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Celia A. Decker retired after 38 years of service in early childhood education. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of professor of early childhood education at Northwestern State University and served as the program coordinator of graduate studies in early childhood education. In addition to coauthoring this text, she is the author of Children: The Early Years and its supplements and coauthor of Parents and Their Children, both published by Goodheart-Willcox Company. She has presented papers at national, regional, and state annual meetings of many professional early childhood associations. She has served as a consultant for Head Start, Even Start, and local school systems.
During her years of teaching as a kindergarten teacher in an inner-city school system and as a college professor, she has received many honors. In 1994, she was selected as the Outstanding Professor at Northwestern State University.
John R. Decker retired after an elementary teaching and administrative career of 37 years. Before entering the field of education, he served as a district scout executive for Kaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, Kansas. His educational career included elementary teaching positions in inner-city schools, in an open education program, and in rural public schools. He also served as assistant professor of education and taught college courses in education and supervised pre-service teachers in a federally supported college-based program. He has frequently given speeches and workshops for professional organizations. He has been recognized for his 30-year membership in Phi Delta Kappa.
Chapter 1: Overview of Early Care and Education and Program Administration
Constructing the Early Childhood Program’s Framework
Chapter 2: Developing a Vision, Mission, and Program Evaluation
Chapter 3: Understanding Regulations, Accreditation Criteria, and Other Standards of Practice
Chapter 4: Establishing Policies and Procedures
Operationalizing the Early Childhood Program
Chapter 5: Leading and Managing Personnel
Chapter 6: Creating Quality Learning Environments
Chapter 7: Financing and Budgeting
Chapter 8: Marketing Your Child Care and Education Program
Implementing the Children’s Program
Chapter 9: Planning the Children's Program
Chapter 10: Providing Nutrition, Health, and Safety Services
Chapter 11: Assessment: An Essential Component of Effective Early Childhood Programming
Chapter 12: Working with Families and Communities
Chapter 13: Contributing to the Profession