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Effective: Summer 2011
CHLD 90CADMINISTRATION & SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS PART II4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of 9 units of child development courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Analyze the effectiveness of various marketing materials summarizing information about early care and education programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge needed to effectively market an early care and education program
  • Research and analyze typical operations in an early care and education program such as a parent tour, a parent conference, developing a staff handbook, staff orientation, parent education, developing health and safety standards, developing a staff development day.
Description -
In addition to the study of the development of the components of a quality early care and education program including the administrator's responsibilities in equipping the program, staffing, marketing the program, selecting, grouping and enrolling the children. Also included are the administrative responsibilities of food management, health and safety programs, evaluating center components, staff professional development, working with families, volunteers and the community.

Course Objectives -
  1. Analyze and apply criteria for making appropriate equipment and materials decisions for an early care and education program.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of interviewing and selection criteria in employment of qualified staff for an early care and education program.
  3. Formulate and demonstrate a marketing strategy for selling enrollment in an early care and education program.
  4. Develop a plan to select, group and enroll children in an early care and education program.
  5. Describe important components of a food management, health and safety risk management program for an early care and education program.
  6. Use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) to evaluate quality standards of an early care and education program.
  7. Construct a professional growth and development plan based on specific individual staff needs.
  8. Identify key aspects of working with families, volunteers and the community in the role of an administrator of an early care and education program.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Analyze and apply criteria for making appropriate equipment and materials decisions for an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Establishing needs
    2. Using selection criteria
    3. Working within a budget
    4. Ordering equipment
    5. Managing equipment
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of interviewing and selection criteria in employment of qualified staff for an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Designing personnel policies
    2. Designing job descriptions
    3. Selecting employees and orienting the employee
    4. Handling turnover
  3. Formulate and demonstrate a marketing strategy for selling enrollment in an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Understanding concepts of marketing an early care and education program
    2. Creating and presenting a parent tour for selling enrollment in an early care and education program
  4. Develop a plan to select, group and enroll children in an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Chronological versus Vertical Grouping
    2. Inclusion of atypically developing children
    3. Developing forms and systems
    4. Confidentiality
    5. Intake procedures
    6. Visits to the program and phasing in of child entering the program
  5. Describe important components of a food management, health and safety risk management program for an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Understanding the importance of staff training and reporting of child abuse
    2. Components for providing a complete food service
    3. Monitoring procedures for caring injured or sick children
    4. Emergency plans for natural or national disasters
  6. Use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) to evaluate quality standards of an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Administrator's role in evaluation
    2. Criteria for selecting an assessment tool
    3. Methods of assessing children's progress
    4. Examination of various program quality assessment tools
  7. Construct a professional growth and development plan based on specific individual staff needs. (Lec)
    1. Identifying career levels of teachers to plan professional development strategies
    2. Staff meetings and in service training
    3. Principles of supervision
  8. Identify key aspects of working with families, volunteers and the community in the role of an administrator of an early care and education program. (Lec)
    1. Components of a parent program
    2. Components of a parent handbook
    3. Recruiting and training volunteers
    4. Value of administrator's involvement in the community
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Interview of program director and evaluation of an early care and education program using ECERS-the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale.
  2. Written assignments
  3. Class discussion and participation
  4. Tests on text reading
  5. Create and present a mock parent tour of an early care and education program
  6. Development of an organizational structure
  7. Final written paper
Representative Text(s) -
Sciarra, Dorothy June and Anne G. Dorsey. Developing and Administering a Child Care Center, 7th ed., Albany, N.Y.: Delmar Publishers, 2007.
Harms, Thelma, Richard M, Clifford, and Debbie Cryer. Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Revised Edition, New York, N.Y.Teachers College Press, 2005. (This text is the latest edition and it remains relevant to the course.)

Disciplines -
Child Development
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Cooperative learning and small group activities
  3. Discussion of assigned readings
  4. Observations
  5. Oral presentations
  6. Guest speakers and panelists
  7. Final assessment paper
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Examples of Reading and Writing Assignments
  1. Reading and study of the text.
  2. Reading and written response to test questions, assignments and relevant articles and online reading material.
  3. Reaction writing assignments to guest speakers, video viewings, and experiences such as research projects and field trips.
  4. Research, planning and written evaluation of individual or group creative projects.