CDEC 2326
Administration of Programs for Children I

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Application of management procedures for early care and educational program. Includes planning, operating, supervising, and evaluating programs. Topics cover philosophy, types of programs, policies, fiscal management, regulations, staffing, evaluations, and communication.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop an initial operation plan
    2. Identify the functions of an administrator
    3. Evaluate an early care and educational program
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will be allowed to use their book and notes for the midterm exam
    3. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments        60%
    2. Midterm               20%
    3. Final                    20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Administration of Programs for Young Children, 9th Edition Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

The Director: A Broad View

History of Child Care in the United States
Child Care Today
Program Administration
The Director as Leader
The Director as Manager
Ethical Management Practices
Professional Development
Relations to the Board of Directors

Chapter 2

Diversity and Early Education

Culturally Aligned Services
Cultural Competence
Preserve Diversity
Administrator’s Role
Clarifying your Vision and Mission

Chapter 3

Choices: Schools and Programs

Types of Programs
Military-Based Child Care
Inclusive Programs

Chapter 4

Administering Program Plans

Program Planning
Goals Curriculum
Policy and Procedures

Chapter 5

Planning: Infants and Toddlers

Brain Research
Infant-Toddler Development
Developmentally Appropriate Program
Responding to Families in Culturally Sensitive Ways

Chapter 6

Planning: Preschool-Age Children

Preschool Development
Developmentally Appropriate Program
Diversity in the Program
Adaptations for Children with Special Needs

Chapter 7

Planning: School-Age Children

School-Age Programs
Developmentally Appropriate Program
Outdoor Environment

Chapter 8

Family Child Care

Provider Characteristics
The Future

Chapter 9

Staff Selection/Personnel Policies

Staff Turnover
Staff Selection
Staff Recruitment
Application Information
Selection Process
Personal Practices and Records

Chapter 10

Staff Supervision and Training

Director as Supervisor
Evaluation of Staff Performance
Professional Development
Planning Effective Meetings
Staff Turnover and Retention

Chapter 11


Expenses- Personnel
Fixed Expenses
Summary of Budget Cycle

Chapter 12

Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Program

Cooking Experiences
Food Purchasing
Food Preparation
Food Safety
Food Service for Children
Physical Activity

Chapter 13

Beginnings: A New Program/A New Year

Business Plan
Staff Selection
Working Checklist
Retaining Families



Last Modified: August 15, 2017