ECE 250: Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood

Course Description

This course will focus on the development and administration of early care and education programs for ages birth through eight years. Best practice, quality programming, and program evaluation are examined. Management and leadership skills addressed include: leadership and advocacy, human relations, self awareness, staff management, family and community, public relations and marketing, eductaional programming, regulatory/legal requrirements, and fiscal management. Early childhood skills and knowledge topics include: child development, curriculum and instructional methods learning environments, health, safety and nutrition, classroom guidance, children with special needs, and professional development. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify leadership skills and the behaviors of a child care administrator.
  2. Demonstrate, compare, and apply an understanding of child care regulations and accreditation criteria.
  3. Explain components and process of program and facility development.
  4. Examine various forms of organizational structures.
  5. Illustrate an understanding of fiscal management practices and interpretation of basic budget.
  6. Demonstrate educational programming within the framework of philosophy and practice including accommodating children with diverse needs and backgrounds.
  7. Analyze program policies and procedures for parents and personnel.
  8. Describe and discuss the components of a comprehensive program evaluation and show how evaluation data can be utilized for program planning.
  9. Examine various marketing and public relations tools.
  10. Describe the health, safety, and nutrition components of an early care program.
  11. Explore the meaning of professional ethics and the application of ethical practices.
  12. Investigate the use of technology in the administration, educational programming, and communication of program information.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Journals (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Individual Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Individual Project (Week 7)

15%

Midterm and Final Exams (Weeks 4 & 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Feeney, Stephanie. Ethics and Early Childhood Educator. 3rd ed. NAEYC, 2018. ISBN-10: 1-938113-33-0 or ISBN-13: 978-1-938113-33-8
    Note: This textbook is also required for ECE 205 and ECE 351.
  • Adams, S., Kronberg, A., Donley, M., and Lynch, E. Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program. 10th ed. Cengage Learning, 2022. ISBN-13: 978-0-357-51320-0

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,3,11,12

Topic: The Early Childhood Director / Establishing a Program

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch : Chapter 1 - The Effective Director
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch : Chapter 2 - Assessing Community Need and Establishing a Program
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Appendix A:  NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
    • Feeney: chapter 1 - An Introduction to Ethics
    • Feeney: chapter 2 - The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Leadership Competencies and Qualities  
  • Assignment: Community Needs and Mission Statement
  • Submit Journal
  • Choose topic for Individual Project

2

2,4,6

Topics: Licensing, Accreditation and Credentialing / Organizational Structure and Program Governance

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch : Chapter 3 - Licensing, Credentialing and Accreditation  
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 4 - Organizing Program Structure and Working with a Board 
    • Review your state regulations for licensing child care facilities
    • NAEYC Position Statement: Accreditation
    • NAEYC Position Statement: Licensing and Public Regulation
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Outline for individual project    
  • Assignment: Pros and Cons of Licensure and Accreditation
  • Submit Journal

3

5,11

Topics: Financial Matters and Program Funding and Sources

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 5 - Handling Financial Matters
    • Feeney: Chapter 3 - Addressing Ethical Issues
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Budget analysis
  • Assignment: Analysis of grant application
  • Submit Journal

4

3,6

Topic: Facility Development

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 6 - Developing a Program Facility
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 7 - Equipping the Program 

 

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Floor Plan Comparison  
  • Assignment: When the Plan Changes!
  • Submit Journal
  • Complete Midterm Exam
  • Continue work on individual project - progress report due Week 5

Midterm Exam
Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapters 1-5 and Feeney: Chapters 1-3 and related readings

5

7,11

Topics: Personnel and Personnel Development

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch:  Chapter 8 - Staffing the Program  
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch:  Chapter 14 - Providing for Personnel and Professional Staff Development 
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Appendix B - NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs (pp 367 - 368)
    • Feeney: Chapter 6 - Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Principles of Effective Supervision
  • Assignment: Individual Project Progress Report
  • Submit Journal

6

6,10,12

Topics: Recruiting Children and Supporting Quality Curriculum

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Concept Planer:  Practice in Planning
  • Submit Journal
  • Continue work on individual project - Project is due at the end of next week.

7

7,9,10,12

Topics: Health Safety and Families and Community

  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 11 - Managing the Food and the Health and Safety Programs 
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 13 - Working with Families, Volunteers, and the Community 
    • Feeney: chapter 5 - Ethical Responsibilities to Families
    • Feeney: chapter 7 - Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society
    • Review the licensing standards for your state related to health and safety
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Evaluating your Communication System
  • Submit Journal

8

8,9,11,12

Topic: Program Evaluation and Marketing and Ethics
  • Readings:
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 15 - Evaluating Program Components 
    • Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapter 16 - Marketing the Program 
    • Feeney: chapter 8 -The Code of Ethical Conduct is a Living Document
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Assignment: Assessments  
  • Assignment: SWOT analysis
  • Submit Journal
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Adams, Kronberg, Donley and Lynch: Chapters 6 through 16 and Feeney: Chapters 4-8 and related readings

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