Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-26
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs,Ninth Edition, is build on the conviction that thoughtful planning and administration are essential to the success of early childhood programs. The authors'main priority is to present the rationale for thoughtful planning and administration. The more administrators know about factors influencing quality programs, the better equipped they will be to plan and administer their own high quality programs. #xA0; With that in mind, this text addresses all aspects of program administration, taking readers from the earliest stages of planning the facility and identifying the program's goals, through program implementation and evaluation. It is a practical and readable resource intended for students of program administaration as well as practicing program administrators. Both groups will find the book to be a resource that will ensure their success in thier chosen field. Each chapter includes practical Application Activities and refers readers to authoratative websites that enhance and elaborate on topical discussions. Two new co-authors bring additional insights and experience in developing and directing child development centers. #xA0; Covering a range of topics from developing a mission statement, to financing and budgeting,#xA0; to furnishing and design, this is a truly comprehensive volume on planning and maintaining a successful early childhood care center.

Author Biography




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, as well as coauthor of Parents and Their Children , both published by Goodheart-Wilcox.  She has presented papers at national, regional, and state annual meetings of professional associations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Association for Childhood Education International.  She has served as a consultant for Head Start, Even Start, and local school systems.  During her years of teaching kindergarten in an inner-city school system and as a college professor, she received many honors.  Dr. Decker has been named to Who's Who in Child Development Professionals, Who's Who in Personalities of the South, Who's Who in American Women, and the World's Who's Who in Education.  In 1994, she was selected as the Outstanding Professor at Northwestern State University.


John R. Decker retured 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, taught college courses in education, and supervised preservice 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. 


Nancy K. Freeman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Early choldhood Education and Director of the Child Development and Research Center at the University of South Carolina. A former child care director and teacher, she currently consults for the campus child care center. Nancy has scholarly publications and conference presentations on topics such as professional ethics, service learning, and preparation of the childcare workforce. She is Chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on the Regulation of child day Care Facilities, has served on the Governing Board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and will assume its presidency in 2009.


Herman T. Knopf, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Child Development and Research Center at the University of South Carolina. A former child care director, teacher, and professional development coordinator, he is currently a consultant for the university-based child care center, and is engaged in research exploring the use of computer technology to enhance assessment practices and family communication among early care and education providers. He has published scholarly articles focused on family involvement, enhancing literacy practices, and professionalism in the field of early childhood education. He is presently on the board of directors for the Southern Early Childhood Association and the South Carolina Early Childhood Association.

Table of Contents

Overview of Early Care and Education and Program Administration
Constructing the Early Childhood Program's Framework
Developing a Vision, Mission, and Program Evaluation
Understanding Regulations, Accreditation Criteria, and Other Standards of Practice
Establishing Policies and Procedures
Operationalizing the Early Childhood Program
Leading and Managing Personnel
Creating a Quality Learning Environment
Financing and Budgeting
Marketing Your Child Care and Education Program
Implementing the Children's Program
Planning the Children's Program
Providing Nutrition, Health, and Safety Services
Assessment: An Essential Component of Effective Early Childhood Programming
Working with Familiies and Communities
Contributing to the Profession
NAEYC Program Administrator Definition and Competencies
Suppliers of Materials and Equipment
NAEYC Accreditation Standards
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Supplement (to the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct) for Program Adminstrators
Suggested Furniture and Furnishings
Poisonous Plants
Governing Board Profile Worksheets
Governing Board Job Description and Agreement
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