiscal, and personnel management; human relations; facilities management; health and safety; food service; educational programming; family support; marketing and public relations; assessment and evaluation; leadership and advocacy. MARKETProviders of Early Childhood Education Administration courses.
Patricia Hearron teaches child development and early education at Appalachian State University where she has coordinated the Birth-Kindergarten teacher preparation program since 1994. Before coming to Appalachian, she worked with children and families in a variety of roles: as Child Life Specialist in a children’s health clinic; a teacher and director of full- and part-day programs; a state child care licensing agent; and as a consultant, conducting professional development workshops for teachers and caregivers in Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. In addition to Management of Child Development Programs, she is co-author (with Verna Hildebrand) of Guiding Young Children. She has published and presented on a wide variety of early childhood topics, including the importance of outdoor play, inclusion of children with disabilities in infant-toddler programs, the project approach, and aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education and care.
Verna Hildebrand taught child development and early education in the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the field and has published several widely used textbooks, including an Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Parenting: Rewards and Responsibilities; and Knowing and Serving Diverse Families. In addition to Management of Child Development Programs, she is co-author (with Patricia Hearron) of Guiding Young Children.
Table of Contents
PART I INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 Managing Children's Centers in the 21st Century Defining Terms Stages of Professional Development Child Development Centers: A Support System for Families Population Trends: Getting the Big Picture in Focus Demand for Child Care Child Care and Poverty No Child Left Behind Core Competencies for Directors Conclusion
CHAPTER 2 Types of Child Development Programs Five Types of Child Development Programs Three Ways of Financing Child Development Programs Government Support for Child Care Collaboration: A Systems Approach Conclusion
CHAPTER 3 Applying Theories in Managing a Child Development Center Theories from Multiple Areas of Knowledge Developmental Theory Types of Theories of Human Development Postmodern Critiques of Child Development Theory Management Theory Applying Management Theories Total Quality Management Ecological System Framework Equilibrium and Energy in the Ecosystem Applying the Ecosystems Model Management Processes Conclusion
PART II CORE COMPETENCIES
CHAPTER 4 Reflective Management: Personal and Professional Self-Awareness Reflective Practice Knowing Yourself What Will Be Your Management Style? Psychological Type Leadership Styles Emotional Intelligence Stages of Personal and Professional Development Decision Making Time Management Conclusion
CHAPTER 5 Organizational Management Working with the Systems Rights of Children and Families Business Concerns The Manager's Job: A Juggling Act The Planning Process The Policy Board The Advisory Board The Value of Planning Steps in the Planning Process Planning a Response to Change Policies, Procedures, and Rules Conclusion
CHAPTER 6 Fiscal Management Types of Resources Funding Sources Setting Fees How Funds Are Spent Fund-Raising Grant Proposals Budget Planning Constructing a Budget Starting a New Business Record Keeping Cash-Flow Analysis Internal Controls Conclusion
CHAPTER 7 Personnel Management Organizing Job Design Job Coordination Organizing Classrooms or Groups Organizational Structure Staffing Recruiting and Hiring Conclusion
CHAPTER 8 Human Relations The Importance of Human Relations The Manager's Role Employee Motivation Staff Meetings Group Dynamics The Staff's Professional Development Supporting Professional Development at All Stages The Manager's Relationships with Individual Staff Members Volunteers Conclusion
CHAPTER 9 Facilities Management Managing Indoor and Outdoor Learning Spaces: An Ecosystems Perspective Regulations and Professional Standards Children's Basic Environmental Needs Organizing Space The Outdoor Learning Environment Maintaining the Facility Space for Staff Furnishing Space Room Arrangement Conclusion
CHAPTER 10 Managing Health and Safety Issues Planning for a Healthy Environment Licensing Regulations and Professional Standards Risk Management Employees' Health Meeting Ongoing Health Needs Meeting Children's Physiological Needs Parental Responsibility for Children's Health When Children Become Ill Children with Disabilities and Chronic Medical Problems Health Education for Children and Their Families Meeting Children's Mental Health Needs Monitoring Health and Safety Conditions Conclusion
CHAPTER 11 Managing Food Service Planning Meal Service Meeting Regulations and Professional Standards Federal Subsidies for Food Programs Organizing Food Service Facilities Food Service Personnel Preventing Foodborne Illness Considerations When Feeding Babies Menu Planning Seating and Serving Children Food and Curriculum Collaborating with Families About Food Matters Monitoring and Controlling Food Programs Conclusion
CHAPTER 12 Educational Programming Preliminary Organization Regulations and Professional Standards Selecting a Curriculum Model or Approach Developmental Principles Basic Guides to Program Development Manager's Responsibility for the Educational Program Scheduling Families' Role in the Educational Program Planning Experiences for Children Conclusion
CHAPTER 13 Family Support Relationships with Families Regulations and Professional Standards Understanding Family Systems Cultural Responsiveness Family-Friendly Practice Building Partnerships with Families When Conflicts Arise Families as Human Resources for the Center Community Resources to Support Families Conclusion CHAPTER 14 Marketing and Public Relations Marketing: Attracting and Retaining Customers Increasing Customer Satisfaction Public Relations: Impacting Perceptions and Opinions The World Beyond Child Care "Double Duty" in Public Relations Countering Negative Publicity Conclusion
CHAPTER 15 Assessment and Evaluation Types of Assessment Quality and Accountability Standards Accreditation THe Manager's Role Steps in the Managing and Controlling Process Who Evaluates? Monitoring Other Units Evaluation of Management When Evaluations Yield Negative Results Conclusion
CHAPTER 16 Leadership and Advocacy What Is a Leader? Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Managing and Leading Differ Types of Leadership Honing Your Skills as an Advocate Leadership and Accreditation Other Possibilities Conclusion
Appendix A NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment Appendix B Supplement for Administrators