Course Abstract Details

ECE-210, Child Care Administration

Credits: 3

Course Description

ECE-210, Child Care Administration, provides an overview of the basic child care services, including family day care, group day care, school-age child care, and nanny care. Focus will be on organization and administration of a child care center with emphasis on start-up, budgeting, licensing, and regulations. Appropriate methods, materials, and experiences for young children will be reviewed. This course meets state requirements for three semester hours of approved administrator training. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-A-D and ENG-097. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Fall term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:    

1. describe the components for establishing and maintaining an effective child care program including understanding of needs assessment, program philosophy, financial and budgetary responsibilities, program marketing, and licensing and regulation. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2, 3) 

2. identify issues involved in designating and developing appropriate center space. (GE 3; PG 1, 2, 3) 

3. develop procedures and policies that foster effective and respectful relationships with staff and clientele. (GE 7; PG 3) 

4. discuss the influence of marketing and publicity in the operation of the child care center. (GE 1, 5, 7; PG 1, 2) 

5. generate necessary administrative documents, including operational forms and outlines of handbooks. (GE 2, 4, 5, 7; PG 1, 3) 

6. discuss management styles that facilitate effective relationships with staff, board, parents, and children. (GE 7; PG 1, 3) 

7. complete program and staff evaluations that result in data useful for program and center improvement. (GE 3, 4, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

8. discuss current research relative to administration and supervision of a child care facility. (GE 3, 4; PG 1, 2, 3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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