Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-05
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Continuing its tradition of excellence, the Tenth Edition of Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programsprovides the tools you need, as a prospective or in-service administrator, to effectively manage your program. Based on a solid foundation of research, this text provides a wealth of strategies, tools, templates, and resources which make it an indispensible guide.

Author Biography

Nancy K. Freeman is an associate professor of early childhood education and director of the Child Development and Research Center at the University of South Carolina. A former child care director and preschool teacher, she currently works closely with the campus child care center. Nancy has authored scholarly publications and made conference presentations on topics such as professional ethics, service learning, and the preparation of the child care workforce. She is chair of South Carolina’s Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Child Day Care Facilities, has served as President of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), and is co-author of a regular column on professional ethics published by NAEYC.


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.


Table of Contents

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


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