Management of Child Development Centers is the core book that students of child development center administration need to help them learn to manage effectively in the twenty-first century. It is the only book structured around the thirteen competencies that capable, confident child development center directors must possess. This practical book by professor Patricia F. Hearron, a former child development center manager, and well-known author and professor emeritus Verna Hildebrand, focuses on targeted problem-solving strategies, decision-making, and specific tools. A classic in the field since 1984, the sixth edition of Management of Child Development Centers has been updated and expanded to emphasize strategies and solutions to the challenges facing today's child development center managers. Early Childcare (preK) educators/administrators, Head Start programs, and other early childcare agencies
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Designed to prepare students to manage high-quality early childhood programs that enhance the development of young children, this text provides comprehensive treatment of the special mix of child development and childcare management principles, skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will ensure success. Contemporary in perspective, it addresses all principles and skills that early childhood program managers need to provide services that are culturally responsive, inclusive, and sensitive to a variety of family needs. Center accreditation is highlighted throughout as is parental involvement in each child's education and care.About the Author:
Patricia Hearron teaches child development and early education at Appalachian State University where she has coordinated the Birth-Kindergarten teacher preparation program since 1994. Before coming to Appalachian, she worked with children and families in a variety of roles: as Child Life Specialist in a children’s health clinic; a teacher and director of full- and part-day programs; a state child care licensing agent; and as a consultant, conducting professional development workshops for teachers and caregivers in Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. In addition to Management of Child Development Programs , she is co-author (with Verna Hildebrand) of Guiding Young Children . She has published and presented on a wide variety of early childhood topics, including the importance of outdoor play, inclusion of children with disabilities in infant-toddler programs, the project approach, and aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education and care.
Verna Hildebrand taught child development and early education in the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the field and has published several widely used textbooks, including an Introduction to Early Childhood Education ; Parenting: Rewards and Responsibilities ; and Knowing and Serving Diverse Families . In addition to Management of Child Development Programs , she is co-author (with Patricia Hearron) of Guiding Young Children .
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