Planning and Administrating Early Childhood Programmes

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Leading text for the market. The book provides a complete and balanced picture of all elements of planning and administering for preschool and early primary programs including coverage on policy, evaluation, managing personnel, financing, record keeping and working with parents. New coverage in this edition on activity centers, safety, establishing goals, serving kids with special needs, and portfolio assessment. Each chapter now also has a section on "Trends and Issues."

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CELIA A. DECKER has been actively involved in early childhood education for over 30 years. She is currently serving a dual appointment in the Department of Education and Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwestern State University as professor of early childhood education. She is the program coordinator of graduate studies in early childhood education and teaches courses in early childhood education, child development, and dynamics of family relations.

In addition to co-authoring this text, she has published a secondary school/junior college text, "Children: The Early Years," along with the teaching supplements. She has presented papers at national, regional, and state annual meetings of professional associations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Association for Childhood Education International. She does extensive consulting work for Head Start, Even Start, and local school systems.

During her years of teaching as a kindergarten teacher in an inner-city school system and as a college professor, she has received many honors. Dr. Decker has been named to the Who's Who in Child Development Professionals, Who's Who in Personalities of the South, Who's Who in American Women, and the World's Who's Who in Education. In 1994 she was selected as the Outstanding Professor at Northwestern State University. She and her husband are the parents of twin sons in graduate school and a daughter who graduated from college in the spring of 2000.

After graduating from Hutchinson Junior College in Hutchinson, Kansas, JOHN DECKER graduated from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, with a BS in HumanRelations. Following 2 years of military service, he served as a district scout executive for Kau Council, BSA, Kansas City, Kansas. He obtained a teaching certificate from the University of Kansas and taught in two inner-city elementary schools in a large midwestern city. While completing the requirements for his masters and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration, he continued his teaching career at the elementary and college levels, respectively.

Since living in Louisiana, he has taught college classes as an assistant professor of education and has taught elementary school and high school classes in the public schools. He continues to take graduate courses and teaches college courses in the summer sessions as an adjunct professor as needed. He belongs to several organizations in which he gives workshops and speeches. Dr. Decker has been recognized for his 30-year membership in Phi Delta Kappa.

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Comprehensive Edition is Now More Accessible, Practical, and Relevant

  • New co-authors with experience developing and directing child development centers bring new practical insights and tools to this edition.
  • Historical information is reduced, making space for guidelines and forms to give students a real-life experience as they learn about becoming a director.
  • More emphasis on developing the program philosophy and carrying it through to other program areas, such as leading staff, implementing curriculum, assessing children and programs, designing and furnishing the facility, and working with families.
  • Expanded topics include elaboration of program leadership and the roles of an effective program administrator, guidance on applying codes of professional ethics, establishing policies that keep programs in line with applicable licensing and accreditation standards, and appropriate use of assessment and the process of program evaluation.

 

Includes a New Marketing Chapter  Written in an accessible style, this new chapter discusses how to cultivate a positive perception of the services offered in a child care center, components of a marketing plan, and how to develop internal and external marketing strategies, including guidelines for creating print media and a Web site.  

 

Chapters Linked to NAEYC Director Competencies.  Alignment with NAEYC Director Competencies helps prepare prospective and in-service directors for guiding their programs through NAEYC Accreditation. This knowledge and these skills also prepare directors to satisfy other standards of quality such as states’ Quality Rating Systems and requirements for state-funded pre-kindergarten programs.

 

Pedagogy is Useful for Online or Traditional Courses.  Application Activities, within chapters, have students stop and apply material. Reflection items give students practice considering evidence, their own thoughts, and making decisions.

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