Students will integrate knowledge, theory and practical experience to develop skills in administration and supervision of early childhood education centers. The following topics will be included: interpersonal relationships, program planning, staff hiring, staff training and development, motivation, licensing standards, working with a board, establishing policies and procedures, community resources, facility planning, budgeting, purchasing equipment/materials, grouping and enrolling children, managing the food services, health/safety, center evaluations, working with families, volunteers, and the role of the community. Students will gain hands-on experience through field placement with a local early childhood center director.
TEXT: Developing and Administering A Child Care and Education Program. 9th Ed. Dorothy Sciarra, Anne Dorsey, Ellen Lynch and Shauna Adams. 2014.
Part 407 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Day Care Licensing Standards. Revised April 2014.
Four credit hour course.
FORMAT: Blended course that meets once a week for two hours, spring semester only.