Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs (9th Edition)

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Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, Ninth Edition, is build on the conviction that thoughtful planning and administration are essential to the success of early childhood programs. The authors' main priority is to present the rationale for thoughtful planning and administration. The more administrators know about factors influencing quality programs, the better equipped they will be to plan and administer their own high quality programs.   With that in mind, this text addresses all aspects of program administration, taking readers from the earliest stages of planning the facility and identifying the program's goals, through program implementation and evaluation. It is a practical and readable resource intended for students of program administaration as well as practicing program administrators. Both groups will find the book to be a resource that will ensure their success in thier chosen field. Each chapter includes practical Application Activities and refers readers to authoratative websites that enhance and elaborate on topical discussions. Two new co-authors bring additional insights and experience in developing and directing child development centers.   Covering a range of topics from developing a mission statement, to financing and budgeting,  to furnishing and design, this is a truly comprehensive volume on planning and maintaining a successful early childhood care center.

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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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Celia A. Decker retired after 38 years of service in early childhood education. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of professor of early childhood education at Northwestern State University and served as the program coordinator of graduate studies in early childhood education.  In addition to coauthoring this text, she is the author of Children: The Early Years and its supplements, as well as coauthor of Parents and Their Children , both published by Goodheart-Wilcox.  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, the Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Association for Childhood Education International.  She has served as a consultant for Head Start, Even Start, and local school systems.  During her years of teaching kindergarten in an inner-city school system and as a college professor, she received many honors.  Dr. Decker has been named to 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.

 

John R. Decker retured after an elementary teaching and administrative career of 37 years.  Before entering the field of education, he served as a district scout executive for Kaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, Kansas.  His educational career included elementary teaching positions in inner-city schools, in an open education program, and in rural public schools.  He also served as assistant professor of education, taught college courses in education, and supervised preservice teachers in a federally supported college-based program.  He has frequently given speeches and workshops for professional organizations.  He has been recognized for his 30-year membership in Phi Delta Kappa. 

 

Nancy K. Freeman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Early choldhood Education and Director of the Child Development and Research Center at the University of South Carolina. A former child care director and teacher, she currently consults for the campus child care center. Nancy has scholarly publications and conference presentations on topics such as professional ethics, service learning, and preparation of the childcare workforce. She is Chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on the Regulation of child day Care Facilities, has served on the Governing Board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and will assume its presidency in 2009.

 

Herman T. Knopf, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Child Development and Research Center at the University of South Carolina. A former child care director, teacher, and professional development coordinator, he is currently a consultant for the university-based child care center, and is engaged in research exploring the use of computer technology to enhance assessment practices and family communication among early care and education providers. He has published scholarly articles focused on family involvement, enhancing literacy practices, and professionalism in the field of early childhood education. He is presently on the board of directors for the Southern Early Childhood Association and the South Carolina Early Childhood Association.

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