Management of Child Development Centers

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-17
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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.

Author Biography

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


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       

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

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


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

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

CHAPTER 6          Fiscal Management
Types of Resources
                                Funding Sources
                                 Setting Fees
                                How Funds Are Spent
                                Grant Proposals
                                Budget Planning
                                Constructing a Budget
                                 Starting a New Business
                                Record Keeping
                                Cash-Flow Analysis
                                 Internal Controls

CHAPTER 7             Personnel Management
                                 Job Design
                                 Job Coordination
                                Organizing Classrooms or Groups
                               Organizational Structure
                                Recruiting and Hiring

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

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

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

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

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
                                Families' Role in the Educational Program
                             Planning Experiences for Children

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
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

CHAPTER 15          Assessment and Evaluation
Types of Assessment
                                         Quality and Accountability
                                           THe Manager's Role
                                           Steps in the Managing and Controlling Process
                                          Who Evaluates?
                                          Monitoring Other Units
                                          Evaluation of Management
                                          When Evaluations Yield Negative Results

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

Appendix A          NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
Appendix B             Supplement for Administrators






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